Ebbw Vale (UK Parliament constituency)

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Ebbw Vale
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
19181983
Number of members One
Replaced by Blaenau Gwent and Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney[1]
Created from West Monmouthshire

Ebbw Vale was a constituency in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was created for the 1918 general election and returned one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system until it was abolished for the 1983 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency was first contested in 1918 and was used until 1983. It comprised the north-western part of the historic county of Monmouthshire, in south-east Wales.

The seat was a county constituency, formed as a division of Monmouthshire. The areas, which comprised the seat, were Ebbw Vale, Rhymney and Tredegar. The division included three Urban District council areas, one named after each town. The boundaries were left unchanged throughout the existence of the Ebbw Vale constituency.[2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 Thomas Richards Labour
1920 by-election Evan Davies Labour
1929 Aneurin Bevan Labour
1960 by-election Michael Foot Labour
1983 constituency abolished. See Blaenau Gwent

Elections[edit]

Election in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Ebbw Vale[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michael Foot 20,028 69.2 -4.9
Conservative Geoffrey Inkin[4] 3,937 13.6 +2.5
Liberal A T Pope 3,082 10.7 -0.4
Plaid Cymru G R J ap Robert 1,884 6.5 -0.8
Majority 16,091 55.6 -7.4
Turnout 28,931 79.9 +3.8
General Election October 1974: Ebbw Vale[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michael Foot 21,226 74.1 +4.6
Liberal Angus Donaldson 3,167 11.1 -5.7
Conservative Jonathan Evans 2,153 7.5 -0.3
Plaid Cymru G R J ap Robert 2,101 7.3 +1.4
Majority 18,059 63.0 +10.3
Turnout 28,647 76.1 -3.4
General Election February 1974: Ebbw Vale[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michael Foot 20,660 69.5 -2.9
Liberal Angus Donaldson 4,996 16.8 +2.3
Conservative Jonathan Evans 2,303 7.8 +0.7
Plaid Cymru J D Rogers 1,767 5.9 -0.1
Majority 15,664 52.7 -5.2
Turnout 29,726 79.5 +1.1
General Election 1970: Ebbw Vale[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michael Foot 21,817 72.4 -12.7
Liberal Angus Donaldson 4,371 14.5 ...
Conservative Elgar Jenkins 2,146 7.1 -7.8
Plaid Cymru Derek James Baskerville 1,805 6.0 ...
Majority 17,446 57.9 -12.3
Turnout 30,139 78.4 -0.9

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Ebbw Vale[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michael Foot 24,936 85.1 +1.5
Conservative John Lovill 4,352 14.9 -1.5
Majority 20,584 70.2 +3.0
Turnout 29,288 79.3 -0.2
General Election 1964: Ebbw Vale[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michael Foot 25,220 83.6 +14.8
Conservative Brandon Rhys-Williams 4,949 16.4 +3.7
Majority 20,271 67.2 +11.1
Turnout 30,169 79.5 +3.4
Ebbw Vale by-election, 1960[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Michael Foot 20,528 68.8 -12.2
Conservative Brandon Rhys-Williams 3,799 12.7 -6.3
Liberal Patrick Lort-Phillips 3,449 11.5 ...
Plaid Cymru Emrys Roberts 2,091 7.0 ...
Majority 16,729 56.1 -5.9
Turnout 29,867 76.1 -9.7

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Ebbw Vale[5] [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Aneurin Bevan 27,326 81.0 +1.7
Conservative Arthur Gwynne Davies 6,404 19.0 -1.7
Majority 20,922 62.0 +3.4
Turnout 33,730 85.8 +2.1
General Election 1955: Ebbw Vale[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Aneurin Bevan 26,058 79.3 -1.4
Conservative James E Bowen 6,822 20.7 +1.4
Majority 19,236 58.6 -2.8
Turnout 32,880 83.7 -3.3
General Election 1951: Ebbw Vale[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Aneurin Bevan 28,283 80.7 0.0
Conservative James E Bowen 6,754 19.3 0.0
Majority 21,529 61.4 0.0
Turnout 35,037 87.0 +0.3
General Election 1950: Ebbw Vale[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Aneurin Bevan 28,245 80.7 +0.6
Conservative Graeme Finlay 6,745 19.3 -0.6
Majority 21,500 61.4 +1.2
Turnout 34,990 86.7 +4.1

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Ebbw Vale[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Aneurin Bevan 27,209 80.1 +2.3
Conservative Charles Stanley Parker 6,758 19.9 -2.3
Majority 20,451 60.2 +4.6
Turnout 33,967 82.6 0.00

Election in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Ebbw Vale[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Aneurin Bevan 25,007 77.8 ...
Conservative Ethel Scarborough 7,145 22.2 ...
Majority 17,862 55.6 ...
Turnout 32,152 82.6 ...
General Election 1931: Ebbw Vale[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Aneurin Bevan Unopposed ... ...

Election in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Ebbw Vale [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Aneurin Bevan 20,088 60.3 n/a
Liberal William Griffiths 8,924 26.8 n/a
Unionist Mark Brace 4,287 12.9 n/a
Majority 11,164 33.5 n/a
Turnout 33,299 85.9 n/a
Labour hold Swing n/a
General Election 1923: Ebbw Vale [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Evan Davies 16,492 65.6 +0.2
Liberal Cyrus Golyddon Davies 8,639 34.4 n/a
Majority 7,853 31.2 +0.4
Turnout 25,131 75.8 -2.4
Labour hold Swing n/a
General Election 1922: Ebbw Vale [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Evan Davies 16,947 65.4 n/a
Unionist Morgan Morgan 8,951 34.6 n/a
Majority 7,996 30.8 n/a
Turnout 25,898 78.2 n/a
Labour hold Swing n/a
Ebbw Vale by-election, 1920[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Evan Davies Unopposed ... ...

Election in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Ebbw Vale[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Richards Unopposed ... ...

References[edit]

  • Boundaries of Parliamentary Constituencies 1885-1972, compiled and edited by F. W. S. Craig (Political Reference Publications, 1972) ISBN 0-900178-09-4
  • British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (The Macmillan Press, revised edition, 1977) ISBN 0-333-23048-5
  • British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Research Services, 2nd edition, 1983) ISBN 0-900178-07-8
  • British Parliamentary Election Results 1974-1983, compiled and edited by F.W.S. Craig (Parliamentary Research Services 1984) ISBN 0-900178-23-X
  1. ^ "'Ebbw Vale', Feb 1974 - May 1983". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Boundaries of Parliamentary Constituencies 1885-1972, pages 38 (1918), 105 (1950), 152 (1971) and 199-202 (maps).
  3. ^ a b c British Parliamentary Election Results 1974-1983, page 277
  4. ^ Kelsey, Chris (3 August 2013). "Tributes paid to Sir Geoffrey Inkin, creator of Cardiff Bay". Wales Online. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h British Parliamentary Election Results 1950-1973, page 586
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, page 566