Islwyn (UK Parliament constituency)

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Not to be confused with Islwyn (Assembly constituency).

Coordinates: 51°39′11″N 3°11′24″W / 51.653°N 3.190°W / 51.653; -3.190

Islwyn
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Islwyn in Wales.
Preserved county Gwent
Electorate 54,792 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Blackwood, Risca, Pontllanfraith, Newbridge
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of parliament Chris Evans (Labour Co-op)
Number of members One
Created from Bedwellty and Abertillery[2]
Overlaps
Welsh Assembly South Wales East
European Parliament constituency Wales

Islwyn (Welsh pronunciation: [ˈɪslʊɨn]) is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. This area, historically known for coal-mining, is a safe Labour Party seat which was once held by the party's former leader Neil Kinnock, who served as opposition leader for nearly a decade until 1992. The current MP is Chris Evans, first elected at the 2010 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

1983-2010: The Borough of Islwyn.

2010-present: The Caerphilly County Borough electoral divisions of Aberbargoed, Abercarn, Argoed, Blackwood, Cefn Fforest, Crosskeys, Crumlin, Maesycwmmer, Newbridge, Pengam, Penmaen, Pontllanfraith, Risca East, Risca West, and Ynysddu.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1983 Neil Kinnock Labour
1995 by-election Don Touhig Labour Co-op
2010 Christopher James Evans Labour Co-op

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Islwyn [4] [5][6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Christopher James Evans 17,336 49.0 −0.2
UKIP Joe Smyth 6,932 19.6 +16.9
Conservative Laura Anne Jones 5,366 15.2 +1.2
Plaid Cymru Lyn Ackerman 3,794 10.7 −2.3
Liberal Democrat Brendan D'Cruz[8] 950 2.7 −7.7
Green Peter Varley 659 1.9 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Baron von Magpie 213 0.6 N/A
TUSC Joshua Rawcliffe 151 0.4 N/A
Majority 10,404 29.4 −5.8
Turnout 35,401 63.6 +0.3
Labour Co-op hold Swing -8.5
General Election 2010: Islwyn[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Christopher James Evans 17,069 49.2 −15.1
Conservative Daniel Thomas 4,854 14.0 +3.0
Plaid Cymru Steffan Lewis 4,518 13.0 +0.2
Liberal Democrat Ashgar Ali 3,597 10.4 −1.8
Independent Dave Rees 1,495 4.3 N/A
BNP John Voisey 1,320 3.8 N/A
UKIP Jason Crew 936 2.7 N/A
Independent Paul Taylor 901 2.6 N/A
Majority 12,215 35.2
Turnout 34,690 63.3 +3.0
Labour Co-op hold Swing −9.1

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Islwyn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Don Touhig 19,687 63.8 +2.3
Plaid Cymru Jim Criddle 3,947 12.8 +0.9
Liberal Democrat Lee Dillon 3,873 12.5 −0.7
Conservative Phillip Howells 3,358 10.9 +2.9
Majority 15,740 51.0
Turnout 30,865 61.0 −0.9
Labour Co-op hold Swing +0.7
General Election 2001: Islwyn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Don Touhig 19,505 61.5 −12.6
Liberal Democrat Kevin Etheridge 4,196 13.2 +4.8
Plaid Cymru Leigh Thomas 3,767 11.9 +5.6
Conservative Phillip Howells 2,543 8.0 +0.2
Independent Paul Taylor 1,263 4.0 N/A
Socialist Labour Mary Millington 417 1.3 N/A
Majority 15,309 48.3
Turnout 31,691 61.9 −10.2
Labour Co-op hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Islwyn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Don Touhig 26,995 74.2 −0.2
Liberal Democrat Christopher John Worker 3,064 8.4 +2.8
Conservative David Russell Walters 2,864 7.9 −7.0
Plaid Cymru Darren Jones 2,272 6.2 +2.4
Referendum Susan Marie Monaghan 1,209 3.3 N/A
Majority 23,391 65.8
Turnout 36,404 72.0
Labour Co-op hold Swing
By-election 1995: Islwyn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Don Touhig 16,030 69.2 −5.1
Plaid Cymru Jocelyn Davies 2,933 12.7 +8.8
Liberal Democrat John Bushell 2,448 10.6 +4.9
Conservative Robert Buckland 913 3.9 −10.9
Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch 506 2.2 +0.9
UKIP Hugh Moelwyn Hughes 289 1.2 N/A
Natural Law Trevor Rees 47 0.2 N/A
Majority 13,097 56.5
Turnout 23,166 45.1 −36.3
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Islwyn[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Neil Kinnock 30,908 74.3 +3.0
Conservative Peter Bone 6,180 14.9 +0.2
Liberal Democrat Michael Andrew Symonds 2,352 5.7 −3.6
Plaid Cymru (Green) Helen Mary Jones 1,606 3.9 +3.9
Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch 547 1.3 N/A
Majority 24,728 59.5 +2.8
Turnout 41,593 81.4 +1.0
Labour hold Swing +1.4

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Islwyn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Neil Kinnock 28,901 71.3 +11.9
Conservative John Kenneth Twitchen 5,954 14.7 +0.6
Social Democratic Jacqui Gasson 3,746 9.2 −13.5
Plaid Cymru William Aneurin Richards 1,932 4.8 +0.8
Majority 22,947 56.6
Turnout 40,533 80.4 +2.7
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Islwyn
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Neil Kinnock 23,183 59.4 N/A
Social Democratic David Stanley Johnson 8,803 22.5 N/A
Conservative Michael James Bevan 5,511 14.1 N/A
Plaid Cymru William Aneurin Richards 1,574 4.0 N/A
Majority 14,380 36.9 N/A
Turnout 39,071 77.7 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Beyond 20/20 WDS - Table view". 2011 Electorate Figures. StatsWales. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "'Islwyn', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 11 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "I" [self-published source][better source needed]
  4. ^ "Islwyn result". General Election 2015 - Results for Islwyn constituency. Caerphilly County Borough Council. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  5. ^ http://electionresults.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/islwyn-2015.html
  6. ^ http://wales.greenparty.org.uk/news.html/2014/11/13/peter-varley-is-green-candidate-for-islwyn/
  7. ^ http://www.ukipwales.org.uk/our-candidates/4587404460
  8. ^ "Member of Parliament for Islwyn". YourNextMP. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  9. ^ Islwyn Caerphilly County Borough Council - Islwyn candidates
  10. ^ Islwyn BBC Election - Islwyn
  11. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Blaenau Gwent
Constituency represented by the Leader of the Opposition
1983–1992
Succeeded by
Monklands East