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 Chris Evans Labour Co-op

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Islwyn[4][5]
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[6] 950 2.7 −7.7
Green Peter Varley[7] 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[8][9]
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[10]
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[11]
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[12]
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[13][14]
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[15]
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[16]
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. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Islwyn result". General Election 2015 - Results for Islwyn constituency. Caerphilly County Borough Council. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "Member of Parliament for Islwyn". YourNextMP. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Wales Green Party - Peter Varley is Green Candidate for Islwyn". 
  8. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  9. ^ Islwyn BBC Election - Islwyn
  10. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  15. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Blaenau Gwent
Constituency represented by the Leader of the Opposition
1983–1992
Succeeded by
Monklands East