Islwyn (UK Parliament constituency)

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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 countyGwent
Electorate54,792 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlementsBlackwood, Risca, Pontllanfraith, Newbridge
Current constituency
Created1983
Member of ParliamentChris Evans (Labour Co-operative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromBedwellty and Abertillery[2]
Overlaps
Senedd Cymru – Welsh ParliamentSouth Wales East

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 Notes
1983 Neil Kinnock Labour Leader of the Labour Party & Leader of the Opposition 1983-92
1995 by-election Don Touhig Labour Co-op
2010 Chris Evans Labour Co-op

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General election 1983: Islwyn[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Neil Kinnock 23,183 59.4 N/A
SDP David Johnson 8,803 22.5 N/A
Conservative Michael Bevan 5,511 14.1 N/A
Plaid Cymru William Richards 1,574 4.0 N/A
Majority 14,380 36.9 N/A
Turnout 39,071 77.7 N/A
Registered electors 50,259
Labour win (new seat)
General election 1987: Islwyn[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Neil Kinnock 28,901 71.3 +11.9
Conservative John Twitchen 5,954 14.7 +0.6
SDP Jacqui Gasson 3,746 9.2 −13.3
Plaid Cymru William Richards 1,932 4.8 +0.8
Majority 22,947 56.6 +19.7
Turnout 40,533 80.4 +2.7
Registered electors 50,414
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General election 1992: Islwyn[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Neil Kinnock 30,908 74.3 +3.0
Conservative Peter Bone 6,180 14.9 +0.2
Liberal Democrats Michael Symonds 2,352 5.7 −3.5
Plaid Cymru (Green) Helen Jones 1,606 3.9 -0.9
Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch 547 1.3 N/A
Majority 24,728 59.4 +2.8
Turnout 41,593 81.4 +1.0
Registered electors 51,079
Labour hold Swing +1.4
1995 Islwyn by-election[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Don Touhig 16,030 69.2 −5.1
Plaid Cymru Jocelyn Davies 2,933 12.7 +8.8
Liberal Democrats John Bushell 2,448 10.6 +4.9
Conservative Robert Buckland 913 3.9 −11.0
Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch 506 2.2 +0.8
UKIP Hugh Hughes 289 1.2 N/A
Natural Law Trevor Rees 47 0.2 N/A
Majority 13,097 56.5 -2.9
Turnout 23,166 45.1 −36.3
Registered electors 50,971
Labour Co-op gain from Labour Swing -2.9
General election 1997: Islwyn[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Don Touhig 26,995 74.2 −0.1
Liberal Democrats Christopher Worker 3,064 8.4 +2.7
Conservative David Walters 2,864 7.9 −7.0
Plaid Cymru Darren Jones 2,272 6.2 +2.3
Referendum Susan Monaghan 1,209 3.3 N/A
Majority 23,391 65.8 +6.4
Turnout 36,404 72.0 -9.4
Registered electors 50,540
Labour Co-op gain from Labour Swing -1.5

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General election 2001: Islwyn[11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Don Touhig 19,505 61.5 -12.7
Liberal Democrats Kevin Etheridge 4,196 13.2 +4.8
Plaid Cymru Leigh Thomas 3,767 11.9 +5.7
Conservative Phillip Howells 2,543 8.0 +0.1
Independent Paul Taylor 1,263 4.0 N/A
Socialist Labour Mary Millington 417 1.3 N/A
Majority 15,309 48.3 -17.5
Turnout 31,691 61.9 -10.1
Registered electors 51,230
Labour Co-op hold Swing -8.7
General election 2005: Islwyn[13][14]
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 Democrats Lee Dillon 3,873 12.5 -0.7
Conservative Phillip Howells 3,358 10.9 +2.9
Majority 15,740 51.0 +2.7
Turnout 30,865 61.0 -0.9
Registered electors 50,095
Labour Co-op hold Swing +0.7

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General election 2010: Islwyn[15][16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Chris 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 Democrats 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 -15.8
Turnout 34,690 63.3 +3.0
Registered electors 54,866
Labour Co-op hold Swing -9.1
General election 2015: Islwyn[17][18][19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Chris 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 Democrats Brendan D'Cruz 950 2.7 -7.7
Green Peter Varley 659 1.9 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Von Magpie Baron 213 0.6 N/A
TUSC Josh Rawcliffe 151 0.4 N/A
Majority 10,404 29.4 -5.8
Turnout 35,401 63.6 +0.3
Registered electors 55,697
Labour Co-op hold Swing
General election 2017: Islwyn[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Chris Evans 21,238 58.8 +9.8
Conservative Dan Thomas 9,826 27.2 +12.0
Plaid Cymru Darren Jones 2,739 7.6 -3.1
UKIP Joe Smyth 1,605 4.4 -15.2
Liberal Democrats Matthew Kidner 685 1.9 -0.8
Majority 11,412 31.6 +2.2
Turnout 36,093 64.2 +0.6
Registered electors 56,256
Labour Co-op hold Swing -1.1
General election 2019: Islwyn[21][22][23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Chris Evans 15,356 44.7 -14.1
Conservative Gavin Chambers 9,892 28.8 +1.6
Brexit Party James Wells 4,834 14.1 N/A
Plaid Cymru Zoe Hammond 2,287 6.7 -0.9
Liberal Democrats Jo Watkins 1,313 3.8 +1.9
Green Catherine Linstrum 669 1.9 N/A
Rejected ballots 145
Majority 5,464 15.9 -15.7
Turnout 34,351 62.0 -2.2
Registered electors 55,423
Labour Co-op hold Swing -7.9

Of the 145 rejected ballots:

  • 53 were either unmarked or it was uncertain who the vote was for.[23]
  • 92 voted for more than one candidate.[23]

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. Archived from the original on 12 March 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "I"
  4. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  8. ^ Boothroyd, David. "Results of Byelections in the 1992-97 Parliament". United Kingdom Election Results. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  9. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  10. ^ "BBC NEWS>VOTE 2001>Results and Constituencies>Islwyn". Vote 2001. BBC News. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  12. ^ "BBC NEWS > Islwyn". Vote 2001. BBC News. 7 June 2001. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  13. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Islwyn parliamentary constituency - Election 2005" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  15. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  16. ^ Islwyn BBC Election - Islwyn
  17. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  18. ^ "Islwyn result". General Election 2015 - Results for Islwyn constituency. Caerphilly County Borough Council. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  19. ^ "Islwyn Parliamentary constituency". Election 2015 Results. BBC. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  20. ^ "Islwyn Parliamentary constituency". Election 2017 Results. BBC. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  21. ^ "General Election 2019". Caerphilly County Borough Council. Caerphilly County Borough Council. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  22. ^ "Islwyn Parliamentary constituency". Election 2019 Results. BBC. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  23. ^ a b c "Election-Results/General-Election-2019". Caerphilly Council. Caerphilly Council. Retrieved 4 April 2020.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Blaenau Gwent
Constituency represented by the Leader of the Opposition
1983–1992
Succeeded by
Monklands East