Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°45′07″N 3°18′29″W / 51.752°N 3.308°W / 51.752; -3.308

Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney in Wales.
Electorate 55,409 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Merthyr Tydfil, Rhymney
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of parliament Gerald Jones (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Merthyr Tydfil, Caerphilly, Ebbw Vale, Bedwellty and Brecon & Radnor[2]
Overlaps
Welsh Assembly South Wales East
European Parliament constituency Wales

Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney (Welsh: Merthyr Tudful a Rhymni) is a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

Boundaries[edit]

1983-1997: The Borough of Merthyr Tydfil, and the District of Rhymney Valley wards Nos. 5 and 14 to 20.

1997-2010: The County Borough of Merthyr Tydfil, and the Caerphilly County Borough wards of Abertysswg, Darren Valley, Moriah, New Tredegar, Pontlottyn, Tir-Phil, and Twyn Carno.

2010-present: The Merthyr Tydfil County Borough electoral divisions of Bedlinog, Cyfarthfa, Dowlais, Gurnos, Merthyr Vale, Park, Penydarren, Plymouth, Town, Treharris, and Vaynor, and the Caerphilly County Borough electoral divisions of Darran Valley, Moriah, New Tredegar, Pontlottyn, and Twyn Carno.

As its name suggests, the main towns are Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney. The seat is bordered by the constituencies of Blaenau Gwent, Brecon and Radnorshire, Caerphilly, Cynon Valley, and Islwyn.

History[edit]

The constituency was created for the 1983 general election, prior to this Merthyr Tydfil had been in its own eponymous constituency and Rhymney was in the seat of Ebbw Vale (at the time Michael Foot's constituency) which was abolished at that election.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1983 Ted Rowlands Labour
2001 Dai Havard Labour
2015 Gerald Jones Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gerald Jones[6] 17,619 53.9 +10.2
UKIP David Rowlands[7] 6,106 18.7 +15.9
Conservative Bill Rees 3,292 10.1 +2.5
Plaid Cymru Rhayna Pritchard 3,099 9.5 +4.4
Liberal Democrat Bob Griffin[8] 1,351 4.1 −26.9
Green Elspeth Parris[9] 603 1.8 n/a
Independent Eddy Blanche 459 1.4 n/a
Communist Robert David Griffiths 186 0.6 n/a
Majority 11,513 35.2 +22.6
Turnout 32,715 53.0 −5.6
Labour hold Swing -2.8
General Election 2010: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Dai Havard 14,007 43.7 −16.8
Liberal Democrat Amy Kitcher 9,951 31.0 +17.0
Conservative Maria Hill 2,412 7.5 −1.4
Independent Clive Tovey 1,845 5.8 N/A
Plaid Cymru Glyndwr Jones 1,621 5.1 −4.9
BNP Richard Barnes 1,173 3.7 N/A
UKIP Adam Brown 872 2.7 +0.4
Socialist Labour Alan Cowdell 195 0.6 −0.3
Majority 4,056 12.6
Turnout 32,076 58.6 +3.2
Labour hold Swing −16.9

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Dai Havard 18,129 60.5 −1.3
Liberal Democrat Ceirion Rees 4,195 14.0 +6.5
Plaid Cymru Noel Turner 2,972 9.9 −4.8
Conservative Roger Berry 2,680 8.9 +1.7
Forward Wales Neil Greer 1,030 3.4 +3.4
UKIP Gwyn Parry 699 2.3 +2.3
Socialist Labour Ina Marsden 271 0.9 −1.3
Majority 13,934 46.5
Turnout 29,976 54.9 −2.8
Labour hold Swing −3.9
General Election 2001: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Dai Havard 19,574 61.8 −14.9
Plaid Cymru Robert Hughes 4,651 14.7 +8.7
Liberal Democrat Keith Rogers 2,385 7.5 +0.1
Conservative Richard Cuming 2,272 7.2 +0.8
Independent Jeffrey Edwards 1,936 6.1 N/A
Socialist Labour Ken Evans 692 2.2 N/A
ProLife Alliance Anthony Lewis 174 0.5 N/A
Majority 14,923 47.1
Turnout 31,684 57.7 −11.6
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edward Rowlands 30,012 76.7
Liberal Democrat Duncan Josef Anstey 2,926 7.5 +0.1
Conservative Jonathan Barrie Robert Winston Morgan 2,508 6.4 +0.8
Plaid Cymru Alun Geraint Cox 2,344 6.0
Independent Labour Alan Brian Cowdell 691 1.8
Referendum Ronald William Hutchings 660 1.7
Majority 27,086 69.2
Turnout 39,141 69.3
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney[15][16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edward Rowlands 31,710 71.6 −3.8
Liberal Democrat Robyn Patrick Joseph Rowland 4,997 11.3 +3.2
Conservative Mark James Hughes 4,904 11.1 −0.8
Plaid Cymru Alun Geraint Cox 2,704 6.1 +1.4
Majority 26,713 60.3 −3.2
Turnout 44,315 75.8 −0.3
Labour hold Swing −3.5

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edward Rowlands 33,477 75.3 +8.0
Conservative Nicholas McIndoe Walters 5,270 11.9 −0.7
Liberal Pravat Kumar Verma 3,573 8.0 −6.7
Plaid Cymru Janet Marion Davies 2,085 4.7 −0.1
Majority 28,130 63.4
Turnout 76.2 +3.7
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edward Rowlands 29,053 67.3 N/A
Liberal Philip Clive Owen 6,323 14.7 N/A
Conservative Richard Blausten 5,449 12.6 N/A
Plaid Cymru Gerald Howells 2,058 4.8 N/A
Workers Revolutionary Royden Travis Gould 256 0.6 N/A
Majority 22,730 52.7 N/A
Turnout 43,139 72.5 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Beyond 20/20 WDS - Table view". 2011 Electorate Figures. StatsWales. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "'Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 2)[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. ^ "Merthyr result". Election results for Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney. Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  6. ^ http://labourlist.org/2014/12/gerald-jones-selected-as-candidate-for-merthyr-tydfil-and-rhymney/
  7. ^ http://www.ukipwales.org.uk/our-candidates/4587404460
  8. ^ http://www.libdems.org.uk/general_election_candidates#South West
  9. ^ http://wales.greenparty.org.uk/news.html/2014/10/22/elspeth-parris-announced-as-ge-candidate-for-merthyr/
  10. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  11. ^ Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney BBC Election - Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
  12. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  17. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  18. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.