Mid Glamorganshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Mid Glamorganshire
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
18851918
Number of members one

Mid Glamorganshire was a county constituency in Glamorganshire, Wales. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post system.

Overview[edit]

The constituency was created by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 for the 1885 general election, and abolished for the 1918 general election.

Boundaries[edit]

Created in the redistribution of seats in 1885 & from the old Glamorganshire constituency which had been in existence since 1541, the seat covered a wide area that included Maesteg, Llangeinor, Llynfi Valley, Aberpergwm, Margam Park, Briton Ferry, Glyncorrwg, Resolven. It was scrapped in the next redistribution of seats that took place in 1918.

History[edit]

Following the creation of the seat in 1885, this predominantly mining constituency, which included the Llyfni, Garw and Ogmore valleys, was initially represented by Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot, who had served as a member for the Glamorgan county seat since 1832. Despite his venerable status the Liberal Association initially considered other candidates including Gwilym Williams and J. Carvell Williams.[1]

Upon Talbot's death in 1890, his successor was Samuel Thomas Evans, a grocer's son from Skewen who was initially a militant nonconformist radical and supporter of Welsh Home Rule through Cymru Fydd. Evans, however, later toned down his radicalism on achieving ministerial office.[2]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1885 Christopher Rice Mansel Talbot Liberal
1892 Samuel Thomas Evans Liberal
Apr 1910 Frederick William Gibbins Liberal
Dec 1910 John Hugh Edwards Liberal
1918 constituency abolished

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1880s[edit]

The seat was held in 1886 by the Liberals unopposed.[3]

Elections in the 1890s[edit]

The seat was held in 1892 by the Liberals who obtained a majority of 4,216.[4] In the General Election of July/August 1895 the Liberal Party held the constituency against the Conservative Party, obtaining an 2,677 vote majority.[5]

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

S.T. Evans
General Election 25 September - 24 October 1900: Mid Glamorganshire [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Samuel Thomas Evans 7,027 75.8
Conservative H.Phillips 2,244 24.2
Majority 4,783 51.6
Turnout 9,271 67.8
Liberal hold Swing

In the General Election of January/February 1906 and in the by-election of October 1906, Samuel Thomas Evans of the Liberal Party was returned Unopposed.[7]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 15 January - 20 February 1910: Mid Glamorganshire [8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sir Samuel Thomas Evans 13,175 79.6 +3.8
Conservative Godfrey Williams 3,382 20.4 -3.8
Majority 9,793 59.2 +7.6
Turnout 16,557 82.7 '
Liberal hold Swing +3.8
Mid Glamorganshire by-election, April 1910
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Frederick William Gibbins 8,920 59.0 -20.6
Labour Vernon Hartshorn 6,210 41.0 N/A
Majority 2,710 17.9 -41.2
Turnout 15,130 75.6 -7.1
Liberal hold Swing -10.3
General Election 3rd - 19 December 1910: Mid Glamorganshire [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Hugh Edwards 7,624 55.5 -3.4
Labour Vernon Hartshorn 6,102 44.5 +3.4
Majority 1,522 11.1 -6.8
Turnout 13,726 68.6 -7.0
Liberal hold Swing -3.4

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Mid-Glamorgan Parliamentary Division". Weekly Mail. 9 May 1885. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Morgan. "Democratic Politics". p. 10. 
  3. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1910, 1911, 1919, Poltico's Publishing Page 92 1910 Section
  4. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1910, 1911, 1919, Poltico's Publishing Page 92 1910 Section
  5. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1910, 1911, 1919, Poltico's Publishing Page 92 1910 Section
  6. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1910, 1911, 1919, Poltico's Publishing Page 92 1910 Section
  7. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1910, 1911, 1919, Poltico's Publishing Page 92 1910 Section
  8. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1910, 1911, 1919, Poltico's Publishing Page 92 1910 Section
  9. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1910, 1911, 1919, Poltico's Publishing Page 101 1911 Section

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