Monmouth (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°46′05″N 2°48′40″W / 51.768°N 2.811°W / 51.768; -2.811

Monmouth
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Monmouth in Wales.
Preserved county Gwent
Electorate 65,432 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Abergavenny, Chepstow, Monmouth
Current constituency
Created 1918
Member of parliament David Davies (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Monmouth Boroughs, North Monmouthshire and South Monmouthshire
Overlaps
Welsh Assembly South East Wales
European Parliament constituency Wales

Monmouth (Welsh: Sir Fynwy) is a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (at Westminster). It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post of election. The constituency was created for the 1918 general election. Since 2005 the MP has been David Davies of the Conservative Party.

The Monmouth Welsh Assembly constituency, created in 1999, has normally the same boundaries as the Westminster constituency.

History[edit]

The constituency has traditionally favoured the Conservative Party though has fallen to Labour in three general elections in addition to the 1991 by-election.

The current MP is the Conservative David Davies, elected in 2005 and a former member for the Welsh Assembly seat of the same name. To avoid confusion with the Yorkshire Conservative David Davis, he is named in Hansard as "David T.C. Davies".

Boundaries[edit]

Preserved county of Gwent
boundaries as defined in 2003.

1983 onwards[edit]

The constituency is one of eight covering the preserved county of Gwent. The other seven are Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Islwyn, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, Newport East, Newport West and Torfaen. Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, however, straddles the boundary with the preserved county of Mid Glamorgan. It covers most of current local authority of Monmouthshire, with the main towns being Chepstow and Monmouth.

For the 2010 general election, there were no changes to the boundaries of the Monmouth constituency stemming from the Fifth Review of the Boundary Commission for Wales.[2] Likewise there were no boundary changes in 1997.

1918 to 1983[edit]

As first used in the 1918 general election, the constituency was a creation of the Representation of the People Act 1918 as one of six constituencies covering the county of Monmouth. Prior to the 1918 election the county had been covered, nominally, by the county constituencies of Northern Monmouthshire, Southern Monmouthshire, and Western Monmouthshire, and the Monmouth Boroughs borough constituency. By 1918, however, administrative county boundaries were out of alignment with constituency boundaries. The new constituency boundaries took account of the new local government boundaries.

The other Monmouthshire constituencies defined by the 1918 legislation were the county constituencies of Abertillery, Bedwellty, Ebbw Vale and Pontypool, and the borough constituency of Newport. This general pattern was maintained until 1983, nine years after the administrative county they were based on had been abolished, but there were some boundary changes during the 1918 to 1983 period.

In 1918 the Monmouth constituency was defined as consisting of the municipal boroughs of Abergavenny, and Monmouth, the urban districts of Caerleon, Chepstow, and Usk, the rural districts of Abergavenny, Chepstow, Magor, Monmouth, Cwmbran and Pontypool, and part of the rural district of St Mellons.[3] The same boundaries were used for the general elections of 1922, 1923, 1924, 1929, 1931, 1935 and 1945.

New boundaries, created by the House of Commons (Redistribution of Seats) Act 1949, were used for the 1950 general election, and the Monmouth constituency was defined as consisting of the municipal boroughs of Abergavenny and Monmouth, the urban districts of Caerleon, Chepstow, Cwmbran and Usk, and the rural districts of Abergavenny, Chepstow, Magor and St Mellons, Monmouth, and Pontypool.[3]

For the 1951 general election, there was some alteration to the boundaries of rural district of Magor and St Mellons.[3]

The constituency was redefined again for the 1955 general election, taking account of new local government boundaries. The result was the same list of boroughs and districts as for the 1951 election.[3] 1951 boundaries were used also in the general elections of 1959, 1964, 1966, 1970, February 1974, October 1974 and 1979.

In 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, the local government county of Monmouth was abolished. For the 1983 general election, new constituency boundaries were drawn, taking account of new local government boundaries.

Members of Parliament[edit]

The following list does not include MPs who actually represented Monmouth Boroughs:

Election Member[4] Party
1918 Leolin Forestier-Walker Conservative
1934 by-election John Herbert Conservative
1939 by-election Leslie Pym Conservative
1945 by-election Peter Thorneycroft Conservative
1966 Donald Anderson Labour
1970 Sir John Stradling Thomas Conservative
1991 by-election Huw Edwards Labour
1992 Roger Evans Conservative
1997 Huw Edwards Labour
2005 David Davies Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Monmouth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Davies 26,411 53.1 +3.2
Labour Ruth Jones 18,205 36.6 +9.8
Liberal Democrat Veronica German 2,064 4.2 −1.1
Plaid Cymru Carole Damon 1,338 2.7 -1.3
Green Ian Chandler 954 1.9 -1.5
UKIP Roy Neale 762 1.5 -8.9
Majority 8,206 16.5 -6.5
Turnout 49,734 76.6 +0.4
Registered electors 64,909
Conservative hold Swing -3.3
General Election 2015: Monmouth[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Davies 23,701 49.9 +1.6
Labour Ruth Jones 12,719 26.8 +0.9
UKIP Gareth Dunn 4,942 10.4 +8.0
Liberal Democrat Veronica German 2,496 5.3 −14.1
Plaid Cymru Jonathan Clark 1,875 3.9 +1.2
Green Christopher Were 1,629 3.4 +2.2
English Democrat Stephen Morris 100 0.2 N/A
Majority 10,982 23.1 +0.7
Turnout 47,462 76.2 +4.0
Registered electors 62,248
Conservative hold Swing +0.3
General Election 2010: Monmouth[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Davies 22,466 48.3 +1.4
Labour Hamish Sandison 12,041 25.9 −11.1
Liberal Democrat Martin Blakebrough 9,026 19.4 +6.6
Plaid Cymru Jonathan Clark 1,273 2.7 +0.6
UKIP Derek Rowe 1,126 2.4 +1.2
Green Steve Millson 587 1.3 N/A
Majority 10,425 22.4 +12.5
Turnout 46,519 72.2 −0.2
Registered electors 64,538
Conservative hold Swing +6.2

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Monmouth[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Davies 21,396 46.9 +5.0
Labour Huw Edwards 16,869 37.0 −5.8
Liberal Democrat Phylip A. D. Hobson 5,852 12.8 +1.4
Plaid Cymru Jonathan Clark 993 2.2 −0.2
UKIP John Bufton 543 1.2 −0.3
Majority 4,527 9.9 N/A
Turnout 45,653 72.4 +0.9
Registered electors 62,233
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +5.4
General Election 2001: Monmouth[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Huw Edwards 19,021 42.8 −5.0
Conservative Roger Evans 18,637 41.9 +2.7
Liberal Democrat Neil Parker 5,080 11.4 +1.9
Plaid Cymru Marc Hubbard 1,068 2.4 +1.3
UKIP David Rowlands 656 1.5 N/A
Majority 384 0.9 −7.6
Turnout 44,462 71.5 −9.1
Registered electors 62,200
Labour hold Swing −3.8

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Monmouth[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Huw Edwards 23,404 47.7 +6.8
Conservative Roger Evans 19,226 39.2 -8.0
Liberal Democrat Mark Williams 4,689 9.6 -1.4
Referendum Timothy Warry 1,190 2.4 N/A
Plaid Cymru Alan Cotton 516 1.1 +0.3
Majority 4,178 8.5 N/A
Turnout 49,025 80.5 −5.6
Registered electors 60,873
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +7.4
General Election 1992: Monmouth[11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Roger Evans 24,059 47.3 −0.3
Labour Huw Edwards 20,855 41.0 +13.3
Liberal Democrat Frances David 5,562 10.9 −13.1
Plaid Cymru (Green) Melvin Witherden 431 0.8 +0.0
Majority 3,204 6.3 -13.6
Turnout 50,907 86.1 +5.3
Registered electors 59,147
Conservative hold Swing −6.8
Monmouth by-election, 1991[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Huw Edwards 17,733 39.3 +11.6
Conservative Roger Evans 15,327 34.0 −13.5
Liberal Democrat Frances David 11,164 24.8 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch 314 0.7 N/A
Plaid Cymru (Green) Melvin Witherden 277 0.6 -0.2
Unitax Independent Peter Carpenter 164 0.4 N/A
Corrective Party Lindi St Clair 121 0.3 N/A
Majority 2,406 5.3 N/A
Turnout 45,100 75.8 -5.0
Registered electors 59,460
Labour gain from Conservative Swing -12.6

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Monmouth[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Thomas 22,387 47.5 −1.6
Labour Katrina Gass 13,037 27.7 +6.0
Social Democratic Clive Lindley 11,313 24.0 −4.0
Plaid Cymru Sian Meredudd 363 0.8 −0.3
Majority 9,530 19.9 −1.2
Turnout 47,100 80.8 +1.93
Registered electors 58,468
Conservative hold Swing −2.2
General Election 1983: Monmouth[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Thomas 21,746 49.2 -1.3
Social Democratic Clive Lindley 12,403 28.0 N/A
Labour Christopher Short 9,593 21.7 -14.1
Plaid Cymru Gwynddri Williams 493 1.1 +0.1
Majority 9,343 21.2 +6.51
Turnout 44,235 78.8 -4.2
Registered electors 56,112
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Monmouth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Thomas 33,547 50.5 +7.71
Labour T.M. Steel 23,785 35.8 -1.06
Liberal David H. Hando 8,494 12.8 -4.14
Plaid Cymru G. Williams 641 1.0 -0.41
Majority 9,762 14.69 +10.75
Turnout 66,467 83.00 +3.50
Registered electors 80,085
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Monmouth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Thomas 25,460 42.79 -0.90
Labour Richard Faulkner 23,118 36.86 +0.48
Liberal David H. Hando 10,076 16.94 -1.50
Plaid Cymru T. Brimmacombe 839 1.41 -0.08
Majority 2,342 3.94 -4.37
Turnout 59,493 79.5 -4.64
Registered electors 74,838
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Monmouth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Thomas 27,269 43.69 -2.85
Labour F.R. Thompson 22,707 36.38 -7.93
Liberal David H. Hando 11,506 18.44 +11.76
Plaid Cymru E.H. Spanwick 930 1.49 -0.98
Majority 4,562 7.31 +5.08
Turnout 62,412 84.14 +3.68
Registered electors 74,173
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1970: Monmouth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Thomas 28,312 46.54 -0.76
Labour Donald Anderson 26,957 44.31 -8.39
Liberal David H. Hando 4,601 6.68 N/A
Plaid Cymru Stuart K. Neale 1,501 2.47 N/A
Majority 1,355 2.23 N/A
Turnout 61,371 80.46 -3.84
Registered electors 75,602
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Monmouth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Donald Anderson 28,619 52.7 +9.99
Conservative Peter Thorneycroft 25,654 47.3 +3.19
Majority 2,965 5.5 N/A
Turnout 54,273 84.3 -0.10
Registered electors 64,356
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1964: Monmouth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Thorneycroft 22,365 44.11 -12.91
Labour A. Calvin Kerr 21,921 42.71 -0.27
Liberal D. Hywell Davies 6,764 13.14 N/A
Majority 714 1.39 -12.64
Turnout 51,050 84.4 +1.26
Registered electors 60,803
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Monmouth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Thorneycroft 25,422 57.02 -0.20
Labour Gordon Parry 19,165 42.98 +0.20
Majority 6,257 14.03 -0.41
Turnout 44,587 83.14 +1.63
Registered electors 53,628
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Monmouth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Thorneycroft 22,970 57.22 +1.63
Labour Josephine Richardson 17,173 42.78 -1.63
Majority 5,797 14.44 +3.25
Turnout 40,143 81.51 -2.17
Registered electors 49,252
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Monmouth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Thorneycroft 22,475 55.59 +0.26
Labour Josephine Richardson 17,952 44.41 -0.26
Majority 4,523 11.19 +0.53
Turnout 40,247 83.68 +0.53
Registered electors 48,314
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950: Monmouth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Thorneycroft 21,956 55.33 +3.43
Labour GP Thomas 17,725 44.67 -3.43
Majority 4,231 10.66 -6.86
Turnout 39,681 83.15 +11.15
Registered electors 47,725
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

Monmouth by-election, October 1945
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Thorneycroft 21,092 52.7 +0.8
Labour A. B. L. Oakley 18,953 47.3 -0.8
Majority 2,139 5.4 +1.6
Turnout 40,045 39.8 -32.2
Registered electors 60,013
Conservative hold Swing +0.8
General Election July 1945: Monmouth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Leslie Pym 22,195 51.9 -8.2
Labour A. B. L. Oakley 20,543 48.1 +8.2
Majority 1,652 3.8 -16.4
Turnout 42,738 72.0 +13.8
Registered electors 39,359
Conservative hold Swing -8.2

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

Monmouth by-election, 1939
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Leslie Pym 17,358 60.1 -3.3
Labour F. R. Hancock 11,543 39.9 +3.3
Majority 5,815 20.2 -6.6
Turnout 28,901 58.2 -18.6
Registered electors 49,690
Conservative hold Swing -3.3
General Election 1935: Monmouth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Herbert 23,262 63.4 1.6
Labour Mackintosh Foot 13,454 36.6 +1.6
Majority 9,808 26.8 -3.2
Turnout 36,716 76.8 +7.4
Registered electors 47,792
Conservative hold Swing -1.6
Monmouth by-election, 1934
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Herbert 20,640 65.0 -5.8
Labour D. Hughes 11,094 35.0 +5.8
Majority 9,546 30.0 -11.6
Turnout 31,734 69.2 -8.8
Registered electors 45,885
Conservative hold Swing -5.8
General Election 1931: Monmouth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Leolin Forestier-Walker 24,829 70.8 +21.5
Labour D. Hughes 10,217 29.2 +4.3
Majority 14,612 41.6 +18.1
Turnout 45,046 78.0 -0.9
Registered electors 44,929
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Monmouth [16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Leolin Forestier-Walker 16,353 49.3 -22.5
Liberal Richard Charles Williams 8,582 25.8 N/A
Labour Luke Bateman 8,268 24.9 -3.3
Majority 7,771 23.5 -20.1
Turnout 33,203 78.9 +4.8
Registered electors 42,070
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1924: Monmouth [16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Leolin Forestier-Walker 16,510 71.8 +11.9
Labour Luke Bateman 6,469 28.2 N/A
Majority 10,041 43.6 -20.1
Turnout 22,979 74.1 +3.2
Registered electors 31,031
Unionist hold Swing
General Election 1923: Monmouth [17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Leolin Forestier-Walker 12,697 59.9 N/A
Liberal Morgan Griffith 8,487 40.1 N/A
Majority 4,210 19.8 N/A
Turnout 21,184 80.9 N/A
Registered electors 29,889
Unionist hold Swing N/A
General Election 1922: Monmouth
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Leolin Forestier-Walker Unopposed
Registered electors 29,779
Unionist hold

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Monmouth [16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Leolin Forestier-Walker 9,164 59.7 N/A
Liberal Hubert Martineau 6,189 40.3 N/A
Majority 2,975 19.4 N/A
Turnout 15,353 55.7 N/A
Registered electors 27,575
Unionist 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. ^ Boundary Commission for Wales website
    The Parliamentary Constituencies and Assembly Electoral Regions (Wales) Order 2006, OPSI website
  3. ^ a b c d Boundaries of Parliamentary Constituencies 1885-1972 (ISBN 0-900178-09-4), F. W. S. Craig 1972
    Craig attributes the 1951 alteration to SI 1851/1390 under section 2(3) of the House of Commons (Redistribution of Seats) Act 1949
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 3)
  5. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  6. ^ Declaration of result of poll
  7. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010. 
  13. ^ Boothroyd, David. "Results of Byelections in the 1987-92 Parliament". United Kingdom Election Results. Retrieved 2015-10-01. 
  14. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  16. ^ a b c British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  17. ^ Etholiadau'r ganrif 1885-1997, Beti Jones

Further reading[edit]

  • Iain Dale, ed. (2003). The Times House of Commons 1929, 1931, 1935. Politico's (reprint). ISBN 1-84275-033-X. 
  • The Times House of Commons 1945. The Times. 1945. 
  • Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X. 

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Preceded by
Bromley
Constituency represented by the Chancellor of the Exchequer
1957–1958
Succeeded by
Tiverton