Montgomeryshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 52°38′24″N 3°28′08″W / 52.640°N 3.469°W / 52.640; -3.469

Montgomeryshire
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Montgomeryshire in Wales.
Preserved county Powys
Electorate 48,910 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Newtown, Welshpool
Current constituency
Created 1536
Member of parliament Glyn Davies (Conservative)
Number of members One
Overlaps
Welsh Assembly Mid and West Wales
European Parliament constituency Wales

Montgomeryshire (Welsh: Sir Drefaldwyn) is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Created in 1542, it elects one Member of Parliament (MP), traditionally known as the knight of the shire, by the first-past-the-post system of election.

The Montgomeryshire Welsh Assembly constituency was created with the same boundaries in 1999.

It is the only constituency in Wales never to have elected a Labour MP.

Boundaries[edit]

The seat is based on the ancient county of Montgomeryshire, in the principal area of Powys. One of Britain's most rural and isolated constituencies, it has also been one of the small handful of seats that the Liberal Democrats (formerly the Liberal Party) could call safe, before a loss to the Conservatives in the 2010 general election. Montgomeryshire had elected Liberal or Liberal-affiliated candidates since 1880 apart from this and a Conservative victory in the 1979 general election. In the 1983 general election it was only seat in England and Wales where a sitting Conservative MP was unseated, while nationally his party's seat majority increased. The seat was officially known as Montgomery before 1997.

Proposed constituency changes[edit]

Under proposed constituency boundary changes announced in September 2016, ahead of the next general election, the seat will be partitioned, the northern half including Welshpool to be merged with Clwyd South to form a new seat of South Clwyd and North Montgomeryshire; most of the southern including Newtown will be merged with the Brecon and Radnor seat to form a seat renamed as Brecon, Radnor and Montgomery,[2] and the wards of Llanidloes and Blaen Hafren merged into the Ceredigion constituency which will form part of a new seat called Ceredigion and North Pembrokeshire.[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

1542–1604[edit]

Parliament Member
1542 James Leche[4]
1545 Humphrey Lloyd[4]
1547 Humphrey Lloyd[4]
1553 (Mar) Edward Herbert[4]
1553 (Oct) Edward Herbert[4]
1554 (Apr) Edward Herbert[4]
1554 (Nov) Edward Herbert[4]
1555 Not known
1558 Edward Herbert[4]
1559 (Jan) Edward Herbert I[5]
1562–1563 Edward Herbert I[5]
1571 Edward Herbert I[5]
1572 John Price[5]
1584 (Oct) Richard Herbert[5]
1586 (Oct) Oliver Lloyd[5]
1588 (Oct) Edward Herbert I[5]
1593 Reginald WIlliams[5]
1597 (Sep) William Herbert[5]
1601 (Oct) Edward Herbert[5]

1604–present[edit]

Election Member[6] Party
1604–1611 William Herbert
1614 William Herbert
1621–1622 William Herbert
1624 William Herbert
1624–1629 William Herbert
1640 Richard Herbert
1640–1642 John Pryce
1642 Seat vacant from 12 September 1642, when Pryce was disabled from sitting
1647 Edward Vaughan
1648 Seat vacant after Vaughan was excluded in Pride's Purge
1653 Not separately represented in the Barebones Parliament
1654–1655
(two members)
Charles Lloyd
John Pryce
1656–1658
(two members)
Charles Lloyd
Hugh Pryce
1659 Edward Vaughan
1660 John Purcell
1661 Edward Vaughan
1661 Hon. Andrew Newport Tory
1679 Edward Vaughan Tory
1719 Hon. Price Devereux
1740 Robert Williams
1741 Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn Tory
1742 Robert Williams
1747 Edward Kynaston
1772 Watkin Williams
1774 William Mostyn Owen
1795 Francis Lloyd
1799 Charles Williams-Wynn Tory
1834 Conservative
1850 by-election Herbert Williams-Wynn Conservative
1862 by-election Charles Williams-Wynn Conservative
1880 Stuart Rendel Liberal
1894 by-election Arthur Humphreys-Owen Liberal
1906 David Davies Liberal
1929 Clement Davies Liberal
1931 National Liberal
1939 Independent
1942 Liberal
1962 Emlyn Hooson Liberal
1979 Delwyn Williams Conservative
1983 Alex Carlile Liberal
1988 Liberal Democrat
1997 Lembit Öpik Liberal Democrat
2010 Glyn Davies Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General election 2017: Montgomeryshire[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Glyn Davies 18,075 51.8 Increase6.8
Liberal Democrat Jane Dodds 8,790 25.2 Decrease4.1
Labour Iwan Wyn Jones 5,542 15.9 Increase10.3
Plaid Cymru Aled Morgan Hughes 1,960 5.6 Increase0.4
Green Richard Howard Chaloner 524 1.5 Decrease2.2
Majority 9,285 26.6 Increase10.8
Turnout 34,891 70.1 Increase0.8
Conservative hold Swing Increase5.5
General election 2015: Montgomeryshire[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Glyn Davies 15,204 45.0 +3.7
Liberal Democrat Jane Dodds[11] 9,879 29.3 −8.6
UKIP Des Parkinson[12] 3,769 11.2 +7.8
Labour Martyn Singleton[13] 1,900 5.6 −1.5
Plaid Cymru Ann Griffith[14] 1,745 5.2 −3.1
Green Richard Chaloner 1,260 3.7 N/A
Majority 5,325 15.8 +12.3
Turnout 33,757 69.3 −0.1
Conservative hold Swing +6.2
General election 2010: Montgomeryshire[15][16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Glyn Davies 13,976 41.3 +13.8
Liberal Democrat Lembit Öpik 12,792 37.8 −12.5
Plaid Cymru Heledd Fychan 2,802 8.3 +1.3
Labour Nick Colbourne 2,407 7.1 −5.2
UKIP David W. L. Rowlands 1,128 3.3 +0.4
National Front Milton Ellis 384 1.1 N/A
Independent Bruce Lawson 324 1.0 N/A
Majority 1,184 3.5 N/A
Turnout 33,813 69.4 +3.1
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat Swing +13.2

note: The David Rowlands who stood here is different from the David Rowlands who stood in Newport East at this election for UKIP.

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General election 2005: Montgomeryshire[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Lembit Öpik 15,419 51.2 +1.8
Conservative Simon Baynes 8,246 27.4 −0.5
Labour David Tinline 3,454 11.5 −0.4
Plaid Cymru Ellen ap Gwynn 2,078 6.9 +0.1
UKIP Clive Easton 900 3.0 +0.3
Majority 7,173 23.8 +2.3
Turnout 30,097 64.4 −1.1
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +1.2
General election 2001: Montgomeryshire[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Lembit Öpik 14,319 49.4 +3.5
Conservative David Jones 8,085 27.9 +1.8
Labour Paul Davies 3,443 11.9 −7.3
Plaid Cymru David Senior 1,969 6.8 +1.8
UKIP David Rowlands 786 2.7 N/A
ProLife Alliance Ruth Davies 210 0.7 N/A
Independent Reginald Taylor 171 0.6 N/A
Majority 6,234 21.5 +1.7
Turnout 28,983 65.5 −9.2
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +0.9

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General election 1997: Montgomeryshire[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Lembit Öpik 14,647 45.9 −2.6
Conservative Glyn Davies 8,344 26.1 −6.6
Labour Angharad Davies 6,109 19.1 +6.7
Plaid Cymru Helen Mary Jones 1,608 5.0 +0.3
Referendum John Bufton 879 2.8 N/A
Green Susan Walker 338 1.1 −0.4
Majority 6,303 19.7 +3.9
Turnout 31,925 74.7 −5.0
Liberal Democrat hold Swing +2.0
General election 1992: Montgomery[20][21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Alex Carlile 16,031 48.5 +1.9
Conservative Jeannie France-Hayhurst 10,822 32.7 −5.8
Labour Stephen Wood 4,115 12.4 +1.9
Plaid Cymru Hugh Parsons 1,581 4.8 +0.3
Green Patrick Adams 508 1.5 N/A
Majority 5,209 15.8 +7.7
Turnout 33,057 79.9 +0.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General election 1987: Montgomery[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Alex Carlile 14,729 46.6 +3.3
Conservative David Evans 12,171 38.5 −2.6
Labour Edward Llewellyn-Jones 3,304 10.5 +1.9
Plaid Cymru Carl Clowes 1,412 4.5 −0.8
Majority 2,558 8.1 +5.8
Turnout 31,616 79.4 +0.2
Liberal hold Swing
General election 1983: Montgomery[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Alex Carlile 12,863 43.3 +8.4
Conservative Delwyn Williams 12,195 41.1 +0.8
Labour Joe Wilson 2,550 8.6 −7.7
Plaid Cymru Carl Clowes 1,585 5.3 −3.2
Independent David Rowlands 487 1.6 N/A
Majority 668 2.3 N/A
Turnout 29,680 79.2 −2.2
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

In 1983 this was Labour's worst performance in Wales and the only seat where Labour won less than 12.5% and lost their £150 deposit. The threshold for retaining deposits was lowered to 5% in 1985.

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General election 1979: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Delwyn Williams 11,751 40.3 +11.9
Liberal Emlyn Hooson 10,158 34.9 −8.2
Labour J. Price 4,751 16.3 −2.9
Plaid Cymru C. Clowes 2,474 8.5 −0.8
Majority 1,593 5.5 N/A
Turnout 29,134 81.4 +1.5
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing
General election October 1974: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Emlyn Hooson 11,280 43.1 −2.3
Conservative W. R. C. Williams-Wynne 7,421 28.4 −0.5
Labour P. W. Harris 5,031 19.2 +1.4
Plaid Cymru A. P. Jones 2,440 9.3 +1.0
Majority 3,859 14.7 −2.2
Turnout 26,172 77.9 −4.7
Liberal hold Swing
General election February 1974: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Emlyn Hooson 12,495 45.4 +7.0
Conservative W. R. C. Williams-Wynne 7,844 28.5 −1.2
Labour P. W. Harris 4,888 17.8 −2.3
Plaid Cymru A. P. Jones 2,274 8.3 −3.5
Majority 4,651 16.9 +8.2
Turnout 27,501 82.6 +0.3
Liberal hold Swing
General election 1970: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Emlyn Hooson 10,202 38.4 −3.1
Conservative Delwyn Williams 7,891 29.7 +2.3
Labour David W. Thomas 5,335 20.1 −3.7
Plaid Cymru Edward Millward 3,145 11.8 +4.4
Majority 2,311 8.7 −5.4
Turnout 26,573 82.3 −0.5
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General election 1966: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Emlyn Hooson 10,278 41.5 −0.8
Conservative Jerry Wiggin 6,784 27.4 +0.7
Labour Gwyn M. Evans 5,891 23.8 +1.3
Plaid Cymru Trefor Edwards 1,841 7.4 −1.1
Majority 3,494 14.1 −1.5
Turnout 24,794 82.8 −1.3
Liberal hold Swing
General election 1964: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Emlyn Hooson 10,738 42.3 +0.3
Conservative Jerry Wiggin 6,768 26.7 −4.7
Labour Gwyn M. Evans 5,696 22.5 −4.1
Plaid Cymru Islwyn Ffowc Elis 2,167 8.5 N/A
Majority 3,970 15.6 +4.9
Turnout 25,369 84.1 +0.3
Liberal hold Swing
Montgomeryshire by-election, 1962
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Emlyn Hooson 13,181 51.3 +9.2
Conservative Robert H. Dawson 5,632 21.9 −9.4
Labour Tudor Davies 5,299 20.6 −6.0
Plaid Cymru Islwyn Ffowc Elis 1,594 6.2 N/A
Majority 7,549 29.4 N/A
Turnout 25,706 85.1 +1.3
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General election 1959: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Clement Davies 10,970 42.0 −26.0
Conservative Frank Leslie Morgan 8,176 31.3 N/A
Labour David Caradog Jones 6,950 26.6 −5.4
Majority 2,794 10.7 −25.4
Turnout 26,096 83.8 +10.2
Liberal hold Swing
General election 1955: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Clement Davies 16,021 68.0 −0.5
Labour David Caradog Jones 7,521 32.0 +0.5
Majority 8,500 36.1 −0.9
Turnout 23,542 73.6 −3.3
Liberal hold Swing −0.5
General election 1951: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Clement Davies 17,075 68.5 +18.5
Labour David Caradog Jones 7,854 31.5 +9.0
Majority 9,221 37.0 +13.4
Turnout 24,929 76.9 −12.0
Liberal hold Swing
General election 1950: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Clement Davies 14,401 50.0 −6.3
Conservative Harry West 7,621 26.5 −17.2
Labour John David Williams 6,760 23.5 N/A
Majority 6,780 23.6 +8.6
Turnout 28,782 88.9 +11.5
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General election 1945: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Clement Davies 14,018 56.3 N/A
Conservative Philip Owen 10,895 43.7 N/A
Majority 3,123 15.0 N/A
Turnout 24,913 77.4 N/A
Liberal gain from Liberal National Swing N/A

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General election 1935: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Clement Davies Unopposed N/A N/A
Liberal National hold Swing N/A
General election 1931: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Clement Davies Unopposed N/A N/A
Liberal National hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General election 1929: Montgomeryshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Clement Davies 12,779 46.5 -30.8
Unionist John Murray Naylor 10,651 38.7 N/A
Labour John Evans 4,069 14.8 -7.9
Majority 2,128 7.8 -22.9
Turnout 88.3 +8.9
Liberal hold Swing -11.4
General election 1924: Montgomeryshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal David Davies 14,942 77.3 N/A
Labour Arthur Davies 4,384 22.7 N/A
Majority 10,558 54.6 N/A
Turnout 79.4 N/A
Liberal hold Swing N/A
General election 1923: Montgomeryshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal David Davies Unopposed N/A N/A
Liberal hold Swing N/A
General election 1922: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal David Davies Unopposed N/A N/A
Liberal hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General election 1918: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal David Davies* Unopposed N/A N/A
Liberal hold Swing N/A
  • Davies was endorsed by the Coalition Government
General election, December 1910: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal David Davies Unopposed N/A N/A
Liberal hold Swing N/A
General election, January 1910: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal David Davies 4,369 61.8 N/A
Conservative Arthur Williams-Wynn 2,697 38.2 N/A
Majority 1,672 23.7 N/A
Turnout 7,066 89.1 N/A
Liberal hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1900s[edit]

David Davies
General election, 1906: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal David Davies Unopposed N/A N/A
Liberal hold Swing N/A
Humphreys-Owen
General election, 1900: Montgomery
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Arthur Humphreys-Owen 3,482 51.97
Conservative Watkin Williams-Wynn 3,218 48.03
Majority 264 3.9
Liberal hold Swing

Elections in the 1800s[edit]

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. ^ "It's All Change For MPs, Political map to be transformed". Shropshire Star. 13 September 2016. p. 1. Report by Mark Andrews.
  3. ^ "Former MP urges re-think on move". Shropshire Star. 17 September 2016. p. 16. Report based on criticism of proposals by former Montgomeryshire MP Delwyn Williams.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "History of Parliament". Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "History of Parliament". Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  6. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "M" (part 3)
  7. ^ "Statement of Persons Nominated and Notice of Poll" (PDF). Powys County Council. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "Montgomeryshire parliamentary constituency - Election 2017". BBC News. Retrieved 9 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Powys election results". 2015 General Election results. Powys County Council. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  11. ^ http://montlibdems.org.uk/en/page/jane-dodds-parliamentary-candidate-for-montgomeryshire
  12. ^ "4587404460". Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  13. ^ http://www.mywelshpool.co.uk/viewerheadline/ArticleId/8838
  14. ^ Labour reveal Martyn Singleton as candidate
  15. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Montgomeryshire". BBC News. 
  17. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  18. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  19. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  20. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  21. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  22. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  23. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Robert Beatson, A Chronological Register of Both Houses of Parliament (London: Longman, Hurst, Res & Orme, 1807) [1]
  • D Brunton & D H Pennington, Members of the Long Parliament (London: George Allen & Unwin, 1954)
  • Cobbett's Parliamentary history of England, from the Norman Conquest in 1066 to the year 1803 (London: Thomas Hansard, 1808) [2]
  • F W S Craig, British Parliamentary Election Results 1832-1885 (2nd edition, Aldershot: Parliamentary Research Services, 1989)
  • Robert Waller, The Almanac of British Politics (1st edition, London: Croom Helm, 1983)