Ogmore (UK Parliament constituency)

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Ogmore
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Ogmore in Wales.
Preserved county Mid Glamorgan
Electorate 55,851 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Maesteg, Pencoed
Current constituency
Created 1918
Member of parliament Chris Elmore (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Mid Glamorganshire and South Glamorganshire
Overlaps
Welsh Assembly South Wales West
European Parliament constituency Wales

Ogmore (Welsh: Ogwr) is a constituency created in 1918 represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament by Chris Elmore of the Labour Party.[n 1][n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

1918-1983: The Urban Districts of Bridgend, Maesteg, and Ogmore and Garw, and part of the Rural District of Penybont.

1983-2010: The Borough of Ogwr wards of Bettws, Blackmill, Blaengarw, Caerau, Llangeinor, Llangynwyd, Maesteg East, Maesteg West, Nantyffyllon, Nant-y-moel, Ogmore Vale, Pencoed, Pontycymmer, St Bride's Minor, and Ynysawdre, and the Borough of Taff-Ely wards of Brynna, Gilfach Goch, Llanharan, and Llanharry.

2010–present: The Bridgend County Borough electoral divisions of Aberkenfig, Bettws, Blackmill, Blaengarw, Bryncethin, Bryncoch, Caerau, Cefn Cribwr, Felindre, Hendre, Llangeinor, Llangynwyd, Maesteg East, Maesteg West, Nant-y-moel, Ogmore Vale, Penprysg, Pontycymmer, Sarn, and Ynysawdre, and those in Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough of Brynna, Gilfach Goch, Llanharan, and Llanharry.

Taking its name from the River Ogmore, the constituency is close to the source of the river in the Ogwr valley, but it excludes the village of Ogmore-by-Sea, south-west of Bridgend (Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr).[n 3] Ogmore constituency covers the area of Bridgend County Borough Council roughly north of the M4, and parts of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council. It includes the communities of Cefn Cribwr, Garw Valley, Gilfach Goch, Llanharan, Maesteg, Ogwr Valley, Pencoed, Sarn and Tondu.[2]

Major boundary change

A substantial change of boundaries took effect in 1983, when the new constituency of Bridgend was set up, centred on the town of that name, which was by then the largest settlement in Ogmore.

History[edit]

Summary of winning results

The 2015 result made the seat the 44th-safest of Labour's 232 seats by percentage of majority.[3] Successive candidates fielded by the Labour Party have won absolute majorities (pluralities) since the seat was created in 1918, or have run unopposed four times.

Opposition parties

Four parties have taken the runner-up position from and including a 2002 by-election, a total of five elections. At the 2015 general election the Liberal Democrat, Green and TUSC candidates did not win 5% of the vote apiece therefore forfeited their deposits. Those running for the Conservatives and UKIP in 2015 (and 2016 at the by-election held during the month before the UK's EU membership referendum) held their deposits. The highest polling of any runner-up, by percentage, was Thomas George Jones in 1931, winning 30.8% of the votes cast, 0.3% more than the half-total of the winning candidate and in an election when the pre-World War II Labour Party's vote was slightly split by the presence of a prominent Communist Party candidate and editor, Johnny Campbell, the government's ceasing of prosecution of whom in 1924 led to a General Election.

Turnout

Turnout at general elections has ranged between 85.3% in 1950 57.8% in 2005.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party Portrait
1918 Vernon Hartshorn Labour
1931 by-election Edward John Williams Labour
1946 by-election John Evans Labour
1950 Walter Ernest Padley Labour
1979 Sir Ray Powell Labour
2002 by-election Huw Irranca-Davies Labour
2016 by-election Chris Elmore Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Ogmore[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Chris Elmore 23,225 62.4 +9.5
Conservative Jamie Wallis 9,354 25.1 +9.2
Plaid Cymru Huw Marshall 2,796 7.5 -2.6
UKIP Glenda Davies 1,235 3.3 -12.1
Liberal Democrat Gerald Francis 594 1.6 -1.4
Majority 13,871 37.3 +0.9
Turnout 37,204 65.1 +1.4
Labour hold Swing +0.2
Ogmore by-election, 2016[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Chris Elmore [9] 12,383 52.6 -0.3
UKIP Glenda Davies 3,808 16.2 +1.2
Plaid Cymru Abi Thomas 3,683 15.7 +5.6
Conservative Alex Williams 2,956 12.6 -3.3
Liberal Democrat Janet Ellard 702 3.0 -0.0
Majority 8,575 36.4 -0.6
Turnout 23,532 43.0 -20.7
Labour hold Swing -0.8
General Election 2015: Ogmore[10][11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Huw Irranca-Davies 18,663 52.9 −0.9
Conservative Jane March 5,620 15.9 +0.3
UKIP Glenda Davies 5,420 15.4 +13.1
Plaid Cymru Tim Thomas 3,556 10.1 +0.5
Liberal Democrat Gerald Francis[13] 1,072 3.0 −12.1
Green Laurie Brophy 754 2.1 n/a
TUSC Emma Saunders 165 0.5 n/a
Majority 13,043 37.0 −1.2
Turnout 35,250 63.7 +1.3
Labour hold Swing −0.6
General Election 2010: Ogmore[14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Huw Irranca-Davies 18,664 53.8 −7.1
Conservative Emma Moore 5,398 15.6 +1.4
Liberal Democrat Jackie Radford 5,260 15.2 +0.5
Plaid Cymru Danny Clark 3,326 9.6 −0.6
BNP Kay Thomas 1,242 3.6 N/A
UKIP Carolyn Passey 780 2.3 N/A
Majority 13,246 38.2 -7.1
Turnout 34,650 62.4 +2.9
Labour hold Swing −4.3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Ogmore[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Huw Irranca-Davies 18,295 60.4 −1.6
Liberal Democrat Jackie Radford 4,592 15.2 +2.4
Conservative Norma Lloyd-Nesling 4,243 14.0 +2.9
Plaid Cymru John Williams 3,148 10.4 −3.6
Majority 13,703 45.3 N/A
Turnout 30,278 57.8 −0.4
Labour hold Swing −2.0
Ogmore by-election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Huw Irranca-Davies 9,548 52.0 −10.1
Plaid Cymru Bleddyn Hancock 3,827 20.8 +6.8
Liberal Democrat Veronica Watkins 1,608 8.8 −4.0
Conservative Guto Bebb 1,377 7.5 −3.7
Socialist Labour Christopher Herriot 1,152 6.3 +6.3
Green Jonathan Spink 250 1.4 N/A
Socialist Alliance Jeffrey Hurford 205 1.1 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Leslie Edwards 187 1.0 N/A
New Millennium Bean Party Captain Beany 122 0.7 N/A
Independent David Braid 100 0.3 N/A
Majority 5,721 31.1 −16.9
Turnout 18,376 35.2 −23.0
Labour hold Swing

Following the death of Sir Ray Powell on 7 December 2001 a by-election was held on 14 February 2002.

General Election 2001: Ogmore[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ray Powell 18,833 62.0 −11.9
Plaid Cymru Angela Pulman 4,259 14.0 +7.0
Liberal Democrat Ian Lewis 3,878 12.8 +3.6
Conservative Richard Hill 3,383 11.1 +1.4
Majority 14,574 48.0 -16.2
Turnout 30,353 58.2 −14.8
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Ogmore[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ray Powell 28,163 74.0 +2.3
Conservative David A. Unwin 3,716 9.8 −5.3
Liberal Democrat Kirsty Williams 3,510 9.2 +2.4
Plaid Cymru John D. Rogers 2,679 7.0 +0.7
Majority 24,447 64.2 +7.6
Turnout 38,068 72.9 -7.7
Labour hold Swing +3.8
General Election 1992: Ogmore[19][20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ray Powell 30,186 71.7 +2.4
Conservative David G. Edwards 6,359 15.1 +0.1
Liberal Democrat John Warman 2,868 6.8 −2.8
Plaid Cymru Laura McAllister 2,667 6.3 +2.0
Majority 23,827 56.6 +2.3
Turnout 42,080 80.6 +1.2
Labour hold Swing +1.1

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Ogmore[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ray Powell 28,462 69.37
Conservative Michael Barratt 6,170 15.04
Social Democratic Mairwen James 3,954 9.64
Plaid Cymru John Jones 1,791 4.37
Independent Labour Thomas Spence 652 1.59
Majority 22,292 54.33
Turnout 80.05
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Ogmore[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ray Powell 23,390 59.20
Liberal J Parsons 6,026 15.25
Conservative R O'Sullivan 5,806 14.70
Plaid Cymru Edward Merriman 3,124 7.91
Ecology Noel Thomas 1,161 2.94
Majority 17,364 43.95
Turnout 76.89
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Ogmore
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ray Powell 29,867 53.42
Conservative L Walters 13,780 24.65
Liberal Jennie Gibbs 9,812 17.55
Plaid Cymru DI Jones 2,450 4.38
Majority 16,087 28.77
Turnout 79.69
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Ogmore
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Walter Padley 30,453 59.48
Conservative RK Jones 8,249 16.11
Liberal Jennie Gibbs 8,203 16.02
Plaid Cymru DI Jones 4,290 8.38
Majority 22,204 43.37
Turnout 75.37
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Ogmore
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Walter Padley 28,372 52.79
Liberal Jennie Gibbs 10,819 20.13
Conservative RK Jones 9,416 17.52
Plaid Cymru Edward John Merriman 5,139 9.56
Majority 17,553 32.66
Turnout 79.80
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Ogmore
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Walter Padley 33,436 67.30
Conservative Antony F Gardner 10,415 20.96
Plaid Cymru Edward John Merriman 5,828 11.73
Majority 23,021 46.34
Turnout 75.58
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Ogmore
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Walter Padley 33,545 71.30
Conservative Ralph Morgan Thomas 6,872 14.61
Liberal Jennie Thomas Gibbs 6,632 14.10
Majority 26,673 56.69
Turnout 78.41
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Ogmore
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Walter Padley 34,178 72.90
Conservative Ralph Morgan Thomas 10,238 21.84
Plaid Cymru Margaret Tucker 2,470 5.27
Majority 23,940 51.06
Turnout 79.67
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Ogmore
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Walter Padley 35,170 74.71
Conservative Tom O Ewart-Jones 11,905 25.29
Majority 23,265 49.42
Turnout 82.31
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Ogmore
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Walter Padley 33,275 75.58
Conservative Derek Geoffrey Jennings 10,751 24.42
Majority 22,524 51.16
Turnout 78.65
Labour hold Swing
1951 General Election: Ogmore [23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Walter Padley 37,022 76.86
Conservative Percy Lunniss Powell 9,504 19.73
British Empire Party Trefor David 1,643 3.41
Majority 27,518 57.13
Turnout 84.92
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Ogmore
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Walter Padley 35,836 74.74
Conservative Raymond Gower 9,791 20.42
Communist Mavis Llewellyn 1,691 3.53
Plaid Cymru Ithel Davies 631 1.32
Majority 26,045 54.32
Turnout 85.34
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

Ogmore by-election, 1946
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Evans 13,632 70.6 −5.8
Plaid Cymru Trefor Richard Morgan 5,685 29.4 +23.8
Majority 7,947 41.2 −17.2
Turnout 19,317 75.6 −42.5
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1945: Ogmore[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edward Williams 32,715 76.4 N/A
National Owen Glyndwr Davies 7,712 18.0 N/A
Plaid Cymru Trefor Richard Morgan 2,379 5.6 N/A
Majority 25,003 58.4 N/A
Turnout 75.7 N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Ogmore[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edward Williams Unopposed N/A N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A
General Election 1931: Ogmore[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edward Williams 23,064 61.0
Conservative Thomas George Jones 11,653 30.8
Communist J. R. Campbell 3,099 8.2
Majority 11,411 30.2
Turnout 37,816 76.9
Labour hold Swing
Ogmore by-election, 1931[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edward Williams 19,356 78.8
Communist J. R. Campbell 5,219 21.2
Majority 14,137 57.6
Turnout 50.8
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Ogmore [24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Vernon Hartshorn 22,900 56.7 N/A
Liberal Dapho Llewellyn Powell 11,804 29.2 N/A
Unionist H Abbott 4,164 10.3 N/A
Communist J. R. Campbell 1,525 3.8 N/A
Majority 11,096 27.5 N/A
Turnout 82.8 N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A
General Election 1924: Ogmore[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Vernon Hartshorn Unopposed N/A N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A
General Election 1923: Ogmore [24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Vernon Hartshorn Unopposed N/A N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A
General Election 1922 : Ogmore [24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Vernon Hartshorn 17,321 55.8 N/A
National Liberal John Walter Jones 7,498 24.1 N/A
Unionist Dorothy Caroline Edmondes 6,257 20.1 N/A
Majority 9,823 31.7 N/A
Turnout 78.3 N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918 Ogmore[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Vernon Hartshorn Unopposed N/A N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Ogmore is most specifically a county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ Elmore won Ogmore in a by-election on 5 May 2016 after Huw Irranca-Davies resigned on the 24th March 2016 to contest the National Assembly for Wales election, 2016.
  3. ^ Ogmore-by-Sea forms part of the Vale of Glamorgan County Borough and of the Vale of Glamorgan constituency).
  1. ^ "Beyond 20/20 WDS - Table view". 2011 Electorate Figures. StatsWales. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ogmore Constituency Labour Party". Ogmore Labour. 2008-07-20. Retrieved 2008-08-28. 
  3. ^ List of Labour MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Political.info. Retrieved 2017-01-29
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "O"
  5. ^ http://www.bridgend.gov.uk/media/426111/statement-of-persons-nominated.pdf
  6. ^ "Ogmore Parliamentary constituency". BBC News Online. Retrieved 11 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "Labour MP quits Commons to run for seat in Cardiff Bay". BBC News Online. 2016-03-23. Retrieved 2016-03-28. 
  8. ^ Casalicchio, Emilio (2016-03-24). "Two by-elections set for same day as UK-wide polls". PoliticsHome. Dod's Parliamentary Communications. Retrieved 2016-03-28. 
  9. ^ http://www.itv.com/news/wales/update/2016-02-13/elmore-selected-as-labour-candidate-in-ogmore-by-election/
  10. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Bridgend and Ogmore results". Elections. Bridgend County Borough Council. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  12. ^ BBC news http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/politics/constituencies/W07000074. Retrieved 27 April 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 February 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2015.  West
  14. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  15. ^ Ogmore BBC Election - Ogmore
  16. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  17. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  18. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  19. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  20. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  21. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  22. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  23. ^ The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1951. 
  24. ^ a b c d e f g h i Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.

Further reading[edit]

  • 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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