Pontypool (UK Parliament constituency)

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Pontypool
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
19181983
Number of members one
Replaced by Torfaen
Created from North Monmouthshire

Pontypool was a county constituency in the town of Pontypool in Monmouthshire. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post voting system.

The constituency was created for the 1918 general election, and was replaced with Torfaen for the 1983 general election. This was to correspond with the name and area of the Torfaen local authority created in 1974. The Torfaen constituency contained the whole of the old Pontypool seat, adding just 247 electors from Monmouth.

Boundaries[edit]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 Thomas Griffiths Labour
1935 Arthur Jenkins Labour
1946 by-election Daniel Granville West Labour
1958 by-election Leo Abse Labour
1983 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

McKenna
General Election 1918: Pontypool[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Griffiths 8,438 39.0 n/a
Unionist 7,021 32.5 n/a
Liberal Rt Hon. Reginald McKenna 6,160 28.5 n/a
Majority 1,417 6.5 n/a
Turnout 72.1 n/a
Labour win
  • endorsed by Coalition Government

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1922: Pontypool [2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Griffiths 11,198 40.6 +1.6
Unionist Sir Thomas George Jones 8,654 31.4 -1.1
Liberal Sir Robert Lowden Connell 7,733 28.0 -0.5
Majority 2,544 9.2 +2.7
Turnout 85.0 +12.9
Labour hold Swing +1.3
General Election 1923: Pontypool [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Griffiths 13,770 50.6 +10.0
Liberal Maj. S.J. Robins 13,444 49.4 +21.4
Majority 326 1.2 -8.0
Turnout 81.6 -3.4
Labour hold Swing -5.7
General Election 1924: Pontypool[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Griffiths 15,378 52.6 +2.0
Unionist Lionel Beaumont-Thomas 13,831 47.4 n/a
Majority 1,547 5.2 +4.0
Turnout 84.5 +2.9
Labour hold Swing n/a
General Election 1929: Pontypool [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Griffiths 17,805 51.5 -1.1
Liberal Geoffrey Cartland Hugh Crawshay 12,581 36.4 n/a
Unionist Gwilym Rowlands 4,188 12.1 -35.1
Majority 5,224 15.1 +9.9
Turnout 34,574 84.6 +0.1
Labour hold Swing n/a

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1931: Pontypool[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Griffiths 18,981 56.34 +4.8
Liberal National Thomas Keens 14,709 43.66 +7.3
Majority 4,272 12.68 -2.4
Turnout 33,690 81.99
Registered electors 41,090
Labour hold Swing -1.25
General Election 1935: Pontypool[5][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Arthur Jenkins 22,346 67.92 +11.58
Conservative Leonard Caplan 10,555 32.08 N/A
Majority 11,791 35.84 +23.16
Turnout 32,901 78.55 -3.44
Labour hold Swing +11.58

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Pontypool[5][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Arthur Jenkins 27,455 77.28 +9.36
Conservative John Gabriel Weeple 8,072 22.72 -9.36
Majority 19,383 54.56 +18.72
Turnout 35,527 77.17 -1.38
Labour hold Swing +9.36
Pontypool by-election, 1946
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Daniel Granville West 23,359 74.09 -3.19
Conservative P. Welch 8,170 25.91 +3.19
Majority 15,189 48.17 -6.39
Turnout 31,529
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1950: Pontypool[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Daniel Granville West 28,267 72.25 -5.03
Conservative Arthur Russell 6,616 16.91 -5.81
Liberal Ernest Aneurin Robert Mathias 4,240 10.84 N/A
Majority 21,651 55.34 +0.78
Turnout 39,123 84.78 +7.61
Labour hold Swing +0.39
General Election 1951: Pontypool[11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Daniel Granville West 29,553 75.74 +3.49
Conservative Aylwin O Hewitt 9,464 24.26 +7.35
Majority 20,089 51.49 -3.85
Turnout 39,017 84.29 -0.49
Labour hold Swing -1.93
General Election 1955: Pontypool[13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Daniel Granville West 26,372 72.91 -2.83
Conservative Aylwin O Hewitt 9,800 27.09 +2.83
Majority 16,572 45.81 -5.68
Turnout 36,172 77.09 -7.20
Labour hold Swing -2.83
Pontypool by-election, 1958[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Leopold Abse 20,000 68.49 -4.42
Conservative Paul S Thomas 6,273 21.48 -5.61
Plaid Cymru Benjamin CL Morgan 2,927 10.02 n/a
Majority 13,727 47.01 +1.2
Turnout 29,200
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1959: Pontypool[16][17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Leopold Abse 26,755 70.08 -2.83
Conservative Paul S Thomas 8,903 23.32 -3.77
Plaid Cymru Benjamin CL Morgan 2,519 6.60 N/A
Majority 17,852 46.76 +0.95
Turnout 38,177 80.45 +3.36
Labour hold Swing +0.47

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1964: Pontypool[18][19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Leopold Abse 27,852 74.57 +4.49
Conservative Paul D Mendel 8,169 21.87 -1.45
Communist W Edward Jones 1,329 3.56 N/A
Majority 19,683 52.70 +5.94
Turnout 37,350 77.77 -2.68
Registered electors 48,024
Labour hold Swing +2.97
General Election 1966: Pontypool[20][21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Leopold Abse 27,909 77.05 +2.48
Conservative Peter T James 7,418 20.48 -1.39
Communist W Edward Jones 897 2.48 -1.08
Majority 20,491 56.57 +3.87
Turnout 36,224 75.40 -2.37
Registered electors 48,040
Labour hold Swing +1.94

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1970: Pontypool[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Leopold Abse 27,402 70.70
Conservative W Mather Bell 8,869 22.88
Plaid Cymru Harri Webb 2,053 5.30
Communist Brian Watkinson 435 1.12
Majority 18,533 47.82
Turnout 38,759 71.94
Labour hold Swing
General Election, February 1974: Pontypool[23][24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Leopold Abse 25,133 59.68 -11.02
Liberal Ernest Aneurin Robert Mathias 7,668 18.21
Conservative Wellesley Theodore Octavius Wallace 7,497 17.80 -5.08
Plaid Cymru Roger David Tanner 1,318 3.13 -2.17
Communist Graham Robert Williams 498 1.18 -0.06
Majority 17,465 41.47 -6.35
Turnout 42,114 77.01 +5.07
Labour hold Swing
General Election, October 1974: Pontypool[23][25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Leopold Abse 25,381 63.40 +3.72
Conservative Robert John Moreland 6,686 16.70 -1.10
Liberal Ernest Aneurin Robert Mathias 5,744 14.35 -3.86
Plaid Cymru Roger David Tanner 2,223 5.55 +2.42
Majority 18,695 46.70 +5.23
Turnout 40,034 72.66 -3.35
Labour hold Swing +2.41
General Election, 1979: Pontypool[23][26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Leopold Abse 27,751 61.93 -1.47
Conservative Thomas Geoffrey Sackville 10,383 23.17 +6.47
Liberal Ernest Aneurin Robert Mathias 5,508 12.29 -2.06
Plaid Cymru William James Hyde 1,169 2.61 -2.94
Majority 17,368 38.76 -7.94
Turnout 44,811 78.36 +5.70
Labour hold Swing -3.97

References[edit]

  1. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
  2. ^ Etholiadau'r ganrif 1885-1997, Beti Jones
  3. ^ Etholiadau'r ganrif 1885-1997, Beti Jones
  4. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig
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  7. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1935". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 
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  20. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1966". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 17 April 2016. 
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  22. ^ Kimber, Richard. "UK General Election results 1970". Political Science Resources. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
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