Pontypridd (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°36′04″N 3°21′00″W / 51.601°N 3.350°W / 51.601; -3.350

Pontypridd
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Pontypridd in Wales.
Preserved countyMid Glamorgan
Electorate61,507 (April 2012)[1]
Major settlementsPontypridd, Llantrisant
Current constituency
Created1918
Member of parliamentOwen Smith (Labour)
Number of membersOne
Created fromSouth Glamorganshire and East Glamorganshire
Overlaps
Welsh AssemblySouth Wales Central
European Parliament constituencyWales

Pontypridd /pɒntəˈprð/ is a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It returns one Member of Parliament (MP), elected by the first past the post system. Pontypridd has been represented by a succession of Labour MPs since 1922. Since the 2010 general election the seat has been represented by Owen Smith of the Labour Party.

Boundaries[edit]

Pontypridd constituency can be split into two parts, an eastern part containing the town itself, and a western part focussed on Llantrisant. In Pontypridd itself the wards are: Town, Treforest, Rhondda (consisting of Hopkinstown, Maesycoed, Graigwen, Trehafod, & Pwllgwaun), Graig, Trallwng, Rhydyfelin Central & Ilan, & Hawthorn. The Western half consists of the following wards: Taffs Well, Beddau, Church Village, Tonteg, Llantwit Fardre, Llantrisant, Pontyclun, Talbot Green, Tonyrefail East and Tonyrefail West.[2]

Alternatively, one can think of the constituency as being divided between a 'suburban' district in the south and communities that grew in the industrial revolution to the north; the Southern area, particularly between Church Village and Llantrisant, contains much new residential and light industrial development, and benefits from good transport links due to its proximity to the M4. This section has a growing population and is an important 'dormitory' for Cardiff. The Northern parts, particularly Tonyrefail and the northern end of Pontypridd town consists of large sections of 19th century housing and suffered high unemployment in the 1980s as the old industries closed. However, in recent years, economic recovery has been firm, especially considered with neighbouring constituencies to the north.

The Pontypridd constituency was created in its original form from parts of the old South Glamorganshire & East Glamorganshire constituencies as part of Representation of the People Act 1918 (sometimes referred to as 'The Fourth Reform Act') which granted virtually all men over 21 the right to vote, extended voting rights to women over 30 years of age, & increased the number of the now abolished University constituencies. Part of this Act also effected a 'General Redistribution of Seats' on an 'equitable basis'.[3] It originally included the old Borough & Rural district of Cowbridge (which included Ystradowen, Bonvilston, St Athan, Llantwit Major & Llandow) & the Urban district of Pontypridd plus the Rural District of Llantrisant & Llantwit Fardre.[4] The constituency remained unchanged from this form until the Third Periodic Parliamentary Boundary Review's proposals were implemented in 1983.[5] This removed Cowbridge Borough and the Cowbridge Rural District placing them in the Vale of Glamorgan constituency additionally moving out the communities of Llanharry, Llanharan, and Brynna into the Ogmore constituency.However the communities of Creigiau and Pentyrch were added to the seat at this time, only to be removed again in time for the 2010 General Election.

Prior to 2010 the Pontypridd Constituency also consisted of the Cilfynydd, Glyncoch, Creigiau & Pentyrch Wards. The Fifth Periodic Parliamentary Boundary Review for Wales placed Cilfynydd & Glyncoch wards in the Cynon Valley (UK Parliament constituency) [6] & the Creigiau & Pentyrch wards in the Cardiff West (UK Parliament constituency). These changes were made & in place for the United Kingdom general election, 2010.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Like many seats in South Wales, Pontypridd has been retained by the Labour party for over 95 years.

Election Member[7] Party
1918 Thomas Arthur Lewis Coalition Liberal
1922 National Liberal
1922 by-election Thomas Isaac Mardy Jones Labour
1931 by-election David Lewis Davies Labour
1938 by-election Arthur Pearson Labour
1970 Brynmor John Labour
1989 by-election Dr Kim Howells Labour
2010 Owen Smith Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Pontypridd[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Owen Smith 22,103 55.4 +14.3
Conservative Juliette Ash 10,655 26.7 +9.4
Plaid Cymru Fflur Elin 4,102 10.3 -1.2
Liberal Democrat Mike Powell 1,963 4.9 -8.0
UKIP Robin Hunter-Clarke 1,071 2.7 -10.7
Majority 11,448 28.7 +5.0
Turnout 39,894 65.9 +1.6
Registered electors 60,564
Labour hold Swing +2.5
General Election 2015: Pontypridd[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Owen Smith 15,554 41.1 +2.3
Conservative Ann-Marie Mason 6,569 17.3 +1.1
UKIP Andrew Tomkinson 5,085 13.4 +10.0
Liberal Democrat Mike Powell 4,904 12.9 −18.3
Plaid Cymru Osian Lewis 4,348 11.5 +4.2
Green Katy Clay 992 2.6 +1.6
Socialist Labour Damien Biggs 332 0.9 −0.3
TUSC Esther Pearson 98 0.3 N/A
Majority 8,985 23.7 +16.1
Turnout 37,882 64.3 +1.3
Registered electors 58,940
Labour hold Swing −0.1
General Election 2010: Pontypridd[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Owen Smith 14,220 38.8 −15.4
Liberal Democrat Mike Powell 11,435 31.2 +11.2
Conservative Lee Gonzalez 5,932 16.2 +4.6
Plaid Cymru Ioan Bellin 2,673 7.3 −3.7
UKIP David Bevan 1,229 3.4 +0.8
Socialist Labour Simon Parsons 456 1.2 N/A
Christian Donald Watson 365 1.0 N/A
Green John Matthews 361 1.0 N/A
Majority 2,785 7.6 −25.7
Turnout 36,671 63.0 −0.2
Registered electors 58,205
Labour hold Swing −13.3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Pontypridd[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kim Howells 20,919 52.8 −7.1
Liberal Democrat Mike Powell 7,728 19.5 +8.7
Conservative Quentin Edwards 5,321 13.4 +0.1
Plaid Cymru Julie Richards 4,420 11.2 −2.6
UKIP David Bevan 1,013 2.6 +1.0
Communist Robert Griffiths 233 0.6 N/A
Majority 13,191 33.3 −12.8
Turnout 39,634 60.9 +7.5
Registered electors 64,310
Labour hold Swing −7.9
General Election 2001: Pontypridd[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kim Howells 22,963 59.9 −3.9
Plaid Cymru Bleddyn Hancock 5,279 13.8 +7.3
Conservative Prudence Dailey 5,096 13.3 +0.4
Liberal Democrat Eric Brooke 4,152 10.8 −2.6
UKIP Susan Warry 603 1.6 N/A
ProLife Alliance Joseph Biddulph 216 0.6 N/A
Majority 17,684 46.1 −4.4
Turnout 38,309 58.0 -13.4
Registered electors 71,768
Labour hold Swing −5.6

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Pontypridd[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kim Howells 29,290 63.9 +3.1
Liberal Democrat Nigel Howells 6,161 13.4 +4.9
Conservative Jonathan M. Cowen 5,910 12.9 −7.4
Plaid Cymru Owain Llewelyn 2,977 6.5 −2.6
Referendum John Wood 874 1.9 N/A
Socialist Labour Peter Skelly 380 0.8 N/A
Communist Robert Griffiths 178 0.4 N/A
Natural Law Anthony G. Moore 85 0.2 N/A
Majority 23,129 50.4 +10.0
Turnout 45,855 71.4 -7.8
Registered electors 64,185
Labour hold Swing −0.9
General Election 1992: Pontypridd[15][16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kim Howells 29,722 60.8 +4.5
Conservative Peter D. Donnelly 9,925 20.3 +0.8
Plaid Cymru Delme Bowen 4,448 9.1 +3.8
Liberal Democrat Steve Belzak 4,180 8.5 −10.3
Green Emma J. Jackson 615 1.3 N/A
Majority 19,797 40.5 +3.6
Turnout 48,890 79.3 +2.5
Registered electors 61,685
Labour hold Swing +1.8

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

Pontypridd by-election, 1989
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kim Howells 20,549 53.4 −2.9
Plaid Cymru Syd Morgan 9,775 25.3 +20.0
Conservative Nigel Evans 5,212 13.5 −6.0
Social and Liberal Democrats Tom Ellis 1,500 3.9 −15.0
SDP Terry Thomas 1,199 3.1 −7.2
Communist David Richards 239 0.6 N/A
Independent David Black 57 0.1 N/A
Majority 10,794 28.0 −8.8
Turnout 38,511 62.0 −19.3
Registered electors 61,193
Labour hold Swing −11.5
General Election 1987: Pontypridd[17][18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Brynmor John 26,422 56.3 +10.7
Conservative Desmond Swayne 9,145 19.5 −3.4
Social Democratic Peter Sain-Ley-Berry 8,865 18.9 −7.0
Plaid Cymru Delme Bowen 2,498 5.3 +0.7
Majority 17,277 36.8 +17.1
Turnout 46,930 76.6 +3.9
Registered electors 61,255
Labour hold Swing +7.1
General Election 1983a : Pontypridd[19][20][21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Brynmor John 20,188 45.6 −10.4
Social Democratic Richard Langridge 11,444 25.9 N/A
Conservative Richard Evans 10,139 22.9 −6.3
Plaid Cymru Janet Davies 2,065 4.7 +0.9
Green Alwyn K. Jones 449 1.0 N/A
Majority 8,744 19.8 −7.0
Turnout 44,285 72.7 −5.4
Registered electors 60,883
Labour hold Swing −5.2

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Pontypridd[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Brynmor John 32,801 55.97 -0.6
Conservative Michael Clay 17,114 29.21 +8.9
Liberal Hugh Penri-Williams 6,228 10.63 -4.9
Plaid Cymru Alun Roberts 2,200 3.76 -3.8
National Front R.G. Davies 263 0.45 N/A
Majority 15,687 26.77 -9.5
Turnout 58,606 78.1 +4.3
Registered electors 75,050b
Labour hold Swing -4.7
General Election October 1974: Pontypridd[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Brynmor John 29,302 56.57 +4.6
Conservative Alun Jones 10,528 20.33 -0.8
Liberal Mary Murphy 8,050 15.55 -2.79
Plaid Cymru Richard Kemp 3,917 7.57 -1.0
Majority 18,774 36.3 +5.4
Turnout 51,797 73.79 -3.6
Registered electors 70,200
Labour hold Swing +2.7
General Election February 1974: Pontypridd[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Brynmor John 28,028 51.97 -6.6
Conservative Alun Jones 11,406 21.15 +4.3
Liberal Mary Murphy 9,889 18.34 +4.2
Plaid Cymru Richard Kemp 4,612 8.56 -1.9
Majority 16,622 30.82 -10.8
Turnout 53,935 77.40 +3.0
Registered electors 69,685
Labour hold Swing -5.4
General Election 1970: Pontypridd [25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Brynmor John 28,414 58.5 -16.4
Conservative Michael Withers 8,205 16.9 -8.2
Liberal Mary Murphy 6,871 14.2 N/A
Plaid Cymru Errol Jones 5,059 10.4 N/A
Majority 20,209 41.6 -8.2
Turnout 48,549 74.39 -0.3
Registered electors 65,265
Labour hold Swing -4.1

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Pontypridd[26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Arthur Pearson 30,840 74.9 +3.6
Conservative Kenneth Green-Wanstall 10,325 25.09 -3.6
Majority 20,515 49.8 +7.1
Turnout 41,365 74.73 -2.1
Registered electors 55,088
Labour hold Swing +3.6
General Election 1964: Pontypridd [27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Arthur Pearson 29,533 71.35 +3.2
Conservative John Warrender 11,859 28.65 -3.2
Majority 17,674 42.70 +6.2
Turnout 41,392 76.86 -4.3
Registered electors 53,859
Labour hold Swing +3.2

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Pontypridd[28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Arthur Pearson 29,853 68.20 -2.9
Conservative Brandon Rhys-Williams 13,896 31.80 +2.9
Majority 15,957 36.50 -5.8
Turnout 43,749 81.20 +6.3
Registered electors 53,903
Labour hold Swing -2.9
General Election 1955: Pontypridd[29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Arthur Pearson 28,881 71.14 -1.1
Conservative Thomas Tyrrell 11,718 28.87 +1.1
Majority 17,163 42.28 -2.2
Turnout 40,599 74.89 -8.4
Registered electors 54,214
Labour hold Swing -1.1
General Election 1951: Pontypridd[30]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Arthur Pearson 32,586 72.26 +3.3
Conservative James Lionel Manning 12,511 27.75 +7.6
Majority 20,075 44.52 -4.3
Turnout 45,097 83.32 -0.9
Registered electors 54,126
Labour hold Swing -2.1
General Election 1950: Pontypridd[31]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Arthur Pearson 30,945 68.9 +0.3
Conservative Thomas Esmôr Rhys Rhys-Roberts 9,049 20.2 +2.3
Liberal David Irwin Charles Lewis 4,895 10.9 -2.6
Majority 21,896 48.78 -1.9
Turnout 44,889 84.3 +8.3
Registered electors 53,275
Labour hold Swing -1.0

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Pontypridd[32]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Arthur Pearson 27,823 68.62 +8.7
Conservative Cennydd Traherne 7,260 17.9 N/A
Liberal John Ellis Williams 5,464 13.5 N/A
Majority 20,563 50.7 +30.8
Turnout 40,547 76.0 +6.7
Registered electors 53,346
Labour hold Swing +15.4

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

Pontypridd by-election, 1938[32]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Arthur Pearsonc 22,159 59.9 N/A
Liberal National Juliet Rhys-Williams 14,810 40.1 N/A
Majority 7,349 19.9 N/A
Turnout 36,969 69.3 N/A
Registered electors 36,846
Labour hold Swing N/A
General Election 1935: Pontypridd[33]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Lewis Davies Unopposed
Registered electors 48,469
Labour hold
General Election 1931: Pontypridd[34][35]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Lewis Davies 21,751 58.4 +5.3
Liberal Bernard Acworth 13,937 37.4 +0.6
Independent Labour Thomas Mardy-Jones 1,110 3.0 N/A
New Party William Lowell 466 1.3 N/A
Majority 7,814 21.0 +4.6
Turnout 37,264 78.7 -3.3
Registered electors 47,346
Labour hold Swing +2.3
Pontypridd by-election, 1931[34]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Lewis Davies 20,687 59.89 +6.72
Liberal Geoffrey Crawshay 8,368 24.23 -12.57
Conservative David J Evans 5,489 15.89 +5.79
Majority 12,319 35.7 +19.30
Turnout 34,544 73.0 -9.00
Registered electors 34,733
Labour hold Swing +9.7

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Pontypridd[36]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Mardy-Jones 20,835 53.1 -2.8
Liberal John Victor Evans 14,421 36.8 N/A
Conservative May Gordon Williams 3,967 10.1 -34.0
Majority 6,414 16.4 +4.5
Turnout 39,223 82.0 +2.3
Registered electors 47,860
Labour hold Swing +2.3
General Election 1924: Pontypridd[36]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Mardy-Jones 18,301 55.93 +1.0
Conservative David J Evans 14,425 44.1 N/A
Majority 3,876 11.9 +2.1
Turnout 32,726 79.6 +3.6
Registered electors 41,099
Labour hold Swing +1.0
General Election 1923: Pontypridd [37]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Mardy-Jones 16,837 54.9 +7.7
Liberal Jon David Rees 13,839 45.1 +19.8
Majority 2,998 9.8 -9.9
Turnout 30,676 76.0 -0.8
Registered electors 40,379
Labour hold Swing -6.0
General Election 1922: Pontypridd [37]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Mardy-Jones 14,884 47.2 +3.4
National Liberal Rhys Rhys-Williams 8,667 27.5 N/A
Unionist J. Griffith Jones 7,994 25.4 N/A
Majority 6,217 19.7 N/A
Turnout 31,545 76.8 +8.5
Registered electors 41,087
Labour hold Swing
Pontypridd by-election, 1922[37]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Thomas Mardy-Jones 16,630 57.0 +14.2
C Liberal Thomas Arthur Lewis 12,550 43.0 -13.1
Majority 4,080 13.19 N/A
Turnout 29,180 72.82 +4.52
Registered electors 40,071
Labour gain from Liberal Swing
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

T.A. Lewis
General Election 1918d : Pontypridd [38]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
C Liberal Thomas Arthur Lewis 13,327 56.1 N/A
Labour David Lewis Davies 10,152 42.8 N/A
Conservative Arthur Seaton 260 1.1 N/A
Majority 3,175 13.4 N/A
Turnout 23,739 68.3 N/A
Registered electors 34,778
Liberal win (new seat)
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  • a In 1983 the Third Periodical Boundary Review report made major changes to the constituency, removing the Cowbridge community & placing it the new Vale of Glamorgan seat & also by removing the Llanharry & Llanharan communities to the Ogmore seat. However, the Pentyrch & Creigiau communities were added to the new seat from the old Barry seat, to give a New seat with nearly 15,000 less electors.
  • b This was and still is the largest number of electors for the Pontypridd constituency in any of its forms.
  • c Arthur Pearson's initial selection following a closely contested process at a selection conference at Pontyclun occurred only after several rounds of voting, and he was finally chosen against the prominent local miners' agent W. H. May on 15 January 1938.
  • d Enacted in the Representation of the People Act 1918 & created from the old East Glamorganshire (which included Pontypridd & the Tonteg/Church Village/Llantwit Fardre areas) & South Glamorganshire (which included the Llantrisant, Tonyrefail, Pontyclun, Llanharry & Cowbridge areas) parliamentary constituencies, the Pontypridd constituency from 1918 to the 1983 UK General Election remained unchanged & consisted of the Cowbridge, Llantwit Major, St Athan, Ystradowen, Llandow & Bonvilston communities plus Pontypridd urban district council plus the Llantrisant(which included Llanharry, Llanharan, Brynna) & Llantwit Fardre rural districts.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council Ward figures for 2012 County Council Elections
  2. ^ "Comisiwn Ffiniau i Gymru" (PDF). Boundary Commission for Wales. Retrieved 2016-07-23.
  3. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1910, 1911, 1919, Poltico's Publishing Page 8 1918 Election section
  4. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1950, The Times Office, Printing House Square Page 55
  5. ^ Third Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Wales. February 1983. Cmd.8798.
  6. ^ "Fifth Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Wales" (PDF). Stationery Office. Retrieved 2014-04-03.
  7. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 2)
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  11. ^ Pontypridd BBC News | Election 2010 | Constituency | Pontypridd
  12. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  17. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  18. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide June 1987, The Times Newspapers Ltd, Golden Square Page 187
  19. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  20. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide June 1983, The Times Newspapers Ltd, St Edmundsbury Press, Bury Page 186
  21. ^ Third Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Wales. February 1983 Cmd.8798.
  22. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide May 1979, The Times Newspapers Ltd, Ogle Street, London Page 188
  23. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide October 1974, The Times Newspapers Ltd, Printing House Square Page 218
  24. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide February 1974, The Times Newspapers Ltd, Printing House Square Page 207
  25. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1970, The Times Newspapers Ltd, Printing House Square Page 182
  26. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1966, The Times Office, Printing House Square Page 170
  27. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1964, The Times Office, Printing House Square Page 202
  28. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1959, The Times Office, Printing House Square Page 189
  29. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1955, The Times Office, Printing House Square Page 206
  30. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1951, The Times Office, Printing House Square Page 182
  31. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1950, The Times Office, Printing House Square Page 240
  32. ^ a b The Times House of Commons Guide 1945, The Times Office, Printing House Square Page 109
  33. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1929, 1931, 1935, Politico's Publishing Page 135 1935 section
  34. ^ a b The Times House of Commons Guide 1929, 1931, 1935, Politico's Publishing Page 108 1931 section
  35. ^ Craig, F.W.S., ed. (1969). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949. Glasgow: Political Reference Publications. p. 562. ISBN 0-900178-01-9.
  36. ^ a b The Times House of Commons Guide 1929, 1931, 1935, Politico's Publishing Page 119 1929 section
  37. ^ a b c House of Commons Information Office Email Dated 18 December 2008
  38. ^ The Times House of Commons Guide 1910, 1911, 1919, Poltico's Publishing Page 68 1918 Section

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