Pontypridd (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Pontypridd in Wales.
|Preserved county||Mid Glamorgan|
|Electorate||61,507 (April 2012)|
|Major settlements||Pontypridd, Llantrisant|
|Member of parliament||Owen Smith (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Mid Glamorganshire|
|Welsh Assembly||South Wales Central|
|European Parliament constituency||Wales|
Pontypridd // 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. Pontrypridd has been represented by a succession of Labour MPs since 1922. Since the 2010 general election the seat has been held by Owen Smith.
- 1 Boundaries
- 2 Members of Parliament
- 3 Elections
- 4 See also
- 5 Footnotes
- 6 Notes and references
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, Taffs Well. The Western half consists of the following wards: Beddau, Church Village, Tonteg, Llantwit Fardre, Llantrisant, Pontyclun, Talbot Green, Tonyrefail East and Tonyrefail West.
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'. 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. The constituency remained unchanged from this form until the Third Periodic Parliamentary Boundary Review's proposals were implemented in 1983. 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. For the 2010 Election the Cilfyndd and Glyncoch electoral divisions were also removed from the seat, and added to the Cynon Valley constituency.
Members of Parliament
Like many seats in South Wales, Pontypridd has been retained by the Labour party for over 90 years.
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2015: Pontypridd |
|Liberal Democrat||Mike Powell||4,904||12.9||−18.3|
|Plaid Cymru||Osian Lewis||4,348||11.5||+4.2|
|Socialist Labour||Damien Biggs||332||0.9||−0.3|
|General Election 2010a : Pontypridd|
|Liberal Democrat||Mike Powell||11,435||31.2||+11.2|
|Plaid Cymru||Ioan Bellin||2,673||7.3||−3.7|
|Socialist Labour||Simon Parsons||456||1.2||N/A|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: Pontypridd|
|Labour||Kim Scott Howells||20,919||52.8||−7.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Mike Powell||7,728||19.5||+8.7|
|Plaid Cymru||Julie Richards||4,420||11.2||−2.6|
|Communist||Robert David Griffiths||233||0.6||N/A|
|General Election 2001: Pontypridd|
|Labour||Kim Scott Howells||22,963||59.9||−3.9|
|Plaid Cymru||Bleddyn William Hancock||5,279||13.8||+7.3|
|Conservative||Miss Prudence Mary Prior Dailey||5,096||13.3||+0.4|
|Liberal Democrat||Eric William Brooke||4,152||10.8||−2.6|
|UKIP||Mrs. Susan Marilyn Warry||603||1.6||N/A|
|ProLife Alliance||Joseph Anthony Biddulph||216||0.6||N/A|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: Pontypridd|
|Labour||Kim Scott 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|
|Socialist Labour||Peter Skelly||380||0.8||N/A|
|Communist||Robert David Griffiths||178||0.4||N/A|
|Natural Law||Anthony G. Moore||85||0.2||N/A|
|General Election 1992: Pontypridd |
|Labour||Kim Scott Howells||29,722||60.8||+4.5|
|Conservative||Dr Peter D. Donnelly||9,925||20.3||+0.8|
|Plaid Cymru||Professor Delme Bowen||4,448||9.1||+3.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Steve Belzak||4,180||8.5||−10.3|
|Green||Ms. Emma J. Jackson||615||1.3||N/A|
Elections in the 1980s
|Pontypridd by-election, 1989|
|Labour||Kim Scott Howells||20,549||53.4||−2.9|
|Plaid Cymru||Sydney Morgan||9,775||25.3||+20.0|
|Conservative||Nigel Martin Evans||5,212||13.5||−6.0|
|Social and Liberal Democrats||Robert Thomas Ellis||1,500||3.9||−15.0|
|Social Democratic||Terry Thomas||1,199||3.1||−7.2|
|General Election 1987: Pontypridd |
|Labour||Brynmor Thomas John||26,422||56.3||+10.7|
|Conservative||Desmond Angus Swayne||9,145||19.5||−3.4|
|Social Democratic||Peter Sain-Ley-Berry||8,865||18.9||−7.0|
|Plaid Cymru||Professor Delme Bowen||2,498||5.3||+0.7|
|General Election 1983c : Pontypridd|
|Labour||Brynmor Thomas John||20,188||45.6||−10.4|
|Social Democratic||Richard Langridge||11,444||25.9||N/A|
|Plaid Cymru||Janet Marion Davies||2,065||4.7||+0.9|
Elections in the 1970s
|General Election 1979: Pontypridd|
|Labour||Brynmor Thomas John||32,801||55.97||−0.6|
|Plaid Cymru||Alun Roberts||2,200||3.76||−3.8|
|National Front||R.G. Davies||263||0.45||N/A|
|General Election October 1974: Pontypridd|
|Labour||Brynmor Thomas John||29,302||56.57||+4.6|
|Liberal||Mrs Mary Murphy||8,050||15.55||-2.79|
|Plaid Cymru||Richard Kemp||3,917||7.57||−1.0|
|General Election February 1974: Pontypridd|
|Labour||Brynmor Thomas John||28,028||51.97||−6.6|
|Liberal||Mrs Mary Murphy||9,889||18.34||+4.2|
|Plaid Cymru||Richard Kemp||4,612||8.56||−1.9|
|General Election 1970: Pontypridd |
|Labour||Brynmor Thomas John||28,414||58.5||−16.4|
|Liberal||Mrs Mary Murphy||6,871||14.2||N/A|
|Plaid Cymru||Errol Jones||5,059||10.4||N/A|
Elections in the 1960s
|General Election 1966: Pontypridd|
|General Election 1964: Pontypridd |
|Conservative||John Robert Warrender||11,859||28.65||−3.2|
Elections in the 1950s
|General Election 1959: Pontypridd|
|Conservative||Sir Brandon Meredith Rhys-Williams||13,896||31.80||+2.9|
|General Election 1955: Pontypridd|
|General Election 1951: Pontypridd|
|Conservative||James L Manning||12,511||27.75||+7.6|
|General Election 1950: Pontypridd|
|Conservative||T.E.R. Rhys Roberts||9,049||20.2||+2.3|
|Liberal||David C Irwin Lewis||4,895||10.9||−2.6|
Elections in the 1940s
|General Election 1945: Pontypridd|
|Conservative||Capt. Cennydd George Traherne||7,260||17.9||N/A|
|Liberal||John Ellis Williams||5,464||13.5||N/A|
Elections in the 1930s
|Pontypridd by-election, 1938|
|Liberal National||Lady Juliet Evangeline Rhys Williams||14,810||40.1||N/A|
|General Election 1935: Pontypridd|
|Labour||David Lewis Davies||Unopposed||N/A||N/A|
|General Election 1931: Pontypridd|
|Labour||David Lewis Davies||21,751||58.4||−1.5|
|Liberal National||Bernard Acworth||13,937||37.4||N/A|
|Independent Labour||Thomas Isaac Mardy Jones||1,110||3.0||N/A|
|Pontypridd by-election, 1931|
|Labour||David Lewis Davies||20,687||59.89||+6.8|
|Liberal||Geoffrey Cartland Hugh Crawshay||8,368||24.23||−12.5|
Elections in the 1920s
|General Election 1929: Pontypridd|
|Labour||Thomas Isaac Mardy Jones||20,835||53.12||−2.8|
|Liberal||John Victor Evans||14,421||36.8||N/A|
|Conservative||Miss May Gordon Williams||3,967||10.1||−34.0|
|General Election 1924: Pontypridd|
|Labour||Thomas Isaac Mardy Jones||18,301||55.93||+1.0|
|Conservative||D J Evans||14,425||44.1||N/A|
|General Election 1923: Pontypridd |
|Labour||Thomas Isaac Mardy Jones||16,837||54.9||+7.7|
|Liberal||Jon David Rees||13,839||45.1||+19.8|
|General Election 1922: Pontypridd |
|Labour||Thomas Isaac Mardy Jones||14,884||47.2||−9.8|
|National Liberal||Sir Rhys Rhys-Williams||8,667||27.5||−15.5|
|Unionist||J. Griffith Jones||7,994||25.4||N/A|
|Pontypridd by-election, 1922|
|Labour||Thomas Isaac Mardy Jones||16,630||57.0||+14.2|
|National Liberal||Thomas Arthur Lewis||12,550||43.0||−13.1|
|Labour gain from National Liberal||Swing||13.7|
Elections in the 1910s
|General Election 1918w : Pontypridd |
|Labour||David Lewis Davies||10,152||42.8||N/A|
- endorsed by the Coalition Government
- Pontypridd (Assembly constituency)
- List of Parliamentary constituencies in Mid Glamorgan
- The National Library of Wales:Dictionary of Welsh Biography (Thomas Isaac Mardy Jones)
- The National Library for Wales: Dictionary of Welsh Biography (Arthur Pearson)
- The National Library for Wales: Dictionary of Welsh Biography (Brynmor John)
- Ordnance Survey Election Maps Site
- Boundary Commission Map report from 1917 showing original detailed map used for Pontypridd Constituency
- Boundary Commission Ordnance Survey Map original used at 1955 review for the entire UK showing all constituencies highly detailed
- a 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) & the Creigiau & Pentyrch wards in the Cardiff West (UK Parliament constituency). These changes were made & in place for the United Kingdom general election, 2010.
- b The Total Electorate for the Constituency in June 1987 was 61,255.
- c 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.
- d The Total Electorate for the newly reconstituted Constituency in June 1983 was 60,883.
- e 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.
- h The Total Electorate for the Constituency in May 1979 was 75,050, this was & still is the highest recorded electorate so far for the Pontypridd constituency in any of its forms.
- i The Total Electorate for the Constituency in October 1974 was 70,200.
- j The Total Electorate for the Constituency in February 1974 was 69,685.
- k The Total Electorate for the Constituency in June 1970 was 65,265.
- l The Total Electorate for the Constituency in March 1966 was 55,088.
- m The Total Electorate for the Constituency in October 1964 was 53,859.
- n The Total Electorate for the Constituency in October 1959 was 53,903.
- o The Total Electorate for the Constituency in May 1955 was 54,214.
- p The Total Electorate for the Constituency in October 1951 was 54,126.
- q The Total Electorate for the Constituency in February 1950 was 53,275.
- r The Total Electorate for the Constituency in July 1945 was 53,346.
- s The Total Electorate for the Constituency in November 1935 was 48,469.
- t The Total Electorate for the Constituency in October 1931 was 47,346.
- u The Total Electorate for the Constituency in May 1929 was 47,860.
- v The Total Electorate for the Constituency in October 1924 was 41,099.
- w 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.
- x The Total Electorate for the Constituency in December 1918 was 34,778.
Notes and references
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- "Comisiwn Ffiniau i Gymru" (PDF). Boundary Commission for Wales. Retrieved 2016-07-23.
- The Times House of Commons Guide 1910, 1911, 1919, Poltico's Publishing Page 8 1918 Election section
- The Times House of Commons Guide 1950, The Times Office, Printing House Square Page 55
- Third Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Wales. February 1983. Cmd.8798.
- "Fifth Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Wales" (PDF). Stationery Office. Retrieved 2014-04-03.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "P" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
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- total electorate 58,940 email from Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council 19Aug15
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- The Times House of Commons Guide June 1987, The Times Newspapers Ltd, Golden Square Page 187
- The Times House of Commons Guide June 1983, The Times Newspapers Ltd, St Edmundsbury Press, Bury Page 186
- Third Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission for Wales. February 1983 Cmd.8798.
- The Times House of Commons Guide May 1979, The Times Newspapers Ltd, Ogle Street, London Page 188
- The Times House of Commons Guide October 1974, The Times Newspapers Ltd, Printing House Square Page 218
- The Times House of Commons Guide February 1974, The Times Newspapers Ltd, Printing House Square Page 207
- The Times House of Commons Guide 1970, The Times Newspapers Ltd, Printing House Square Page 182
- The Times House of Commons Guide 1966, The Times Office, Printing House Square Page 170
- The Times House of Commons Guide 1964, The Times Office, Printing House Square Page 202
- The Times House of Commons Guide 1959, The Times Office, Printing House Square Page 189
- The Times House of Commons Guide 1955, The Times Office, Printing House Square Page 206
- The Times House of Commons Guide 1951, The Times Office, Printing House Square Page 182
- The Times House of Commons Guide 1950, The Times Office, Printing House Square Page 240
- The Times House of Commons Guide 1945, The Times Office, Printing House Square Page 109
- The Times House of Commons Guide 1929, 1931, 1935, Politico's Publishing Page 135 1935 section
- The Times House of Commons Guide 1929, 1931, 1935, Politico's Publishing Page 108 1931 section
- The Times House of Commons Guide 1929, 1931, 1935, Politico's Publishing Page 119 1929 section
- House of Commons Information Office Email Dated 18 December 2008
- The Times House of Commons Guide 1910, 1911, 1919, Poltico's Publishing Page 68 1918 Section