Torfaen (UK Parliament constituency)

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Not to be confused with Torfaen (Assembly constituency).

Coordinates: 51°41′46″N 3°03′47″W / 51.696°N 3.063°W / 51.696; -3.063

Torfaen
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Torfaen in Wales.
Preserved county Gwent
Electorate 61,806 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Cwmbran, Pontypool, Blaenavon
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of parliament Nick Thomas-Symonds (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Pontypool
Overlaps
Welsh Assembly South Wales East
European Parliament constituency Wales

Torfaen 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.

Boundaries[edit]

The area is a Labour Party stronghold with a majority of around 9,000, with the community of New Inn the only strong Conservative area. It voted Labour even amidst the huge Conservative majorities of 1983 and 1987. The area covers the new town of Cwmbran, Pontypool and its surrounding districts and stretches as far north as Blaenavon.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1983 Leo Abse Labour
1987 Paul Peter Murphy Labour
2015 Nick Thomas-Symonds Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Torfaen [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Nick Thomas-Symonds[4] 16,938 44.6 −0.2
Conservative Graham Smith 8,769 23.1 +3.1
UKIP Ken Beswick[5] 7,203 19.0 +16.7
Plaid Cymru Boydd Hackley-Green 2,169 5.7 +0.4
Liberal Democrat Alison Willott 1,271 3.4 −13.2
Green Matt Cooke[6] 746 2.0 +0.8
Socialist Labour John Cox 697 1.8 N/A
Communist Mark Griffiths 144 0.4 N/A
Majority 8,169 21.5 −3.2
Turnout 37,937 61.3 -0.2
Labour hold Swing −1.6
General Election 2010: Torfaen[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Paul Peter Murphy 16,847 44.8 −12.1
Conservative Jonathan H. Burns 7,541 20.0 +4.2
Liberal Democrat David P. Morgan 6,264 16.6 +0.9
Plaid Cymru Rhys G. ab Elis 2,005 5.3 −0.9
BNP Jennifer Noble 1,657 4.4 N/A
Independent Fred Wildgust 1,419 3.8 +3.8
UKIP Gareth Dunn 862 2.3 −0.9
Independent Richard Jeffries Turner-Thomas 607 1.6 −0.5
Green Owen Clarke 438 1.2 +1.2
Majority 9,306 24.7
Turnout 37,640 61.5 +2.2
Labour hold Swing −8.2

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Torfaen
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Paul Peter Murphy 20,472 56.9 −5.2
Conservative Nick Ramsay 5,681 15.8 −0.1
Liberal Democrat Veronica Kathleen Watkins 5,678 15.8 +4.6
Plaid Cymru Aneurin Jason Marsden Preece 2,242 6.2 −1.5
UKIP David John Rowlands 1,145 3.2 +1.3
Independent Richard Jeffries Turner-Thomas 761 2.1 +2.1
Majority 14,791 41.1
Turnout 35,979 59.3 +1.6
Labour hold Swing −2.5
General Election 2001: Torfaen
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Paul Peter Murphy 21,883 62.1 −7.0
Conservative Jason Philip Evans 5,603 15.9 +3.6
Liberal Democrat Alan Masters 3,936 11.2 −1.0
Plaid Cymru Stephen Paul Smith 2,720 7.7 +5.3
UKIP Brenda Muriel Vipass 657 1.9 N/A
Socialist Alliance Stephen Bell 443 1.3 N/A
Majority 16,280 46.2
Turnout 35,242 57.7 −14.0
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Torfaen
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Paul Peter Murphy 29,863 69.1 +5.0
Conservative Neil Parish 5,327 12.3 −8.0
Liberal Democrat Jean Elizabeth Gray 5,249 12.1 −1.0
Referendum Deborah Jayne Holler 1,245 2.9 N/A
Plaid Cymru Robert William Gough 1,042 2.4 −0.2
Green Roger William Coghill 519 1.2 N/A
Majority 24,536 56.7
Turnout 43,245 71.7
Labour hold Swing +6.5
General Election 1992: Torfaen[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Paul Peter Murphy 30,352 64.1 +5.4
Conservative Mark Christopher Watkins 9,598 20.3 +1.2
Liberal Democrat Malcolm George Hewson 6,178 13.1 −6.9
Plaid Cymru (Green) John Idris Cox 1,210 2.6 +2.6
Majority 20,754 43.8 +5.1
Turnout 47,338 77.5 +1.9
Labour hold Swing +2.1

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Torfaen
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Paul Peter Murphy 26,577 58.7 +11.4
Liberal Graham Robert Blackburn 9,027 19.9 −8.4
Conservative Robert Ian Neilson Gordon 8,632 19.1 −3.2
Plaid Cymru Jill Evans 577 1.2 −0.9
Green Melvin John Witherden 450 1.0 N/A
Majority 17,550 38.8
Turnout 45,263 75.6 +1.2
Labour hold Swing +9.9
General Election 1983: Torfaen
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Leo Abse 20,678 47.3 N/A
Liberal Graham Robert Blackburn 12,393 28.3 N/A
Conservative Peter John Martin 9,751 22.3 N/A
Plaid Cymru Phyllis Mary Rose Cox 896 2.1 N/A
Majority 8,285 19.0 N/A
Turnout 43,718 74.4 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

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. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "T" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ "May 2015 Election Result" (PDF). Declaration of the result of the poll. Torfaen County Borough Council. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  4. ^ http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/2015guide/torfaen/
  5. ^ http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/2015guide/torfaen/
  6. ^ http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/11563245.Greens_announce_candidate_for_Torfaen/
  7. ^ BBC News Election Coverage - Torfaen
  8. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.