Vale of Glamorgan (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°25′44″N 3°21′04″W / 51.429°N 3.351°W / 51.429; -3.351

Vale of Glamorgan
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Vale of Glamorgan in Wales.
Preserved county South Glamorgan
Electorate 71,585 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Barry, Llantwit Major, Dinas Powys, Cowbridge
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of parliament Alun Cairns (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Barry and Pontypridd[2]
Overlaps
Welsh Assembly South Wales Central
European Parliament constituency Wales

Vale of Glamorgan (Welsh: Bro Morgannwg) is a county constituency in South Wales, represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP), using the first-past-the-post voting system.

It is something of a bellwether, having been won by the party with a plurality of seats in every general election since the seat was created in 1983.

Boundaries[edit]

1983–2010: The Borough of Vale of Glamorgan wards of Baruc, Buttrills, Cadoc, Castleland, Court, Cowbridge, Dinas Powys, Dyfan, Gibbonsdown, Illtyd, Llandow, Llantwit Major, Peterson-super-Ely, Rhoose, St Athan, Sully, and Wenvoe.

2010–present: The Vale of Glamorgan County Borough electoral divisions of Baruc, Buttrills, Cadoc, Castleland, Court, Cowbridge, Dinas Powys, Dyfan, Gibbonsdown, Illtyd, Llandow and Ewenny, Llantwit Major, Peterston-super-Ely, Rhoose, St Athan, St Bride’s Major, and Wenvoe.

This marginal constituency to the west of Cardiff takes in the Labour-voting seaside resort of Barry and a number of Conservative villages and small towns. There have been some close shaves for both parties here in the past: Conservative Walter Sweeney got home by a mere 19 votes in 1992; and John Smith (namesake of the late previous Labour leader) had a majority of under 2,000 in 2005. John Smith stood down from Parliament due to ill health, and the seat went Conservative at the 2010 election.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1983 Sir Raymond Gower Conservative
1989 by-election John Smith Labour
1992 Walter Sweeney Conservative
1997 John William Patrick Smith Labour
2010 Alun Cairns Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2017: Vale of Glamorgan[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alun Cairns 25,501 47.5 +1.5
Labour Camilla Beaven 23,311 43.4 +10.8
Plaid Cymru Ian Johnson 2,295 4.3 −1.3
Liberal Democrat Jennifer Geroni 1,020 1.9 −0.7
UKIP Melanie Hunter-Clarke 868 1.8 -8.1
Green Stephen Davis-Barker 419 0.8 −1.3
Women's Equality Sharon Lovell 177 0.3 +0.3
Pirate David Elston 127 0.2 +0.2
Majority 2,190 4.1 -9.3
Turnout 53,718 72.6 +1.5
Conservative hold Swing -4.6
General Election 2015: Vale of Glamorgan[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alun Cairns 23,607 46.0 +4.2
Labour Chris Elmore 16,727 32.6 −0.3
UKIP Kevin Mahoney 5,489 10.7 +7.6
Plaid Cymru Ian Johnson 2,869 5.6 +0.1
Liberal Democrat David Morgan[7] 1,309 2.6 −12.7
Green Alan Armstrong 1,054 2.1 +1.1
CISTA Steve Reed 238 0.5 +0.5
Majority 6,880 13.4 +4.6
Turnout 51,293 71.1 +1.8
Conservative hold Swing +2.3
General Election 2010: Vale of Glamorgan[8][9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alun Cairns 20,341 41.8 +4.4
Labour Alana E. Davies 16,034 32.9 −7.8
Liberal Democrat Eluned Parrott 7,403 15.2 +2.0
Plaid Cymru Ian Johnson 2,667 5.5 +0.4
UKIP Kevin Mahoney 1,529 3.1 +1.4
Green Rhodri H. Thomas 457 0.9 +0.9
Christian John Harrold 236 0.5 +0.5
Majority 4,307 8.8 N/A
Turnout 48,667 69.3 +0.7
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +6.1

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Vale of Glamorgan[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John William Patrick Smith 19,481 41.2 −4.2
Conservative Alun Cairns 17,673 37.3 +2.3
Liberal Democrat Mark Hooper 6,140 13.0 +0.8
Plaid Cymru Barry Shaw 2,423 5.1 −1.2
UKIP Richard Suchorzewski 840 1.8 +0.8
Liberal Karl-James Langford 605 1.3 +1.3
Socialist Labour Paul Mules 162 0.3 +0.3
Majority 1,808 3.8 -6.6
Turnout 47,324 68.9 +2.2
Labour hold Swing −3.3
General Election 2001: Vale of Glamorgan[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John William Patrick Smith 20,524 45.4 −8.5
Conservative Susan Inkin 15,824 35.0 +0.7
Liberal Democrat Dewi Smith 5,521 12.2 +3.0
Plaid Cymru Chris Franks 2,867 6.3 +3.8
UKIP Timothy Warry 448 1.0 N/A
Majority 4,700 10.4 -9.1
Turnout 45,184 66.7 −13.3
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Vale of Glamorgan[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John William Patrick Smith 29,054 53.9 +9.6
Conservative Walter Sweeney 18,522 34.4 −9.9
Liberal Democrat Suzanne Campbell 4,945 9.2 +0.0
Plaid Cymru Melanie Corp 1,393 2.6 +0.5
Majority 10,532 19.5 N/A
Turnout 53,914 80.0 −1.9
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +9.8
General Election 1992: Vale of Glamorgan[14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Walter Sweeney 24,220 44.3 −2.4
Labour John William Patrick Smith 24,201 44.3 +9.6
Liberal Democrat David Keith Davies 5,045 9.2 −7.4
Plaid Cymru David Haswell 1,160 2.1 +0.3
Majority 19 0.0 −12.0
Turnout 54,626 81.9 +2.6
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

By-election 1989: Vale of Glamorgan
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John William Patrick Smith 23,342 48.9 +14.2
Conservative Rod Richards 17,314 36.3 −10.5
Social and Liberal Democrats Frank Leavers 2,017 4.2 −12.5
Plaid Cymru John Dixon 1,672 3.5 +1.7
Social Democratic David Keith Davies 1,098 2.3 N/A
Green Marilyn Wakefield 971 2.0 N/A
Protect the Health Service Christopher Tiarks 847 1.8 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch 266 0.5 N/A
Independent Welsh Socialist Eric Roberts 148 0.3 N/A
Corrective Party Lindi St Claire 39 0.1 N/A
Christian Alliance David Black 32 0.1 N/A
Majority 6,028 12.6 N/A
Turnout 47,746 70.7 N/A
Labour gain from Conservative Swing −12.4
General Election 1987: Vale of Glamorgan[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Raymond Gower 24,229 46.8 −1.2
Labour John William Patrick Smith 17,978 34.7 +8.9
Social Democratic David Keith Davies 8,633 16.7 −7.2
Plaid Cymru Penri Williams 946 1.8 −0.5
Majority 6,251 12.1 -10.1
Turnout 51,786 79.3 +5.1
Conservative hold Swing −5.1
General Election 1983: Vale of Glamorgan[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Raymond Gower 22,241 48.0 N/A
Labour Michael Sharp 12,028 25.8 N/A
Social Democratic William Evans 11,154 23.9 N/A
Plaid Cymru John Dixon 1,068 2.3 N/A
Majority 10,393 22.2 N/A
Turnout 46,671 74.2 N/A
Conservative 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. ^ "'Vale of Glamorgan', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "V"
  4. ^ https://www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/Documents/Our%20Council/Council/Elections/Combined-notice-of-poll-persons-nom-stations-2.docx
  5. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Vale of Glamorgan result" (PDF). Statement of Results. Vale of Glamorgan Council. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  7. ^ http://www.libdems.org.uk/list_of_selected_candidates#
  8. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  9. ^ Vale of Glamorgan, Vale of Glamorgan County Borough Council – candidates – Vale of Glamorgan
  10. ^ Vale of Glamorgan BBC Election – Vale of Glamorgan
  11. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  16. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  17. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.