Vale of Glamorgan (UK Parliament constituency)
|Vale of Glamorgan|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Vale of Glamorgan in Wales
|Preserved county||South Glamorgan|
|Electorate||71,585 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Barry, Llantwit Major, Dinas Powys, Cowbridge|
|Member of Parliament||vacant|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Barry and Pontypridd|
|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 - although between 1989 and 1992, it was a Labour seat who were then the opposition.
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, such as Cowbridge. 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.
Sully ward was transferred to Cardiff South and Penarth in 2010.
Members of Parliament
|1983||Sir Raymond Gower||Conservative|
|1989 by-election||John Smith||Labour|
Elections in the 2010s
The Liberal Democrats, and Plaid Cymru, have agreed to stand aside, and support the Green Party candidate as part of an agreement to try to increase the chances of Remain supporting MPs being elected. There are 60 such constituencies in England, and Wales, involving the Unite to Remain alliance between the three parties.
Candidates listed in alphabetical order of surname.
|Green||Anthony Slaughter (Unite to Remain)|
|Gwlad Gwlad||Laurence Williams|
|Plaid Cymru||Ian Johnson||2,295||4.3||−1.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Jennifer Geroni||1,020||1.9||−0.7|
|Women’s Equality||Sharon Lovell||177||0.3||N/A|
|Plaid Cymru||Ian Johnson||2,869||5.6||+0.1|
|Liberal Democrats||David Morgan||1,309||2.6||−12.7|
|Labour||Alana E. Davies||16,034||32.9||−7.8|
|Liberal Democrats||Eluned Parrott||7,403||15.2||+2.0|
|Plaid Cymru||Ian Johnson||2,667||5.5||+0.4|
|Green||Rhodri H. Thomas||457||0.9||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+6.1|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Mark Hooper||6,140||13.0||+0.8|
|Plaid Cymru||Barry Shaw||2,423||5.1||−1.2|
|Socialist Labour||Paul Mules||162||0.3||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Dewi Smith||5,521||12.2||+3.0|
|Plaid Cymru||Chris Franks||2,867||6.3||+3.8|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Suzanne Campbell||4,945||9.2||+0.0|
|Plaid Cymru||Melanie Corp||1,393||2.6||+0.5|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||-9.8|
|Liberal Democrats||David Davies||5,045||9.2||−7.4|
|Plaid Cymru||David Haswell||1,160||2.1||+0.3|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
Elections in the 1980s
|Social and Liberal Democrats||Frank Leavers||2,017||4.2||N/A|
|Plaid Cymru||John Dixon||1,672||3.5||+1.7|
|SDP||David Keith Davies||1,098||2.3||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|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||−12.4|
|Social Democratic||David Davies||8,633||16.7||−7.2|
|Plaid Cymru||Penri Williams||946||1.8||−0.5|
|Social Democratic||William Evans||11,154||23.9||N/A|
|Plaid Cymru||Andrew Dixon||1,068||2.3||N/A|
|Conservative win (new seat)|
- Vale of Glamorgan (Assembly constituency)
- List of Parliamentary constituencies in South Glamorgan
- List of Parliamentary constituencies in Wales
Notes and references
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- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "V"
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- "Unite to Remain agreement". Liberal Democrats. November 7, 2019.
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