1907 Glamorgan County Council election

The 1907 Glamorgan County Council election was the seventh contest for seats on this local authority in south Wales. It was preceded by the 1904 election and followed by the 1910 election.

Overview of the resultEdit

As in most parts of Wales, the Liberal Party again won a majority of the seats. The Conservatives made a slight advance, notably in the western part of the county where they also held on in a number of industrial wards where the influence of paternalism remained strong. A more striking factor was the advance of Labour candidates in several areas and there were also Liberal members who were returned under a 'progressive' banner with support from the labour movement.

Boundary changesEdit

There were no boundary changes at this election.

Retiring aldermenEdit

All eleven retiring aldermen were Liberals, or Lib-Lab members as the Conservatives and their allies had been denied any seats on the aldermanic bench since the 1901 election.

Contested electionsEdit

There were fewer contested elections than three years before.

Aberdare, Mountain Ash and Merthyr districtsEdit

There were only two contested elections in the Aberdare district, and both were more personal than political. It was noted that the labour movement did not show the same interest in county elections than in those for the district council.[1]

Bridgend and Maesteg districtsEdit

There were only two contested elections in this area and in one of those, a candidate had withdrawn too late in the day and polled very few votes. The contest in Maesteg was a particularly lively one and was influenced by the political struggles in Mid Glamorgan where Vernon Hartshorn was an increasingly influential figure. Hartshorn instigated the candidacy of the local federation solicitor who defeated a candidate closely allied to the coalowners.

Swansea, Pontardawe and Port Talbot districtsEdit

In these areas the Conservatives performed well, mainly at the expense of the Liberals and also holding off Labour challenges in Pontardawe and Loughor. Labour took Cwmavon from the Liberals by a substantial majority.

ResultsEdit

AberamanEdit

Aberaman 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Thomas Luther Davies* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

AberavonEdit

J.M. Smith held on to the seat he had held since 1889 by a far more comfortable majority than three years previously. His opponent, a Liberal in 1904, now stood as a Labour candidate. The result was greeted by what was said to be the liveliest crowd seen in Aberavon for many years.[2]

Aberavon 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent John Morgan Smith* 710
Labour Frank B. Smith 450
Majority 260
Independent hold Swing

Aberdare TownEdit

David Hughes, first elected in 1901 when he ousted David Price Davies, and re-elected in 1904 at a by-election following John William Evans's re-election as alderman, was again returned.[3]

Aberdare Town 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal David Hughes* 677
Liberal Edward Morgan 632
Majority 45
Liberal hold Swing

BarryEdit

J.C. Meggitt stood down after fifteen years.

Barry 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rev D.H. Williams 899
Conservative F.P. Jones-Lloyd 629
Majority 270
Liberal hold Swing

BlaengwawrEdit

John Howell, first elected in 1895, was returned unopposed after G.A.Treharne withdrew.

Blaengwawr 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Howell* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

CadoxtonEdit

This was a contest in which the controversy over the education rate featured and the sitting member, a Roman Catholic, was defeated by the clerk of the former School Board.

Cadoxton 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Gwyn Morris 729
Liberal P.J. O' Donnell* 492
Majority 237
Liberal hold Swing

BridgendEdit

Randall was returned unopposed.[4]

Bridgend 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Morgan Randall* 558
Conservative hold Swing

Briton FerryEdit

Jenkin Hill recaptured the seat he lost three years previously.

Briton Ferry 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Jenkin Hill* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

CaeharrisEdit

Caeharris 1898
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Edward Pritchard Martin unopposed

CaerphillyEdit

Caerphilly 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Edward Evans 1,391
Conservative H.E. Morgan Lindsay 982
Majority 409
Liberal hold Swing

CilfynyddEdit

Cilfynydd 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal W.R. Davies* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

CoedffrancEdit

Coedffranc 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William Howell unopposed
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

CoityEdit

On completion of his aldermanic term, William Howell was again returned.[4]
Coity 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William Howell* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

CowbridgeEdit

The sitting member, a timber merchant at Pendoylan, who had captured the seat three years previously, was now returned unopposed.[4]

Cowbridge 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Thomas William David* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

CwmavonEdit

Cwmavon 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Henry Davies 652
Liberal Griffith C. Jenkins 275
Majority 377
Labour gain from Liberal Swing

CyfarthfaEdit

Cyfarthfa 1898
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Lib-Lab Thomas Thomas* 515
Liberal Thomas Davies 266
Majority
Lib-Lab gain from Liberal Swing

CymmerEdit

Cymmer 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Morgan Williams* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Dinas PowysEdit

Dinas Powys
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Oliver Henry Jones* unopposed
Conservative hold Swing

DowlaisEdit

Dowlais 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Lib-Lab John Davies* 410
Liberal D. Jenkins 397
Majority 13
Conservative hold Swing

Dulais ValleyEdit

Dulais Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Evan Evans Bevan* unopposed
Conservative hold Swing

FerndaleEdit

Ferndale 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Thomas Samuel* 1,224
Conservative E. Nelmes 546
Majority 678
Liberal hold Swing

GadlysEdit

Griffith George was opposed by Charles Vicary who described himself as a 'progressive' and a trade union candidate. Vicary claimed that there were no differences between him and George on a number of issues and denied George's claims that the contest was a sectarian one owing to Vicary being a churchman.[5] George, first elected in 1904, held the seat by a far more comfortable majority than at his initial election.[3]

Gadlys 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Griffith George 663
Progressive Charles R. Vicary 389
Majority 274
Liberal hold Swing

Garw ValleyEdit

Garw Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Thomas* unopposed

GellifaelogEdit

Gellifaelog
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Evan Lewis* unopposed

GelligaerEdit

Gelligaer 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Evan Thomas 739
Conservative D.S. Jones* 494
Majority 245
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

GowerEdit

Gower 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
George E. Gordon* unopposed

KibborEdit

Kibbor 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Henry Lewis* 757
Liberal Eli Rees 517
Majority 240
Conservative hold Swing

LlandaffEdit

Llandaff
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Forrest* unopposed

Llandeilo TalybontEdit

Llandeilo Talybont 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Samuel Williams 581
Labour David Evans 324
Majority 257
Liberal hold Swing

LlansamletEdit

Llansamlet 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Jordan* unopposed

LlantrisantEdit

Blandy Jenkins was again returned unopposed.[4]

Llantrisant 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal J. Blandy Jenkins* unopposed

LlwydcoedEdit

Rees Llewellyn was again returned unopposed.

Llwydcoed 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rees Llewellyn* unopposed

Llwynypia and ClydachEdit

James Evans, grocer, elected following Richard Lewis's election as alderman in 1901, was returned unopposed.

Llwynypia and Clydach 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal James Evans* unopposed

Loughor and PenderryEdit

Llewelyn, sitting member and a member of the authority since its formation, was opposed by W. E. Morgan, miners' agent in the Western District of the South Wales Miners' Federation and a well known labour leader. Llewelyn, in view of his status as a landowner and employer, attracted widespread support and favourable reports of his public meetings appeared in the Cambrian newspaper.[6] At the election, Llewelyn was said to have majority support in Gorseinon and Gowerton, although Tirdeunaw was said to favour Llewelyn. After his defeat, Morgan stated that as a working man he had only been campaigning for a week.[2]

Loughor and Penderry 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J. T. D. Llewellyn* 687
Labour W. E. Morgan 457
Majority 230
Conservative hold Swing

MaestegEdit

This was a fierce contest between Evan Davies, solicitor to the local miners' union and described by opponents as the Federation candidate and J.P. Gibbon, chairman of Maesteg Urban District Council and a local mineral agent. Davies responded to attacks by describing Gibbon as the candidate of North's Navigation collieries who had not been adopted by any public meeting or organisation[7] Vernon Hartshorn played a prominent role in Davies's campaign and even brought Adela Pankhurst to address his final meeting, something which was not welcomed universally.[8]

Maesteg 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Evan Davies 1,444
J.P. Gibbon 1,207

MargamEdit

The Liberal candidate, who captured the seat three years previously, narrowly held on. The Conservatives had been confident of victory and the result was said to have been witnessed by one of the largest crowds seen in Port Talbot for many years.[2]

Margam 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Edward T. Evans* 892
Independent Gordon Lipscombe 867
Majority 25
Liberal hold Swing

Merthyr TownEdit

Merthyr Town 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal D.D. Jones 663
Conservative Dan Thomas 297
Majority 366
Liberal hold Swing

Merthyr ValeEdit

Merthyr Vale 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal David Prosser* 880
Liberal Rowland Evans 729
Majority 151
Liberal hold Swing

MorristonEdit

Morriston 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
William John Percy Player unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Mountain AshEdit

Mountain Ash
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Thomas Morris 549
Liberal Samuel Evans 459
Liberal John Lewis 316
Majority 90
Liberal hold Swing

Neath (North)Edit

Neath (North)1898
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Hopkin Morgan unopposed
Unionist hold Swing

Neath (South)Edit

At the previous election, Trick had stood as a Conservative.

Neath (South) 1898
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent W.B. Trick unopposed
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing

NewcastleEdit

John Thomas switched to Newcastle.

Newcastle 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Thomas** unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

OgmoreEdit

The sitting member, a timber merchant of Porthcawl, was returned unopposed after the former member, J.D. Nicholl of Merthyr Mawr, declined to oppose him.[4]

Ogmore 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal George Sibbering Jones* 521
Liberal hold Swing

Ogmore ValleyEdit

David John Thomas, surgeon of Nantymoel, was returned unopposed.[4] A mass meeting of workmen at Nantymoel had decided not to field a labour candidate and to concentrate on the district elections.[9]

Ogmore Valley 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal David John Thomas* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

OystermouthEdit

Oystermouth 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
T.W. James unopposed
[[|N/A]] hold Swing

Penarth NorthEdit

Penarth North 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rev E.S. Roberts 387
Liberal Jenkin Llewellyn 385
Majority 2
Conservative hold Swing

Penarth SouthEdit

Penarth South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Frederick Henry Jotham unopposed

PenrhiwceiberEdit

Penrhiwceiber
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Dr. R. W. Jones unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

PentreEdit

E.T. Davies, auctioneer, had been elected at a by-election following Elias Henry Davies's appointment as alderman in 1902. He was now returned unopposed.

Pentre 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal E.T. Davies unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

PenydarrenEdit

Penydarren
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal David Davies* 516
Conservative T.E. Morgan 270
Majority 146

PontardaweEdit

Having defeated the Liberal candidate by won vote only in 1904, the sitting member, Frank Gilbertson was now opposed by a Labour candidate, Johnny James, check weigher at Cwmgors Colliery. James fared less well than his predecessor, however, in seeking to oust Gilbertson.

Pontardawe 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frank W. Gilbertson* 922
Labour Johnny James 710
Majority 212
Conservative hold Swing

PlymouthEdit

Plymouth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Henry W. Lewis* 603
Conservative A. Daniel 440

PontlottynEdit

Pontlottyn 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal D.B. Owen 572
Liberal John Griffiths 372
Majority 200
Liberal hold Swing

PontypriddEdit

The seat was now known as Pontypridd and Rhondda

Pontypridd 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fleming 602
Liberal James Roberts* 398
Conservative H.M. Gregory 383
Majority 204
Labour gain from Liberal Swing

PenygraigEdit

The sitting member was defeated.[10]

Penygraig 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Dr Llewellyn 519
Liberal Rees Lloyd* 340
Independent gain from Liberal Swing

PorthEdit

Porth and Penygraig 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Lib-Lab D. Watts Morgan 967
Liberal W.T. Davies 862
Majority 105
Liberal hold Swing

ResolvenEdit

Resolven 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Daniel Evans** unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

SkettyEdit

John Davies had been defeated in the two previous elections but was now returned unopposed.

Sketty 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rev John Davies unopposed
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

Swansea ValleyEdit

Swansea Valley 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal E. Lewis* 825
Liberal Dr J. Jones 364
Majority 461
Liberal hold Swing

TreforestEdit

James Roberts had won the seat at a by-election following the death of the previous member, David Leyshon

Treforest 1898
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Samuel Evans 671
Liberal James Roberts* 614
Majority 57

TreherbertEdit

Enoch Davies, returned in 1901 following William Morgan's re-election as alderman, was elected unopposed.

Treherbert 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Enoch Davies* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

TreorchyEdit

Thomas Jones, Co-operative stores manager, was returned unopposed.

Treorchy 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Thomas Jones* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Trealaw and TonypandyEdit

D.W. Davies, the member since 1898, was again returned.[10]

Tonypandy 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal D.W. Davies* 738
Conservative William Morgan 523
William Richards 28
Liberal hold Swing

Tylorstown and YnyshirEdit

Sitting councillor Dr T.H. Morris stood down to allow Alderman W.H. Mathias to be returned unopposed.

Tylorstown and Ynyshir 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal W.H. Mathias** unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

YstalyferaEdit

Ystalyfera 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Griffiths 453
Liberal James Williams* 380
Majority 73
Labour gain from Liberal Swing

YstradEdit

Clifford Cory, the member since 1892, was once again returned unopposed.

Ystrad 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Clifford John Cory* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Election of aldermenEdit

In addition to the 66 councillors the council consisted of 22 county aldermen. Aldermen were elected by the council, and served a six-year term. Following the 1907 election, there were twelve Aldermanic vacancies.

The following aldermen were appointed by the newly elected council.

elected for six years

  • W.R. Davies, Liberal (elected councillor at Cilfynydd)
  • J.E. Evans
  • Jenkin Hill, Liberal, retiring alderman (elected councillor at Briton Ferry)
  • John Thomas, Liberal-Labour, retiring alderman, (elected councillor at Newcastle)
  • E.H. Davies
  • Richard Lewis, Liberal, retiring alderman (elected councillor at Llwynypia and Clydach)
  • William Morgan, Liberal, retiring alderman (elected councillor at Treherbert)
  • Morgan Williams, Liberal, retiring alderman Ynyshir
  • John Davies
  • John Morgan
  • Thomas Jones, Liberal, Swansea Valley
  • Rees Llewellyn

elected for three years

ResultsEdit

AberamanEdit

Aberaman 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Thomas Luther Davies* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

AberavonEdit

J.M. Smith held on to the seat he had held since 1889 by a far more comfortable majority than three years previously. His opponent, a Liberal in 1904, now stood as a Labour candidate. The result was greeted by what was said to be the liveliest crowd seen in Aberavon for many years.[2]

Aberavon 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent John Morgan Smith* 710
Labour Frank B. Smith 450
Majority 260
Independent hold Swing

Aberdare TownEdit

David Hughes, first elected in 1901 when he ousted David Price Davies, and re-elected in 1904 at a by-election following John William Evans's re-election as alderman, was again returned.[3]

Aberdare Town 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal David Hughes* 677
Liberal Edward Morgan 632
Majority 45
Liberal hold Swing

BarryEdit

J.C. Meggitt stood down after fifteen years.

Barry 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rev D.H. Williams 899
Conservative F.P. Jones-Lloyd 629
Majority 270
Liberal hold Swing

BlaengwawrEdit

John Howell, first elected in 1895, was returned unopposed after G.A.Treharne withdrew.

Blaengwawr 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Howell* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

CadoxtonEdit

This was a contest in which the controversy over the education rate featured and the sitting member, a Roman Catholic, was defeated by the clerk of the former School Board.

Cadoxton 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Gwyn Morris 729
Liberal P.J. O' Donnell* 492
Majority 237
Liberal hold Swing

BridgendEdit

Randall was returned unopposed (check political affiliation).[4]

Bridgend 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Morgan Randall* 558
Conservative hold Swing

Briton FerryEdit

Jenkin Hill recaptured the seat he lost three years previously.

Briton Ferry 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Jenkin Hill* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

CaeharrisEdit

Caeharris 1898
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Unionist Edward Pritchard Martin unopposed

CaerphillyEdit

Caerphilly 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Edward Evans 1,391
Conservative H,B.M. Lindsay 982
Majority 409
Liberal hold Swing

CilfynyddEdit

Cilfynydd 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal W.R. Davies* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

CoedffrancEdit

Coedffranc 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William Howell unopposed
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

CoityEdit

On completion of his aldermanic term, William Howell was again returned.[4]
Coity 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal William Howell* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

CowbridgeEdit

The sitting member, a timber merchant at Pendoylan, who had captured the seat three years previously, was now returned unopposed.[4]

Cowbridge 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Thomas William David* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

CwmavonEdit

Cwmavon 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Henry Davies 652
Liberal Griffith C. Jenkins 275
Majority 377
Labour gain from Liberal Swing

CyfarthfaEdit

Cyfarthfa 1898
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Lib-Lab Thomas Thomas* 515
Liberal Thomas Davies 266
Majority
Lib-Lab gain from Liberal Swing

CymmerEdit

Cymmer 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Morgan Williams* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Dinas PowysEdit

Dinas Powys
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Oliver Henry Jones* unopposed
Conservative hold Swing

DowlaisEdit

Dowlais 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative J. Davies* 410
Liberal D. Jenkins 397
Majority 13
Conservative hold Swing

Dulais ValleyEdit

Dulais Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Evan Evans Bevan* unopposed
Conservative hold Swing

FerndaleEdit

Ferndale 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Thomas Samuel* 1,224
Conservative E. Nelmes 546
Majority 678
Liberal hold Swing

GadlysEdit

Griffith George was opposed by Charles Vicary who described himself as a 'progressive' and a trade union candidate. Vicary claimed that there were no differences between him and George on a number of issues and denied George's claims that the contest was a sectarian one owing to Vicary being a churchman.[5] George, first elected in 1904, held the seat by a far more comfortable majority than at his initial election.[3]

Gadlys 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Griffith George 663
Progressive Charles R. Vicary 389
Majority 274
Liberal hold Swing

Garw ValleyEdit

Garw Valley
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal John Thomas* unopposed

GellifaelogEdit

Gellifaelog
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Evan Lewis* unopposed

GelligaerEdit

Gelligaer 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Evan Thomas 739
Conservative D.S. Jones* 494
Majority 245
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

GowerEdit

Gower 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
George E. Gordon* unopposed

KibborEdit

Kibbor 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Henry Lewis* 757
Liberal Eli Rees 517
Majority 240
Conservative hold Swing

LlandaffEdit

Llandaff
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Forrest* unopposed

Llandeilo TalybontEdit

Llandeilo Talybont 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Samuel Williams 581
Labour David Evans 324
Majority 257
Liberal hold Swing

LlansamletEdit

Llansamlet 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative John Jordan* unopposed

LlantrisantEdit

Blandy Jenkins was again returned unopposed.[4]

Llantrisant 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal J. Blandy Jenkins* unopposed

LlwydcoedEdit

Rees Llewellyn was again returned unopposed.

Llwydcoed 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rees Llewellyn* unopposed

Llwynypia and ClydachEdit

James Evans, grocer, elected following Richard Lewis's election as alderman in 1901, was returned unopposed.

Llwynypia and Clydach 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal James Evans* unopposed

Loughor and PenderryEdit

Llewelyn, sitting member and a member of the authority since its formation, was opposed by W.E. Morgan, miners' agent in the Western District of the South Wales Miners' Federation and a well known labour leader. Llewelyn, in view of his status as a landowner and employer, attracted widespread support and favourable reports of his public meetings appeared in the Cambrian newspaper.[6] At the election, Llewelyn was said to have majority support in Gorseinon and Gowerton, although Tirdeunaw was said to favour Llewelyn. After his defeat, Morgan stated that as a working man he had only been campaigning for a week.[2]

Loughor and Penderry 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Sir J.T.D. Llewellyn* 687
Labour W.E. Morgan 457
Majority 230
Conservative hold Swing

MaestegEdit

This was a fierce contest between Evan Davies, solicitor to the local miners' union and described by opponents as the Federation candidate and J.P. Gibbon, chairman of Maesteg Urban District Council and a local mineral agent. Davies responded to attacks by describing Gibbon as the candidate of North's Navigation collieries who had not been adopted by any public meeting or organisation[7] Vernon Hartshorn played a prominent role in Davies's campaign and even brought Adela Pankhurst to address his final meeting, something which was not welcomed universally.[8]

Maesteg 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Evan E. Davies 1,444
J.P. Gibbon 1,207

MargamEdit

The Liberal candidate, who captured the seat three years previously, narrowly held on. The Conservatives had been confident of victory and the result was said to have been witnessed by one of the largest crowds seen in Port Talbot for many years.[2]

Margam 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Edward T. Evans* 892
Independent Gordon Lipscombe 867
Majority 25
Liberal hold Swing

Merthyr TownEdit

Merthyr Town 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal D.D. Jones 663
Conservative Dan Thomas 297
Majority 366
Liberal hold Swing

Merthyr ValeEdit

Merthyr Vale 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal David Prosser* 880
Liberal Rowland Evans 729
Majority 151
Liberal hold Swing

MorristonEdit

Morriston 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
William John Percy Player unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Mountain AshEdit

Mountain Ash
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Thomas Morris 549
Liberal Samuel Evans 459
Liberal John Lewis 316
Majority 90
Liberal hold Swing

Neath (North)Edit

Neath (North)1898
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Hopkin Morgan unopposed
Unionist hold Swing

Neath (South)Edit

At the previous election, Trick had stood as a Conservative.

Neath (South) 1898
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent W.B. Trick unopposed
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing

Newcastle by-electionEdit

The Conservative won a surprising victory in an election largely fought on the issue of education.[11]

Newcastle by-election 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative E.F. Lynch-Blosse 657
Liberal John Matthews 559
Conservative gain from Liberal Swing

OgmoreEdit

The sitting member, a timber merchant of Porthcawl, was returned unopposed after the former member, J.D. Nicholl of Merthyr Mawr, declined to oppose him.[4]

Ogmore 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal George Sibbering Jones* 521
Liberal hold Swing

Ogmore ValleyEdit

David John Thomas, surgeon of Nantymoel, was returned unopposed.[4] A mass meeting of workmen at Nantymoel had decided not to field a labour candidate and to concentrate on the district elections.[9]

Ogmore Valley 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal David John Thomas* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

OystermouthEdit

Oystermouth 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
T.W. James unopposed
[[|N/A]] hold Swing

Penarth NorthEdit

Penarth North 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rev E.S. Roberts 387
Liberal Jenkin Llewellyn 385
Majority 2
Conservative hold Swing

Penarth SouthEdit

Penarth South
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Frederick Henry Jotham unopposed

PenrhiwceiberEdit

Penrhiwceiber
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Dr. R. W. Jones unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

PentreEdit

E.T. Davies, auctioneer, had been elected at a by-election following Elias Henry Davies's appointment as alderman in 1902. He was now returned unopposed.

Pentre 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal E.T. Davies unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

PenydarrenEdit

Penydarren
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal David Davies* 516
Conservative T.E. Morgan 270
Majority 146

PontardaweEdit

Having defeated the Liberal candidate by won vote only in 1904, the sitting member, Frank Gilbertson was now opposed by a Labour candidate, Johnny James, check weigher at Cwmgors Colliery. James fared less well than his predecessor, however, in seeking to oust Gilbertson.

Pontardawe 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Frank W. Gilbertson* 922
Labour Johnny James 710
Majority 212
Conservative hold Swing

PlymouthEdit

Plymouth
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Henry W. Lewis* 603
Conservative A. Daniel 440

PontlottynEdit

Pontlottyn 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal D.B. Owen 572
Liberal John Griffiths 372
Majority 200
Liberal hold Swing

PontypriddEdit

The seat was now known as Pontypridd and Rhondda

Pontypridd 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fleming 602
Liberal James Roberts* 398
Conservative H.M. Gregory 383
Majority 204
Labour gain from Liberal Swing

PenygraigEdit

Penygraig appears to be a new ward.

Penygraig 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rees Lloyd unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

PorthEdit

Porth and Penygraig 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Lib-Lab D. Watts Morgan 967
Liberal W.T. Davies 862
Majority 105
Liberal hold Swing

ResolvenEdit

Resolven 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Daniel Evans** unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

SkettyEdit

John Davies had been defeated in the two previous elections but was now returned unopposed.

Sketty 1901
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rev John Davies unopposed
Liberal gain from Conservative Swing

Swansea ValleyEdit

Swansea Valley 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal E. Lewis* 825
Liberal Dr J. Jones 364
Majority 461
Liberal hold Swing

TreforestEdit

James Roberts had won the seat at a by-election following the death of the previous member, David Leyshon

Treforest 1898
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Samuel Evans 671
Liberal James Roberts* 614
Majority 57

Treherbert by-electionEdit

Enoch Davies, originally returned in 1901 following William Morgan's re-election as alderman, was re-elected after a close fight with another Liberal.[12]

Treherbert by-election 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Enoch Davies* 787
Liberal Evan Watkins 611
Liberal hold Swing

TreorchyEdit

Thomas Jones, Co-operative stores manager, was returned unopposed.

Treorchy 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Thomas Jones* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Trealaw and TonypandyEdit

D.W. Davies, the member since 1898, was returned unopposed for the second successive election.

Tonypandy 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal D.W. Davies* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

Tylorstown and YnyshirEdit

Sitting councillor Dr T.H. Morris stood down to allow Alderman W.H. Mathias to be returned unopposed.

Tylorstown and Ynyshir 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal W.H. Mathias** unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

YstalyferaEdit

Ystalyfera 1907
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Griffiths 453
Liberal James Williams* 380
Majority 73
Labour gain from Liberal Swing

YstradEdit

Clifford Cory, the member since 1892, was once again returned unopposed.

Ystrad 1904
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Clifford John Cory* unopposed
Liberal hold Swing

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Forthcoming Elections". Aberdare Leader. 23 February 1907. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "County Council Elections. Conservative Gains". Cambrian. 15 March 1907. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d "County Council Election. Declaration of the Poll at Aberdare". Aberdare Leader. 16 March 1907. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "County Council Elections. Nominations". Glamorgan Gazette. 1 March 1907. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  5. ^ a b "County Council Election. Mr Vicary's Candidature". Aberdare Leader. 9 March 1907. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Sir John Llewelyn at Gorseinion". Cambrian. 8 March 1907. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Mr Davies's Candidature. Attack on Mr Gibbon". Glamorgan Gazette. 8 March 1907. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Miss Pankhurst at Maesteg". Glamorgan Gazette. 15 March 1907. Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  9. ^ a b "Nantymoel". Glamorgan Gazette. 1 March 1907. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  10. ^ a b "County Council Election. Local Results". Rhondda Leader. 16 March 1907. Retrieved 15 June 2014.
  11. ^ "Glamorgan Bye-Election. Mr Lynch-Blosse Elected for the Newcastle Division". Glamorgan Gazette. 19 April 1907. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  12. ^ "County Council Election. Treherbert Division". Rhondda Leader. 6 April 1907. Retrieved 16 June 2014.

BibliographyEdit

  • Williams, Chris (1996). Democratic Rhondda: Politics and society 1885-1951. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.