1967 Glamorgan County Council election

The 1967 Glamorgan County Council election was held on Thursday 13 April 1967 in the county of Glamorgan, Wales, to elect members to Glamorgan County Council. The previous full council elections were in 1964[1] and the final elections to the council would come in 1970.

Overview of the resultEdit

The Labour Party lost nine seats at this election but retained a strong majority with 50 councillors, as well as the support of 22 Labour aldermen.[1] Plaid Cymru representation returned to the council after their candidates beat Labour in two seats, with the victorious candidate in Ferndale being afterwards carried down the road by supporters.[1] The Liberal Party won two seats, their first on the council. One seat was won by Ratepayers, also their first on the council.[1] The Conservative Party won two seats, as did the Communist Party. In Hengoed, the previously sitting Labour councillor, who had been expelled from the party prior to the election, was returned as an Independent Labour councillor.[1]

Both the Labour and Conservative spokespersons described the swing against Labour as being a result of national issues, with the UK Labour government at that time becoming less popular.[1]

Ward resultsEdit

Contests took place in thirty electoral wards:[2]

AberamanEdit

Aberaman 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Fred Riddiford * 989
Communist D.P. Bletchley 366
Labour hold Swing

AberavonEdit

Aberavon 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Ratepayer William Arthur Jenkins 1,667
Labour Joseph Treharne * 1,633
Ratepayer gain from Labour Swing

BlaengwawrEdit

Blaengwawr 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Communist Trevor Williams * 979
Labour Michael Goldberg 773
Communist hold Swing

BridgendEdit

Bridgend 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alfred John Bowen * 1,715
Conservative John Nigel Baty 1,698
Labour hold Swing

CaerphillyEdit

Caerphilly 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Bertie Alex Rowland * 2,728
Independent Herbert Protheroe 2,484
Labour hold Swing

Castell CochEdit

Castell Coch 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Nelson Stuart East 2,000
Labour Gerald Bailey 1,286
Independent hold Swing

CilfynyddEdit

Cilfynydd 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Edryd Lewis * 1,821
Liberal Mary Gwyneth Murphy 1,544
Labour hold Swing

CoedffrancEdit

Coedffranc 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Martin Thomas 3,381
Labour Thomas Lewis Thomas 2,046
Independent hold Swing

CoityEdit

Coity 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Householders William Vernon Barnett 1,367
Labour Harry Davis 1,314
Independent gain from Labour Swing

CowbridgeEdit

Cowbridge 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Joseph A. David 2,728
Labour Terence Williams 2,138
Independent hold Swing

CwmavonEdit

Cwmavon 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Edward Gwynfryn Davies * 2,290
Ratepayer William Edward Ebley 1,697
Labour hold Swing

FerndaleEdit

Ferndale 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Glyn Powell James 2,325
Labour Dan Walter Jeffreys * 1,694
Plaid Cymru gain from Labour Swing

Councillor James had lost the seat to Labour at the 1964 elections. Following his victory he was carried down the street outside the North Road School polling station by "excited" supporters.[1]

GadlysEdit

Gadlys 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rhys James * 903
Plaid Cymru John Eaton Williams 856
Labour hold Swing

Garw ValleyEdit

Garw Valley 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rhys Edward Sant * 2,118
Ratepayer Derek Dillwyn Stephens 1,743
Labour hold Swing

GowerEdit

Gower 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Brian Ernest Keal 2,399
Labour Frank Lord * 2,102
Liberal gain from Labour Swing

Councillor Keal became the first Liberal councillor in the area since World War II.[1]

HengoedEdit

Hengoed 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent Labour David Samuel Blatchford * 2,925
Labour Hopkin Lewis 1,692
Independent Labour gain from Labour Swing

Councillor Blatchford had represented the seat for 7 years for the Labour Party, but was expelled for opposing the official candidate, so stood and won as an Independent.[1]

HopkinstownEdit

Hopkinstown 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Davies * 1,350
Plaid Cymru Brian John 708
Labour hold Swing

LalestonEdit

Laleston 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative William Evan Board 882
Labour Glyndwr Evans 809
Independent Trevor David 539
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

LlwydcoedEdit

Llwydcoed 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mervyn Prowle * 1,243
Communist Stanley Rees 336
Labour hold Swing

MaestegEdit

Maesteg 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal (Mrs) Jennie Thomas Gibbs 2,472
Labour Robert John Williams 2,247
Liberal gain from Labour Swing

Gibbs had missed winning the seat, by only 3 votes, in the 1964 election.[1]

Mountain Ash (Penrhiwceiber ward)Edit

Mountain Ash (Penrhiwceiber ward) 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Eleanor Mary Bath 2,005
Independent Graham F. Davies * 1,188
Labour gain from Independent Swing

Neath NorthEdit

Neath North 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent John Leitz 1,561
Labour William Powell * 1,432
Independent gain from Labour Swing

Ogmore ValleyEdit

Ogmore Valley 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Edward John Merriman 1,906
Labour Ivor Owen Thomas * 1,870
Plaid Cymru gain from Labour Swing

PontypriddEdit

Pontypridd 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Norman Alfred Stevens * 1,515
Liberal Derek Gwyn Lewis 1,125
Labour hold Swing

PorthcawlEdit

Porthcawl 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Peter Charles Hubbard-Miles 1,701
Labour George McBride 1,289
Independent Llewellyn Rees Lewis 671
Conservative gain from Independent Swing

Port Talbot EastEdit

Port Talbot East 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Llewellyn Heycock 2,906
Ratepayer John Allen 1,667
Labour hold Swing

Port Talbot WestEdit

Port Talbot West 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Albert Morgan * 1,623
Ratepayer Douglas Albert Weaver Charles 1,309
Labour hold Swing

PyleEdit

Pyle 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mostyn Jones * 2,158
Independent Christopher Johnson 1,803
Labour hold Swing

Sandfields (Port Talbot)Edit

Sandfields (Port Talbot) 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Cyril Lewis * 2,458
Ratepayer Barrie Morgan Larkworthy 1,535
Labour hold Swing

Ystrad (Rhondda)Edit

Ystrad (Rhondda) 1967
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour David John Davies * 1,122
Communist George Baker 828
Labour hold Swing

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Big shocks for Labour in Glamorgan elections". South Wales Echo. 14 April 1967. p. 11.
  2. ^ "Big shocks for Labour in Glamorgan elections - How They Voted". South Wales Echo. 14 April 1967. p. 11.