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Aberavon (UK Parliament constituency)

Coordinates: 51°36′00″N 3°48′43″W / 51.600°N 3.812°W / 51.600; -3.812

Aberavon (Welsh: Aberafan) is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It returns one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system. It is represented by Stephen Kinnock of the Labour Party.

Aberavon
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Aberavon in Wales.
Preserved county West Glamorgan
Population 66,133 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate 51,233 (December 2010)[2]
Major settlements Port Talbot
Current constituency
Created 1918
Member of parliament Stephen Kinnock (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Swansea District and Mid Glamorganshire
Overlaps
Welsh Assembly Aberavon, South Wales West
European Parliament constituency Wales

Contents

HistoryEdit

The constituency was created for the 1918 general election by a division of the Swansea District. With the exception of the first term, it has always been held by the Labour Party. Ramsay MacDonald, who became Labour's first Prime Minister in 1924, held the seat from 1922 to 1929. Its current MP, Stephen Kinnock, is the son of Neil Kinnock, who was Labour leader and Leader of the Opposition from 1983 to 1992.

It is one of the most consistently safe seats for Labour; since the end of the Second World War, the Labour candidate has always won Aberavon with a majority at least 33%, and with the exception of 2015, the Labour candidate has also always won an overall majority of the vote in the seat. In 2015, Kinnock only won 48.9% of the vote in Aberavon, against a surge in the vote for the UKIP candidate; however, in 2017, Kinnock's voteshare rose by 19.2 percentage points, the biggest increase in the Labour vote in the seat's history, and his majority increased to 50.4%, the highest for an Aberavon MP since 2001. The 2017 result also made Aberavon the safest Labour seat in Wales.

BoundariesEdit

The constituency is in South Wales, situated on the right bank of the River Afan, near its mouth in Swansea Bay. The constituency today includes the wards of Aberavon, Baglan, Briton Ferry East, Briton Ferry West, Bryn and Cwmavon, Coedffranc Central, Coedffranc North, Coedffranc West, Cymmer, Glyncorrwg, Gwynfi, Margam, Port Talbot, Sandfields East, Sandfields West and Tai-bach

1918-1949: The Municipal Borough of Aberavon; the Urban Districts of Briton Ferry, Glencorwg, Margam, and Porthcawl; and part of the Rural Districts of Neath, and Penybont.

1950-1983: The Municipal Borough of Port Talbot; the Urban Districts of Glyncorrwg, and Porthcawl; and part of the Rural District of Penybont.[3]

Members of ParliamentEdit

ElectionsEdit

Elections in the 2010sEdit

General Election 2017: Aberavon [5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Stephen Kinnock 22,662 68.1 +19.2
Conservative Sadie Vidal 5,901 17.7 +5.9
Plaid Cymru Andrew Bennison 2,761 8.3 −3.3
UKIP Caroline Jones 1,345 4.0 −11.7
Liberal Democrats Cen Phillips 599 1.8 −2.6
Majority 16,761 50.4 +17.3
Turnout 33,268 66.7 +3.4
Registered electors 49,892
Labour hold Swing +6.7
General Election 2015: Aberavon[7][8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Stephen Kinnock 15,416 48.9 −3.0
UKIP Peter Bush 4,971 15.8 +14.2
Conservative Edward Yi He 3,742 11.9 −2.4
Plaid Cymru Duncan Higgitt 3,663 11.6 +4.5
Liberal Democrats Helen Ceri-Clarke 1,397 4.4 −11.8
Independent Captain Beany 1,137 3.6 +1.8
Green Jonathan Tier 711 2.3 N/A
Socialist Labour Andrew Jordan 352 1.1 N/A
TUSC Owen Herbert 134 0.4 N/A
Majority 10,445 33.1 −2.6
Turnout 31,523 63.3 +2.3
Registered electors 49,821
Labour hold Swing −8.6
General Election 2010: Aberavon[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Hywel Francis 16,073 51.9 −8.1
Liberal Democrats Keith Davies 5,034 16.3 +2.5
Conservative Caroline Jones 4,411 14.2 +4.1
Plaid Cymru Paul Nicholls-Jones 2,198 7.1 −4.7
BNP Kevin Edwards 1,276 4.1 N/A
Independent Andrew Tutton 919 3.0 N/A
New Millennium Bean Party Captain Beany 558 1.8 N/A
UKIP Joe Callan 489 1.6 N/A
Majority 11,039 35.7 −10.6
Turnout 30,958 61.0 +2.0
Registered electors 50,838
Labour hold Swing −5.3

Elections in the 2000sEdit

General Election 2005: Aberavon[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Hywel Francis 18,077 60.0 −3.1
Liberal Democrats Claire Waller 4,140 13.8 +4.0
Plaid Cymru Philip Evans 3,545 11.8 +2.1
Conservative Annunziata Rees-Mogg 3,064 10.2 +2.6
Veritas Jim Wright 768 2.6 N/A
Green Miranda La Vey 510 1.7 N/A
Majority 13,937 46.3 −7.1
Turnout 30,104 58.9 −1.9
Registered electors 50,685
Labour hold Swing -3.6
General Election 2001: Aberavon[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Hywel Francis 19,063 63.1 −8.2
Plaid Cymru Lisa Turnbull 2,955 9.8 +4.0
Liberal Democrats Christopher Davies 2,933 9.7 -1.6
Conservative Ali Miraj 2,296 7.6 −0.3
Independent Andrew Tutton 1,960 6.5 N/A
New Millennium Bean Captain Beany 727 2.4 +1.4
Socialist Alliance Martin Chapman 256 0.8 N/A
Majority 16,108 53.3 −9.5
Turnout 30,190 61.0 −10.9
Registered electors 49,524
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990sEdit

General Election 1997: Aberavon[14][15][16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Morris 25,650 71.3 +4.2
Liberal Democrat Ronald McConville 4,079 11.3 −1.1
Conservative Peter Harper 2,835 7.9 −5.9
Plaid Cymru Philip Cockwell 2,088 5.8 +1.0
Referendum Peter David 970 2.7 N/A
Independent Captain Beany 341 1.0 −0.8
Majority 21,571 62.8 +9.6
Turnout 35,963 71.9 −5.7
Registered electors 50,031
Labour hold Swing +1.6
General Election 1992: Aberavon[17][18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Morris 26,877 67.1 +0.3
Conservative Hywel Williams 5,567 13.9 −0.5
Liberal Democrat Marilyn Harris 4,999 12.5 −3.6
Plaid Cymru David W.J. Saunders 1,919 4.8 +2.0
Real Bean Captain Beany 707 1.8 N/A
Majority 21,310 53.2 +2.5
Turnout 40,069 77.6 −0.1
Registered electors 51,650
Labour hold Swing +0.4

Elections in the 1980sEdit

General Election 1987: Aberavon[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Morris 27,126 66.8 +8.0
Liberal Marilyn Harris 6,517 16.0 −4.3
Conservative Paul Warwick 5,861 14.4 −1.9
Plaid Cymru Anne Howells 1,124 2.8 −1.8
Majority 20,609 50.7 +12.3
Turnout 40,628 77.7 +2.1
Registered electors 52,280
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Aberavon[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Morris 23,745 58.75 −2.9
Liberal Sheila M. Cutts 8,206 20.30 +11.3
Conservative G.N.A. Bailey 6,605 16.3 −8.4
Plaid Cymru A.G. Phillips 1,859 4.6 +0.8
Majority 15,539 38.45 +1.5
Turnout 40,415 75.62 −3.5
Registered electors 53,443
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970sEdit

General Election 1979: Aberavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Morris 31,665 61.7 −1.1
Conservative F. McCarthy 12,692 24.7 +7.9
Liberal Sheila M. Cutts 4,624 9.0 −2.0
Plaid Cymru Geraint Thomas 1,954 3.8 −4.7
Communist G. Rowden 406 0.8 N/A
Majority 18,973 37.0 −9.1
Turnout 47,179 79.2 +6.1
Registered electors 64,864
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Aberavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Morris 29,683 62.82 -2.4
Conservative N K Hammond 7,931 16.78 -5.8
Liberal Sheila M. Cutts 5,178 10.96 N/A
Plaid Cymru Geraint Thomas 4,032 8.53 -3.6
Workers Revolutionary J. Bevan 427 0.9 N/A
Majority 21,752 46.04 +3.4
Turnout 47,251 73.07 -2.6
Registered electors 64,667
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Aberavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Morris 31,656 65.24 -1.8
Conservative Peter Hubbard-Miles 10,968 22.60 +0.3
Plaid Cymru DG Foster 5,898 12.2 +3.8
Majority 20,688 42.64 -2.1
Turnout 48,522 75.62 +0.84
Registered electors 64,162
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Aberavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Morris 31,314 66.99 −8.45
Conservative Ian Grist 10,419 22.29 +1.35
Plaid Cymru Graham Farmer 3,912 8.37 N/A
Communist Julian Tudor Hart 1,102 2.36 −1.26
Majority 20,895 44.70 −9.81
Turnout 46,747 74.78 −3.49
Registered electors 62,516
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960sEdit

General Election 1966: Aberavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Morris 33,763 75.44 +3.33
Conservative Robert Hicks 9,369 20.94 +0.41
Communist Julian Tudor Hart 1,620 3.62 +0.88
Majority 24,394 54.51 +2.93
Turnout 45,146 78.27 −2.58
Registered electors 57,179
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Aberavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Morris 33,103 72.11 +6.35
Conservative John Stradling Thomas 9,424 20.53 −7.07
Plaid Cymru Glyn John 2,118 4.61 −2.02
Communist Julian Tudor Hart 1,260 2.74 N/A
Majority 23,679 51.58 +13.42
Turnout 45,905 80.85 −1.23
Registered electors 56,777
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950sEdit

General Election 1959: Aberavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Morris 30,397 65.76 −3.78
Conservative Geoffrey Howe 12,759 27.60 −2.86
Plaid Cymru Iixtyd M Lewis 3,066 6.63 N/A
Majority 17,638 38.16 −0.91
Turnout 46,222 82.08 +2.81
Registered electors 56,316
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Aberavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Cove 29,003 69.54 −2.43
Conservative Geoffrey Howe 12,706 30.46 +2.43
Majority 16,297 39.07 −4.87
Turnout 41,709 79.27 −5.36
Registered electors 52,616
Labour hold Swing −2.43
General Election 1951: Aberavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Cove 30,498 71.97 +3.29
Conservative John Loveridge 11,878 28.03 +9.05
Majority 18,620 43.94 −5.76
Turnout 42,376 84.63 −1.21
Registered electors 50,071
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Aberavon[21]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Cove 29,278 68.68 −3.83
National Liberal and Conservative Auberon Herbert 8,091 18.98 −8.51
Liberal Maldwyn Thomas 5,263 12.35 N/A
Majority 21,187 49.70 +4.68
Turnout 42,634 85.84 +6.42
Registered electors 49,667
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1940sEdit

General Election 1945: Aberavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Cove 31,286 72.51 N/A
Conservative David Llewellyn 11,860 27.49 N/A
Majority 19,426 45.02 N/A
Turnout 43,146 79.42 N/A
Registered electors 54,323
Labour hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1930sEdit

General Election 1935: Aberavon[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Cove Unopposed
Registered electors 49,729
Labour hold
General Election 1931: Aberavon[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Cove 23,029 58.4 +2.5
Liberal Edward Curran 16,378 41.6 +8.4
Majority 6,651 16.9 -5.8
Turnout 39,407 84.4 -2.6
Registered electors 46,689
Labour hold Swing -3.0

Elections in the 1920sEdit

General Election 1929: Aberavon [22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Cove 22,194 55.9 +2.8
Liberal William Henry Williams 13,155 33.2 -13.7
Unionist Francis Bertram Reece 4,330 10.9 N/A
Majority 9,039 22.7 +16.5
Turnout 39,679 87.0 -2.6
Registered electors 45,613
Labour hold Swing +8.2
 
Williams
General Election 1924: Aberavon [22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ramsay MacDonald 17,724 53.1 -2.5
Liberal William Henry Williams 15,624 46.9 N/A
Majority 2,100 6.2 -5.0
Turnout 33,348 89.6 +2.4
Registered electors 37,200
Labour hold Swing
 
J.R. MacDonald
General Election 1923: Aberavon [22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ramsay MacDonald 17,439 55.6 +9.0
Unionist Sidney Hutchinson Byass 13,927 44.4 +8.3
Majority 3,512 11.2 +0.7
Turnout 31,366 87.2 +1.4
Registered electors 39,750
Labour hold Swing +0.3
General Election 1922: Aberavon [22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ramsay MacDonald 14,318 46.6 +10.9
Unionist Sidney Hutchinson Byass 11,111 36.1 N/A
National Liberal John Edwards 5,238 17.3 -45.5
Majority 3,207 10.5 -16.5
Turnout 30,667 88.6 +17.2
Registered electors 34,716
Labour gain from Liberal Swing +28.2

Elections in the 1910sEdit

General Election 1918: Aberavon[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
C Liberal Jack Edwards 13,635 62.8 N/A
Labour Robert Williams 7,758 35.7 N/A
NFDDSS T.G. Jones 324 1.5 N/A
Majority 5,877 27.1 N/A
Turnout 21,697 71.4 N/A
Registered electors 30,415
Liberal win (new seat)
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.
  • Jones withdrew in favour of Edwards on 13 Dec 1918

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Beyond 20/20 WDS - Table view". 2011 Electorate Figures. StatsWales. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Craig, F.W.S., ed. (1972). Boundaries of parliamentary constituencies 1985-1972. Chichester, Sussex: Political Reference Publications. ISBN 0-900178-09-4. 
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 1)
  5. ^ Notices Neath Port Talbot Council
  6. ^ "Aberavon Parliamentary constituency". Election 2017 Results. BBC. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Aberavon and Neath Results" (PDF). UK Parliamentary Elections May 2015 results. Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "Aberavon Parliamentary constituency". Election 2015 Results. BBC. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "BBC News | Election 2010 | Constituency | Aberavon". news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 4 November 2015. 
  12. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 25 December 2010. 
  16. ^ C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.120 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
  17. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  18. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  19. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  20. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  21. ^ The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1950. 
  22. ^ a b c d e f g British parliamentary election results, 1918–1949, Fred W. S. Craig

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Bewdley
Constituency represented by the Prime Minister
22 January – 4 November 1924
Succeeded by
Bewdley