Brecon and Radnorshire (UK Parliament constituency)
|Brecon and Radnorshire|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Brecon and Radnorshire in Wales.
|Population||69,197 (2011 census)|
|Electorate||53,032 (April 2019)|
|Major settlements||Brecon, Crickhowell, Ystradgynlais, Knighton, Llandrindod Wells|
|Member of Parliament||Jane Dodds (Liberal Democrats)|
|Number of members||One|
|Welsh Assembly||Mid and West Wales|
|European Parliament constituency||Wales|
Brecon and Radnorshire (Welsh: Brycheiniog a Sir Faesyfed) is a county constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Created in 1918, it elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first-past-the-post system of election; until 1997 its name was Brecon and Radnor.
The Brecon and Radnorshire Welsh Assembly constituency was created with the same boundaries in 1999.
The boundaries of the constituency correspond broadly with the ancient counties of Brecknockshire and Radnorshire. Radnorshire is included in full, and the only significantly populated area from Brecknockshire not in this constituency is Brynmawr, which is in Blaenau Gwent. This is the largest constituency in England and Wales by area. No town in the constituency exceeds a population of 10,000, the largest being Ystradgynlais at roughly 9,000. Other towns in the constituency are Brecon, Knighton, Crickhowell and Llandrindod Wells. The remainder of the constituency is largely made up of small villages and land used for farming sheep: sheep outnumber humans in Powys as a whole by around ten to one.
Under constituency changes announced in September 2016 ahead of the next general election it is proposed to merge this seat with the southern half of Montgomeryshire including Newtown to form a new seat called Brecon, Radnor and Montgomery.
The constituency was created in the boundary changes of 1918 by merging Breconshire and Radnorshire, both previously constituencies in their own right. While once a Labour stronghold, the constituency was captured from the Conservative government by the SDP-Liberal Alliance at a dramatic by-election in 1985. It was regained by the Conservatives in 1992, taken back by the Liberal Democrat from 1997–2015, and then went back to the Conservatives in 2015 and 2017. It was the Conservative Party's fifteenth target seat at the 2005 election, but their share of the vote fell, leaving it as the Conservatives' 95th target seat in 2010, requiring a swing of 5.09%. In the event, the swing to the Conservatives was 0.3%, and the Liberal Democrats retained the seat, with Roger Williams remaining the MP. In 2015 the seat was reclaimed for the Conservatives by Chris Davies whose majority of 5102 was the largest in the constituency since Tom Hooson won the seat, also for the Conservatives, in 1983. Roger Williams stood for the Liberal Democrats in 2015 but shed over 6500 votes from his 2010 result, a loss of 17.8%.
In 2019, Davies pleaded guilty to filing false expenses claims, triggering a recall petition, the third such petition in the UK. The petition was successful, forcing Davies to vacate the seat. A by-election was held on 1 August, which was won by Liberal Democrat candidate Jane Dodds.
Members of ParliamentEdit
Elections in the 2010sEdit
Following the successful recall petition of Christopher Davies, a by-election was held on 1 August 2019.
|Liberal Democrat||Jane Dodds||13,826||43.5||+14.4|
|Brexit Party||Des Parkinson||3,331||10.5||n/a|
|Monster Raving Loony||Lady Lily the Pink||334||1.0||n/a|
|Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative||Swing||+12.0|
|Liberal Democrat||James Gibson-Watt||12,043||29.1||+0.8|
|Plaid Cymru||Kate Heneghan||1,299||3.1||−1.3|
|Liberal Democrat||Roger Williams||11,351||28.3||−17.8|
|Plaid Cymru||Freddy Greaves||1,767||4.4||+1.9|
|Conservative gain from Liberal Democrat||Swing||+11.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Roger Williams||17,929||46.2||+1.3|
|Plaid Cymru||Janet Davies||989||2.5||−1.1|
|Monster Raving Loony||Chris "Lord Offa of the Dyke" Rogers||210||0.5||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||−0.3|
Elections in the 2000sEdit
|Liberal Democrat||Roger Williams||17,182||44.8||+8.0|
|Conservative||Andrew R. T. Davies||13,277||34.6||−0.2|
|Plaid Cymru||Mabon ap Gwynfor||1,404||3.7||+0.2|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||+4.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Roger Williams||13,824||36.8||−4.0|
|Plaid Cymru||Brynach Parri||1,301||3.5||+2.0|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing||−5.0|
Elections in the 1990sEdit
|Liberal Democrat||Richard Livsey||17,516||40.8||+5.0|
|Plaid Cymru||Steven Cornelius||622||1.5||+0.6|
|Liberal Democrat gain from Conservative||Swing||+6.1|
|Liberal Democrat||Richard Livsey||15,847||35.8||+1.0|
|Plaid Cymru||Sian Meredudd||418||0.9||−0.3|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+0.2|
Elections in the 1980sEdit
|Plaid Cymru||John Davies||535||1.28||-0.4|
|Plaid Cymru||Janet Davies||435||1.1||−0.6|
|Monster Raving Loony||Screaming Lord Sutch||202||0.5||N/A|
|One Nation Conservative||Roger Everest||154||0.4||N/A|
|Independent||Andre C.L. Genillard||43||0.1||N/A|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+16.0|
|Plaid Cymru||Sian Meredudd||640||1.69||-0.46|
Elections in the 1970sEdit
|Plaid Cymru||Janet Power||1,031||2.15||-3.05|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+6.56|
|Conservative||Lloyd Havard Davies||15,610||35.31||-0.09|
|Liberal||Noel Kennedy Thomas||7,682||17.37||-2.09|
|Plaid Cymru||Dafydd Noel Gittins||2,300||5.20||+0.53|
|Conservative||Lloyd Havard Davies||15,903||35.40||+3.20|
|Liberal||Noel Kennedy Thomas||8,741||19.46||+0.53|
|Plaid Cymru||Dafydd Noel Gittins||2,099||4.67||-0.77|
|Conservative||Gareth John Jarvis Neale||13,892||32.20||-4.26|
|Plaid Cymru||William George Jenkins||2,349||5.44||-0.61|
Elections in the 1960sEdit
|Conservative||Frank T Stevens||14,523||36.46||-0.6|
|Plaid Cymru||Trefor Richard Morgan||2,410||6.05||+0.9|
|Conservative||Frank T Stevens||15,415||37.10||-5.6|
|Plaid Cymru||Trefor Richard Morgan||2,165||5.21||N/A|
Elections in the 1950sEdit
|Conservative||John H Davies||18,939||42.7||+6.3|
|Conservative||Henry Graham Partridge||16,412||36.38||-11.4|
|Liberal||Rolle Malcolm Ritson Paton||3,903||8.46||-11.3|
Elections in the 1940sEdit
General Election 1939/40:
Another general election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place from 1939 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected;
- Labour: William Jackson
Elections in the 1930sEdit
|Conservative||Richard Hanning Philipps||18,043||46.6||N/A|
|Labour gain from National||Swing|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
Elections in the 1920sEdit
|Labour gain from Unionist||Swing||+4.2|
|Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing||N/A|
|National Liberal||William Jenkins||20,405||67.4||N/A|
|National Liberal hold||Swing||N/A|
Elections in the 1910sEdit
|Liberal win (new seat)|
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