Pontypridd (UK Parliament constituency)
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Pontypridd in Wales
|Preserved county||Mid Glamorgan|
|Electorate||61,507 (April 2012)|
|Major settlements||Pontypridd, Llantrisant|
|Member of Parliament||vacant|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||South Glamorganshire and East Glamorganshire|
|Welsh Assembly||South Wales Central|
|European Parliament constituency||Wales|
Pontypridd // is a county constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It returns one Member of Parliament (MP), elected by the first past the post system.
- 1 Boundaries
- 2 Members of Parliament
- 3 Elections
- 4 See also
- 5 Footnotes
- 6 Notes and references
- 7 External links
Pontypridd constituency can be split into two parts, an eastern part containing the town itself, and a western part focussed on Llantrisant. In Pontypridd itself the wards are: Town, Treforest, Rhondda (consisting of Hopkinstown, Maesycoed, Graigwen, Trehafod, & Pwllgwaun), Graig, Trallwng, Rhydyfelin Central & Ilan, & Hawthorn. The Western half consists of the following wards: Taffs Well, Beddau, Church Village, Tonteg, Llantwit Fardre, Llantrisant, Pontyclun, Talbot Green, Tonyrefail East and Tonyrefail West.
Alternatively, one can think of the constituency as being divided between a 'suburban' district in the south and communities that grew in the industrial revolution to the north; the Southern area, particularly between Church Village and Llantrisant, contains much new residential and light industrial development, and benefits from good transport links due to its proximity to the M4. This section has a growing population and is an important 'dormitory' for Cardiff. The Northern parts, particularly Tonyrefail and the northern end of Pontypridd town consists of large sections of 19th century housing and suffered high unemployment in the 1980s as the old industries closed. However, in recent years, economic recovery has been firm, especially considered with neighbouring constituencies to the north.
The Pontypridd constituency was created in its original form from parts of the old South Glamorganshire & East Glamorganshire constituencies as part of Representation of the People Act 1918 (sometimes referred to as 'The Fourth Reform Act') which granted virtually all men over 21 the right to vote, extended voting rights to women over 30 years of age, & increased the number of the now abolished University constituencies. Part of this Act also effected a 'General Redistribution of Seats' on an 'equitable basis'. It originally included the old Borough & Rural district of Cowbridge (which included Ystradowen, Bonvilston, St Athan, Llantwit Major & Llandow) & the Urban district of Pontypridd plus the Rural District of Llantrisant & Llantwit Fardre. The constituency remained unchanged from this form until the Third Periodic Parliamentary Boundary Review's proposals were implemented in 1983. This removed Cowbridge Borough and the Cowbridge Rural District placing them in the Vale of Glamorgan constituency additionally moving out the communities of Llanharry, Llanharan, and Brynna into the Ogmore constituency. However, the communities of Creigiau and Pentyrch were added to the seat at this time, only to be removed again in time for the 2010 general election.
Prior to 2010 the Pontypridd Constituency also consisted of the Cilfynydd, Glyncoch, Creigiau & Pentyrch Wards. The Fifth Periodic Parliamentary Boundary Review for Wales placed Cilfynydd & Glyncoch wards in the Cynon Valley (UK Parliament constituency)  & the Creigiau & Pentyrch wards in the Cardiff West (UK Parliament constituency). These changes were made & in place for the 2010 United Kingdom general election.
Members of ParliamentEdit
Like many seats in South Wales, Pontypridd has been retained by the Labour party for over 97 years.
Elections in the 2010sEdit
The Liberal Democrats and the Green Party have both agreed to stand aside and support the Plaid Cymru 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 which involve the Unite to Remain alliance between the three parties. The Lib Dem prospective candidate Mike Powell was unhappy with this agreement, and resigned from the party to stand as an independent instead.
Candidates listed in alphabetical order of surname.
|Plaid Cymru||Fflur Elin (Unite to Remain)|
|Plaid Cymru||Fflur Elin||4,102||10.3||-1.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Mike Powell||1,963||4.9||-8.0|
|Liberal Democrat||Mike Powell||4,904||12.9||−18.3|
|Plaid Cymru||Osian Lewis||4,348||11.5||+4.2|
|Socialist Labour||Damien Biggs||332||0.9||−0.3|
|Liberal Democrat||Mike Powell||11,435||31.2||+11.2|
|Plaid Cymru||Ioan Bellin||2,673||7.3||−3.7|
|Socialist Labour||Simon Parsons||456||1.2||N/A|
Elections in the 2000sEdit
|Liberal Democrat||Mike Powell||7,728||19.5||+8.7|
|Plaid Cymru||Julie Richards||4,420||11.2||−2.6|
|Plaid Cymru||Bleddyn Hancock||5,279||13.8||+7.3|
|Liberal Democrat||Eric Brooke||4,152||10.8||−2.6|
|ProLife Alliance||Joseph Biddulph||216||0.6||N/A|
Elections in the 1990sEdit
|Liberal Democrat||Nigel Howells||6,161||13.4||+4.9|
|Conservative||Jonathan M. Cowen||5,910||12.9||−7.4|
|Plaid Cymru||Owain Llewelyn||2,977||6.5||−2.6|
|Socialist Labour||Peter Skelly||380||0.8||N/A|
|Natural Law||Anthony G. Moore||85||0.2||N/A|
|Conservative||Peter D. Donnelly||9,925||20.3||+0.8|
|Plaid Cymru||Delme Bowen||4,448||9.1||+3.8|
|Liberal Democrat||Steve Belzak||4,180||8.5||−10.3|
|Green||Emma J. Jackson||615||1.3||N/A|
Elections in the 1980sEdit
|Plaid Cymru||Syd Morgan||9,775||25.3||+20.0|
|Social and Liberal Democrats||Tom Ellis||1,500||3.9||−15.0|
|Social Democratic||Peter Sain-Ley-Berry||8,865||18.9||−7.0|
|Plaid Cymru||Delme Bowen||2,498||5.3||+0.7|
|Social Democratic||Richard Langridge||11,444||25.9||N/A|
|Plaid Cymru||Janet Davies||2,065||4.7||+0.9|
|Green||Alwyn K. Jones||449||1.0||N/A|
Elections in the 1970sEdit
|Plaid Cymru||Alun Roberts||2,200||3.76||-3.8|
|National Front||R.G. Davies||263||0.45||N/A|
|Plaid Cymru||Richard Kemp||3,917||7.57||-1.0|
|Plaid Cymru||Richard Kemp||4,612||8.56||-1.9|
|Plaid Cymru||Errol Jones||5,059||10.4||N/A|
Elections in the 1960sEdit
Elections in the 1950sEdit
|Conservative||James Lionel Manning||12,511||27.75||+7.6|
|Conservative||Thomas Esmôr Rhys Rhys-Roberts||9,049||20.2||+2.3|
|Liberal||David Irwin Charles Lewis||4,895||10.9||-2.6|
Elections in the 1940sEdit
|Liberal||John Ellis Williams||5,464||13.5||N/A|
Elections in the 1930sEdit
|Liberal National||Juliet Rhys-Williams||14,810||40.1||N/A|
|Labour||David Lewis Davies||Unopposed|
|Labour||David Lewis Davies||21,751||58.4||+5.3|
|Independent Labour||Thomas Mardy-Jones||1,110||3.0||N/A|
|New Party||William Lowell||466||1.3||N/A|
|Labour||David Lewis Davies||20,687||59.89||+6.72|
|Conservative||David J Evans||5,489||15.89||+5.79|
Elections in the 1920sEdit
|Liberal||John Victor Evans||14,421||36.8||N/A|
|Conservative||May Gordon Williams||3,967||10.1||-34.0|
|Conservative||David J Evans||14,425||44.1||N/A|
|Liberal||Jon David Rees||13,839||45.1||+19.8|
|National Liberal||Rhys Rhys-Williams||8,667||27.5||N/A|
|Unionist||J. Griffith Jones||7,994||25.4||N/A|
|C||Liberal||Thomas Arthur Lewis||12,550||43.0||-13.1|
|Labour gain from Liberal||Swing|
|C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.|
Elections in the 1910sEdit
|C||Liberal||Thomas Arthur Lewis||13,327||56.1||N/A|
|Labour||David Lewis Davies||10,152||42.8||N/A|
|Liberal win (new seat)|
|C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.|
- Pontypridd (Assembly constituency)
- List of Parliamentary constituencies in Mid Glamorgan
- List of Parliamentary constituencies in Wales
- The National Library of Wales:Dictionary of Welsh Biography (Thomas Isaac Mardy Jones)
- The National Library for Wales: Dictionary of Welsh Biography (Arthur Pearson)
- The National Library for Wales: Dictionary of Welsh Biography (Brynmor John)
- Ordnance Survey Election Maps Site
- Boundary Commission Map report from 1917 showing original detailed map used for Pontypridd Constituency
- Boundary Commission Ordnance Survey Map original used at 1955 review for the entire UK showing all constituencies highly detailed
- a In 1983 the Third Periodical Boundary Review report made major changes to the constituency, removing the Cowbridge community & placing it the new Vale of Glamorgan seat & also by removing the Llanharry & Llanharan communities to the Ogmore seat. However, the Pentyrch & Creigiau communities were added to the new seat from the old Barry seat, to give a New seat with nearly 15,000 less electors.
- b This was and still is the largest number of electors for the Pontypridd constituency in any of its forms.
- c Arthur Pearson's initial selection following a closely contested process at a selection conference at Pontyclun occurred only after several rounds of voting, and he was finally chosen against the prominent local miners' agent W. H. May on 15 January 1938.
- d Enacted in the Representation of the People Act 1918 & created from the old East Glamorganshire (which included Pontypridd & the Tonteg/Church Village/Llantwit Fardre areas) & South Glamorganshire (which included the Llantrisant, Tonyrefail, Pontyclun, Llanharry & Cowbridge areas) parliamentary constituencies, the Pontypridd constituency from 1918 to the 1983 UK General Election remained unchanged & consisted of the Cowbridge, Llantwit Major, St Athan, Ystradowen, Llandow & Bonvilston communities plus Pontypridd urban district council plus the Llantrisant(which included Llanharry, Llanharan, Brynna) & Llantwit Fardre rural districts.
Notes and referencesEdit
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