Vale of Glamorgan (UK Parliament constituency)

Vale of Glamorgan (Welsh: Bro Morgannwg) is a county constituency in South Wales, represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP), using the first-past-the-post voting system.

It is something of a bellwether, having been won by the party with a plurality of seats in every general election since the seat was created in 1983.

Coordinates: 51°25′44″N 3°21′04″W / 51.429°N 3.351°W

Vale of Glamorgan
County constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of Vale of Glamorgan in Wales.
Preserved county South Glamorgan
Electorate 71,585 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Barry, Llantwit Major, Dinas Powys, Cowbridge
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of parliament Alun Cairns (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Barry and Pontypridd[2]
Overlaps
Welsh Assembly South Wales Central
European Parliament constituency Wales

Boundaries

1983-2010: The Borough of Vale of Glamorgan wards of Baruc, Buttrills, Cadoc, Castleland, Court, Cowbridge, Dinas Powys, Dyfan, Gibbonsdown, Illtyd, Llandow, Llantwit Major, Peterson-super-Ely, Rhoose, St Athan, Sully, and Wenvoe.

2010-present: The Vale of Glamorgan County Borough electoral divisions of Baruc, Buttrills, Cadoc, Castleland, Court, Cowbridge, Dinas Powys, Dyfan, Gibbonsdown, Illtyd, Llandow and Ewenny, Llantwit Major, Peterston-super-Ely, Rhoose, St Athan, St Bride’s Major, and Wenvoe.

This marginal constituency to the west of Cardiff takes in the Labour-voting seaside resort of Barry and a number of Conservative villages and small towns, such as Cowbridge. There have been some close shaves for both parties here in the past: Conservative Walter Sweeney got home by a mere 19 votes in 1992; and John Smith (namesake of the late previous Labour leader) had a majority of under 2,000 in 2005. John Smith stood down from Parliament due to ill health, and the seat went Conservative at the 2010 election.

Sully ward was transferred to Cardiff South and Penarth in 2010.

Members of Parliament

Election Member[3] Party
1983 Sir Raymond Gower Conservative
1989 by-election John Smith Labour
1992 Walter Sweeney Conservative
1997 John Smith Labour
2010 Alun Cairns Conservative

Elections

Elections in the 2010s

General Election 2017: Vale of Glamorgan[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alun Cairns 25,501 47.5 +1.5
Labour Camilla Beaven 23,311 43.4 +10.8
Plaid Cymru Ian Johnson 2,295 4.3 −1.3
Liberal Democrat Jennifer Geroni 1,020 1.9 −0.7
UKIP Melanie Hunter-Clarke 868 1.8 -8.1
Green Stephen Davis-Barker 419 0.8 −1.3
Women's Equality Sharon Lovell 177 0.3 N/A
Pirate David Elston 127 0.2 N/A
Majority 2,190 4.1 -9.3
Turnout 53,718 72.6 +1.5
Registered electors 73,959
Conservative hold Swing -4.6
General Election 2015: Vale of Glamorgan[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alun Cairns 23,607 46.0 +4.2
Labour Chris Elmore 16,727 32.6 −0.3
UKIP Kevin Mahoney 5,489 10.7 +7.6
Plaid Cymru Ian Johnson 2,869 5.6 +0.1
Liberal Democrat David Morgan[7] 1,309 2.6 −12.7
Green Alan Armstrong 1,054 2.1 +1.1
CISTA Steve Reed 238 0.5 N/A
Majority 6,880 13.4 +4.6
Turnout 51,293 71.1 +1.8
Registered electors 72,794
Conservative hold Swing +2.3
General Election 2010: Vale of Glamorgan[8][9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Alun Cairns 20,341 41.8 +4.4
Labour Alana E. Davies 16,034 32.9 −7.8
Liberal Democrat Eluned Parrott 7,403 15.2 +2.0
Plaid Cymru Ian Johnson 2,667 5.5 +0.4
UKIP Kevin Mahoney 1,529 3.1 +1.4
Green Rhodri H. Thomas 457 0.9 N/A
Christian John Harrold 236 0.5 N/A
Majority 4,307 8.8 N/A
Turnout 48,667 69.3 +0.7
Registered electors 70,211
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +6.1

Elections in the 2000s

General Election 2005: Vale of Glamorgan[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John William Patrick Smith 19,481 41.2 −4.2
Conservative Alun Cairns 17,673 37.3 +2.3
Liberal Democrat Mark Hooper 6,140 13.0 +0.8
Plaid Cymru Barry Shaw 2,423 5.1 −1.2
UKIP Richard Suchorzewski 840 1.8 +0.8
Liberal Karl-James Langford 605 1.3 N/A
Socialist Labour Paul Mules 162 0.3 N/A
Majority 1,808 3.8 -6.6
Turnout 47,324 68.9 +2.2
Registered electors 68,657
Labour hold Swing −3.3
General Election 2001: Vale of Glamorgan[12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John William Patrick Smith 20,524 45.4 −8.5
Conservative Susan Inkin 15,824 35.0 +0.7
Liberal Democrat Dewi Smith 5,521 12.2 +3.0
Plaid Cymru Chris Franks 2,867 6.3 +3.8
UKIP Timothy Warry 448 1.0 N/A
Majority 4,700 10.4 -9.1
Turnout 45,184 66.7 −13.3
Registered electors 67,774
Labour hold Swing -4.6

Elections in the 1990s

General Election 1997: Vale of Glamorgan[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John William Patrick Smith 29,054 53.9 +9.6
Conservative Walter Sweeney 18,522 34.4 −9.9
Liberal Democrat Suzanne Campbell 4,945 9.2 +0.0
Plaid Cymru Melanie Corp 1,393 2.6 +0.5
Majority 10,532 19.5 N/A
Turnout 53,914 80.0 −1.9
Registered electors 67,413
Labour gain from Conservative Swing -9.8
General Election 1992: Vale of Glamorgan[14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Walter Sweeney 24,220 44.3 −2.4
Labour John William Patrick Smith 24,201 44.3 +9.6
Liberal Democrat David Keith Davies 5,045 9.2 −7.4
Plaid Cymru David Haswell 1,160 2.1 +0.3
Majority 19 0.0 −12.0
Turnout 54,626 81.9 +2.6
Registered electors 66,672
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1980s

Vale of Glamorgan by-election, 1989
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John William Patrick Smith 23,342 48.9 +14.2
Conservative Rod Richards 17,314 36.3 −10.5
Social and Liberal Democrats Frank Leavers 2,017 4.2 N/A
Plaid Cymru John Dixon 1,672 3.5 +1.7
SDP David Keith Davies 1,098 2.3 N/A
Green Marilyn Wakefield 971 2.0 N/A
Protect the Health Service Christopher Tiarks 847 1.8 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch 266 0.5 N/A
Independent Welsh Socialist Eric Roberts 148 0.3 N/A
Corrective Party Lindi St Claire 39 0.1 N/A
Christian Alliance David Black 32 0.1 N/A
Majority 6,028 12.6 N/A
Turnout 47,746 70.7 -8.6
Registered electors 67,549
Labour gain from Conservative Swing −12.4
General Election 1987: Vale of Glamorgan[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Raymond Gower 24,229 46.8 −1.2
Labour John William Patrick Smith 17,978 34.7 +8.9
Social Democratic David Keith Davies 8,633 16.7 −7.2
Plaid Cymru Penri Williams 946 1.8 −0.5
Majority 6,251 12.1 -10.1
Turnout 51,786 79.3 +5.1
Registered electors 65,310
Conservative hold Swing −5.1
General Election 1983: Vale of Glamorgan[17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Raymond Gower 22,241 48.0 N/A
Labour Michael Sharp 12,028 25.8 N/A
Social Democratic William Evans 11,154 23.9 N/A
Plaid Cymru Andrew John Dixon 1,068 2.3 N/A
Majority 10,393 22.2 N/A
Turnout 46,671 74.2 N/A
Registered electors 62,885
Conservative win (new seat)

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Beyond 20/20 WDS – Table view". 2011 Electorate Figures. StatsWales. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  2. ^ "'Vale of Glamorgan', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Archived from the original on 15 March 2016. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "V"
  4. ^ https://www.valeofglamorgan.gov.uk/Documents/Our%20Council/Council/Elections/Combined-notice-of-poll-persons-nom-stations-2.docx
  5. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Vale of Glamorgan result" (PDF). Statement of Results. Vale of Glamorgan Council. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  7. ^ http://www.libdems.org.uk/list_of_selected_candidates#
  8. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  9. ^ Vale of Glamorgan, Vale of Glamorgan County Borough Council – candidates – Vale of Glamorgan
  10. ^ Vale of Glamorgan BBC Election – Vale of Glamorgan
  11. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
  16. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  17. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.

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