Pontypridd (UK Parliament constituency)


Pontypridd (UK Parliament constituency)

UK constituency infobox alt
Name = Pontypridd


Type = County
Entity = Wales
DivisionType = Preserved county
Division = Mid Glamorgan
Year = 1918
MP = Kim Howells
Party = Labour
EP = 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.

Boundaries

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, Graig, Cilfynydd, Coedpenmaen, Trallwng, Glyncoch, Rhydyfelin Central & Ilan, Hawthorn, Taffs Well. The Western half consists of the following wards: 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.

Members of Parliament

* 1918: Thomas Arthur Lewis, Coalition Liberal then National Liberal Party
* 1922: Thomas Isaac Mardy Jones, Labour
* 1931: David Lewis Davies, Labour
* 1938: Arthur Pearson, Labour
* 1970: Brynmor John, Labour
* 1989: Kim Howells, Labour

Election results

Election box begin
title=General Election 2005: Pontypridd
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Kim Howells
votes = 20,919
percentage = 52.8
change = -7.1
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Mike Powell
votes = 7,728
percentage = 19.5
change = +8.7
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Quentin Edwards
votes = 5,321
percentage = 13.4
change = +0.1
Election box candidate with party link
party = Plaid Cymru
candidate = Julie Richards
votes = 4,420
percentage = 11.2
change = -2.6
Election box candidate with party link
party = United Kingdom Independence Party
candidate = David Bevan
votes = 1,013
percentage = 2.6
change = +1.0
Election box candidate with party link
party = Communist Party of Britain
candidate = Robert Griffiths
votes = 233
percentage = 0.6
change = +0.6
Election box majority
votes = 13,191
percentage = 33.3
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 39,634
percentage = 60.9
change = +7.5
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing = -7.9
Election box begin
title=General Election 2001: Pontypridd
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Kim Howells
votes = 22,963
percentage = 59.9
change = -3.9
Election box candidate with party link
party = Plaid Cymru
candidate = Bleddyn Hancock
votes = 5,279
percentage = 13.8
change = +7.3
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Prudence Dailey
votes = 5,096
percentage = 13.3
change = +0.4
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Eric Brooke
votes = 4,152
percentage = 10.8
change = -2.6
Election box candidate with party link
party = United Kingdom Independence Party
candidate = Sue Warry
votes = 603
percentage = 1.6
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Prolife Alliance
candidate = Joseph Biddulph
votes = 216
percentage = 0.6
change = "N/A"
Election box majority
votes = 17,684
percentage = 46.1
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 38,309
percentage = 53.4
change = -18.1
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing =

See also

* List of Parliamentary constituencies in Mid Glamorgan


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