Aberavon (UK Parliament constituency)

UK constituency infobox alt
Name = Aberavon


Type = County
Entity = Wales
DivisionType = Preserved county
Division = West Glamorgan
Year = 1918
MP = Hywel Francis
Party = Labour
EP = Wales

Aberavon is a constituency in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was created for the 1918 general election and returns one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system. The seat has been held by the Labour Party since its creation, and for seven years was held by Ramsay MacDonald, the Prime Minister in 1924 and from 1929 to 1935.

Boundaries

The constituency is in south Wales, situated on the right bank of the River Afan, near its mouth in Swansea Bay. The constituency 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.

History

The owners of Aberavon's castle established a chartered town, which in 1372 received a further charter from Edward le Despencer, 1st Baron le Despencer. In modern times these charters were not acted upon, the town being deemed a borough by prescription, but in 1861 it was incorporated under the Municipal Corporations Act. From 1832 it belonged to the Swansea District constituency, uniting with Kenfig, Loughor, Neath and Swansea to return one member; later it acquired its own MP.

Members of Parliament

*"Constituency created (1918)"

Elections

1940s

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = William Cove
votes = 31,286
percentage = 72.51
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = DT Llewellyn
votes = 11,860
percentage = 27.49
change =
Election box majority
votes = 19,426
percentage = 45.02
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 43,146
percentage = 79.42
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing =

1950s

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = William Cove
votes = 29,278
percentage = 68.68
change = −3.83
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = A Herbert
votes = 8,091
percentage = 18.98
change = −8.51
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = JM Thomas
votes = 5,263
percentage = 12.35
change = "N/A"
Election box majority
votes = 21,187
percentage = 49.70
change = +4.68
Election box turnout
votes = 42,634
percentage = 85.84
change = +6.42
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = William Cove
votes = 30,498
percentage = 71.97
change = +3.29
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = JW Loveridge
votes = 11,878
percentage = 28.03
change = +9.05
Election box majority
votes = 18,620
percentage = 43.94
change = −5.76
Election box turnout
votes = 42,376
percentage = 84.63
change = −1.21
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = William Cove
votes = 29,003
percentage = 69.54
change = −2.43
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = REG Howe
votes = 12,706
percentage = 30.46
change = +2.43
Election box majority
votes = 16,297
percentage = 39.07
change = −4.87
Election box turnout
votes = 41,709
percentage = 79.27
change = −5.36
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing = −2.43

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = John Morris
votes = 30,397
percentage = 65.76
change = −3.78
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = REG Howe
votes = 12,759
percentage = 27.60
change = −2.86
Election box candidate with party link
party = Plaid Cymru
candidate = IM Lewis
votes = 3,066
percentage = 6.63
change = "N/A"
Election box majority
votes = 17,638
percentage = 38.16
change = −0.91
Election box turnout
votes = 46,222
percentage = 82.08
change = +2.81
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing =

1960s

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = John Morris
votes = 33,103
percentage = 72.11
change = +6.35
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = JS Thomas
votes = 9,424
percentage = 20.53
change = −7.07
Election box candidate with party link
party = Plaid Cymru
candidate = G John
votes = 2,118
percentage = 4.61
change = −2.02
Election box candidate with party link
party = Communist Party of Great Britain
candidate = JT Hart
votes = 1,260
percentage = 2.74
change = "N/A"
Election box majority
votes = 23,679
percentage = 51.58
change = +13.42
Election box turnout
votes = 45,905
percentage = 80.85
change = −1.23
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = John Morris
votes = 33,763
percentage = 75.44
change = +3.33
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = R Hicks
votes = 9,369
percentage = 20.94
change = +0.41
Election box candidate with party link
party = Communist Party of Great Britain
candidate = JT Hart
votes = 1,620
percentage = 3.62
change = +0.88
Election box majority
votes = 24,394
percentage = 54.51
change = +2.93
Election box turnout
votes = 45,146
percentage = 78.27
change = −2.58
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing =

1970s

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = John Morris
votes = 31,314
percentage = 66.99
change = −8.45
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = I Grist
votes = 10,419
percentage = 22.29
change = +1.35
Election box candidate with party link
party = Plaid Cymru
candidate = G Farmer
votes = 3,912
percentage = 8.37
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Communist Party of Great Britain
candidate = JT Hart
votes = 1,102
percentage = 2.36
change = −1.26
Election box majority
votes = 20,895
percentage = 44.70
change = −9.81
Election box turnout
votes = 46,747
percentage = 74.78
change = −3.49
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = John Morris
votes = 31,656
percentage = 65.24
change = −1.75
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Peter Hubbard-Miles
votes = 10,968
percentage = 22.60
change = +0.31
Election box candidate with party link
party = Plaid Cymru
candidate = DG Foster
votes = 5,898
percentage = 12.16
change = +3.79
Election box majority
votes = 20,688
percentage = 42.64
change = −2.06
Election box turnout
votes = 48,522
percentage = 75.62
change = +0.84
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = John Morris
votes = 29,683
percentage = 62.82
change = −2.42
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = NK Hammond
votes = 7,931
percentage = 16.78
change = −5.82
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = S Cutts
votes = 5,178
percentage = 10.96
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Plaid Cymru
candidate = G Thomas
votes = 4,032
percentage = 8.53
change = −3.63
Election box candidate with party link
party = Workers' Revolutionary Party (UK)
candidate = J Bevan
votes = 427
percentage = 0.90
change = "N/A"
Election box majority
votes = 21,752
percentage = 46.04
change = +3.40
Election box turnout
votes = 47,251
percentage = 73.07
change = −2.55
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = John Morris
votes = 31,665
percentage = 61.68
change = −1.14
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = F McCarthy
votes = 12,692
percentage = 24.72
change = +7.94
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Party (UK)
candidate = SM Cutts
votes = 4,624
percentage = 9.01
change = −1.95
Election box candidate with party link
party = Plaid Cymru
candidate = G Thomas
votes = 1,954
percentage = 3.81
change = −4.72
Election box candidate with party link
party = Communist Party of Great Britain
candidate = G Rowden
votes = 406
percentage = 0.79
change = "N/A"
Election box majority
votes = 18,973
percentage = 36.95
change = −9.09
Election box turnout
votes = 47,179
percentage = 79.15
change = +6.08
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing =

1980s

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = John Morris
votes = 23,745
percentage = 58.75
change = −2.93
Election box candidate with party link
party = SDP-Liberal Alliance
candidate = S Cutts
votes = 8,206
percentage = 20.30
change = +11.29
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = G Bailey
votes = 6,605
percentage = 16.34
change = −8.38
Election box candidate with party link
party = Plaid Cymru
candidate = G Phillips
votes = 1,859
percentage = 4.6
change = +0.79
Election box majority
votes = 15,539
percentage = 38.45
change = +1.5
Election box turnout
votes = 40,415
percentage = 75.62
change = −3.53
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing =

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = John Morris
votes = 27,126
percentage = 66.77
change = +8.02
Election box candidate with party link
party = SDP-Liberal Alliance
candidate = M Harris
votes = 6,517
percentage = 16.04
change = −4.26
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = P Warwick
votes = 5,861
percentage = 14.43
change = −1.91
Election box candidate with party link
party = Plaid Cymru
candidate = A Howells
votes = 1,124
percentage = 2.77
change = −1.83
Election box majority
votes = 20,609
percentage = 50.73
change = +12.28
Election box turnout
votes = 40,628
percentage = 77.71
change = +2.09
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing =

1990s

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = John Morris
votes = 26,877
percentage = 67.08
change = +0.31
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = H Williams
votes = 5,567
percentage = 13.89
change = −0.54
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = M Harris
votes = 4,999
percentage = 12.48
change = −3.56
Election box candidate with party link
party = Plaid Cymru
candidate = D Saunders
votes = 1,919
percentage = 4.79
change = +2.02
Election box candidate
party = Real Bean
candidate = Captain Beany
votes = 707
percentage = 1.76
change = "N/A"
Election box majority
votes = 21,310
percentage = 53.18
change = +2.45
Election box turnout
votes = 40,069
percentage = 77.58
change = −0.13
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing =
Election box end

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = John Morris
votes = 25,650
percentage = 71.3
change = +4.22
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Ronald McConville
votes = 4,079
percentage = 11.3
change = −1.18
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Peter Harper
votes = 2,835
percentage = 7.9
change = −5.99
Election box candidate with party link
party = Plaid Cymru
candidate = Philip Cockwell
votes = 2,088
percentage = 5.8
change = +1.01
Election box candidate
party = Referendum Party
candidate = Peter David
votes = 970
percentage = 2.7
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Independent (politician)
candidate = Captain Beany
votes = 341
percentage = 1.0
change = −0.76
Election box majority
votes = 21,571
percentage = 62.8
change = +9.62
Election box turnout
votes = 35,963
percentage = 71.9
change = −5.68
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing =
Election box end

2000s

Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Hywel Francis
votes = 19,063
percentage = 63.1
change = -8.2
Election box candidate with party link
party = Plaid Cymru
candidate = Lisa Turnbull
votes = 2,955
percentage = 9.8
change = +4.0
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Chris Davies
votes = 2,933
percentage = 9.7
change = -1.6
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Ali Miraj
votes = 2,296
percentage = 7.6
change = -0.3
Election box candidate with party link
party = Independent (politician)
candidate = Andrew Tutton
votes = 1,960
percentage = 6.5
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate
party = New Millennium Bean
candidate = Captain Beany
votes = 727
percentage = 2.4
change = +1.4
Election box candidate with party link
party = Welsh Socialist Alliance
candidate = Martin Chapman
votes = 256
percentage = 0.8
change = "N/A"
Election box majority
votes = 16,108
percentage = 53.3
change = −9.5
Election box turnout
votes = 30,190
percentage = 61.0
change = -10.9
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing =
Election box end

Election box begin
title=General Election, 5 May 2005
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Hywel Francis
votes = 18,077
percentage = 60.0
change = -3.1
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Claire Waller
votes = 4,140
percentage = 13.8
change = +4.0
Election box candidate with party link
party = Plaid Cymru
candidate = Philip Evans
votes = 3,545
percentage = 11.8
change = +2.1
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Annunziata Rees-Mogg
votes = 3,064
percentage = 10.2
change = +2.6
Election box candidate with party link
party = Veritas (political party)
candidate = Jim Wright
votes = 768
percentage = 2.6
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Green Party of England and Wales
candidate = Miranda La Vey
votes = 510
percentage = 1.7
change = "N/A"
Election box majority
votes = 13,937
percentage = 46.3
change = -7.1
Election box turnout
votes = 30,104
percentage = 58.9
change = -1.9
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Party (UK)
swing = -3.6

References

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