Brecon and Radnorshire (UK Parliament constituency)
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. The constituency is represented by Fay Jones, of the Conservative Party, who defeated incumbent Jane Dodds of the Liberal Democrats at the 2019 general election.
|Brecon and Radnorshire|
for the House of Commons
|Population||69,197 (2011 census)|
|Electorate||53,032 (April 2019)|
|Major settlements||Brecon, Crickhowell, Ystradgynlais, Knighton, Llandrindod Wells|
|Member of Parliament||Fay Jones (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Senedd||Mid and West Wales|
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 planned constituency changes announced in September 2016 ahead of the next general election, it was proposed to merge this seat with the southern half of Montgomeryshire, including Newtown, to form a new constituency 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 Democrats in 1997, and then returned to the Conservatives in 2015. It was the Conservatives' fifteenth target seat at the 2005 election, but the party's 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 5,102 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 6,500 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. Dodds was then defeated by Conservative Fay Jones at the general election in December 2019.
Members of Parliament
Elections in the 1910s
|Liberal win (new seat)|
Elections in the 1920s
|National Liberal||William Jenkins||20,405||67.4||N/A|
|National Liberal hold||Swing||N/A|
|Unionist gain from Liberal||Swing||N/A|
|Labour gain from Unionist||Swing||+4.2|
Elections in the 1930s
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing|
|Conservative||Richard Hanning Philipps||18,043||46.6||N/A|
|Labour gain from National||Swing|
Elections in the 1940s
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 1950s
|Liberal||Rolle Malcolm Ritson Paton||3,903||8.5||-11.3|
|Conservative||Henry Graham Partridge||16,412||36.4||-11.4|
|Conservative||John H. Davies||18,939||42.7||+6.3|
Elections in the 1960s
|Conservative||Frank T. Stevens||15,415||37.1||-5.6|
|Plaid Cymru||Trefor Richard Morgan||2,165||5.2||N/A|
|Conservative||Frank T. Stevens||14,523||36.5||-0.6|
|Plaid Cymru||Trefor Richard Morgan||2,410||6.0||+0.8|
Elections in the 1970s
|Conservative||Gareth John Jarvis Neale||13,892||32.2||−4.3|
|Plaid Cymru||William George Jenkins||2,349||5.4||−0.6|
|Conservative||Lloyd Havard Davies||15,903||35.4||+3.2|
|Liberal||Noel Kennedy Thomas||8,741||19.5||+0.6|
|Plaid Cymru||Dafydd Noel Gittins||2,099||4.7||−0.7|
|Conservative||Lloyd Havard Davies||15,610||35.3||−0.1|
|Liberal||Noel Kennedy Thomas||7,682||17.4||−2.1|
|Plaid Cymru||Dafydd Noel Gittins||2,300||5.2||+0.5|
|Plaid Cymru||Janet Power||1,031||2.1||−3.1|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+6.6|
Elections in the 1980s
|Plaid Cymru||Sian Meredudd||640||1.7||-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||John Davies||535||1.3||-0.4|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+12.0|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrats||Richard Livsey||15,847||35.8||+1.0|
|Plaid Cymru||Sian Meredudd||418||0.9||−0.4|
|Conservative gain from Liberal||Swing||+0.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Richard Livsey||17,516||40.8||+5.0|
|Plaid Cymru||Steven Cornelius||622||1.5||+0.6|
|Liberal Democrats gain from Conservative||Swing||+6.1|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrats||Roger Williams||13,824||36.8||−4.0|
|Plaid Cymru||Brynach Parri||1,301||3.5||+2.0|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing||−5.0|
|Liberal Democrats||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 Democrats hold||Swing||+4.1|
Elections in the 2010s
|Liberal Democrats||Roger Williams||17,929||46.2||+1.4|
|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 Democrats hold||Swing||−0.3|
|Liberal Democrats||Roger Williams||11,351||28.3||-17.9|
|Plaid Cymru||Freddy Greaves||1,767||4.4||+1.9|
|Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats||Swing||+11.1|
|Liberal Democrats||James Gibson-Watt||12,043||29.1||+0.8|
|Plaid Cymru||Kate Heneghan||1,299||3.1||-1.3|
Following the successful recall petition of Christopher Davies, a by-election was held on 1 August 2019.
|Liberal Democrats||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 Democrats gain from Conservative||Swing||+12.0|
Of the 73 rejected ballots:
- 58 were either unmarked or it was uncertain who the vote was for.
- 14 voted for more than one candidate.
- 1 had writing or mark by which the voter could be identified.
Changes in vote share are compared to the 2017 general election, not the 2019 by-election.
|Liberal Democrats||Jane Dodds||14,827||35.9||+6.8|
|Monster Raving Loony||Lady Lily the Pink||345||0.8||N/A|
|Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats||Swing||-1.1|
Of the 110 rejected ballots:
- 87 were either unmarked or it was uncertain who the vote was for.
- 21 voted for more than one candidate.
- 2 had writing or mark by which the voter could be identified.
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