Bridgend (UK Parliament constituency)


Bridgend (Welsh: Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr) is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2019 by Jamie Wallis, a Conservative.[n 2]

Bridgend
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Bridgend in Wales
Preserved countyMid Glamorgan
Population79,873 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate59,533 (December 2010)[2]
Major settlementsBridgend
Porthcawl
Current constituency
Created1983
Member of ParliamentJamie Wallis (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromAberavon and Ogmore
Overlaps
Welsh AssemblySouth Wales West

Boundaries


1983–1997: The Borough of Ogwr wards numbers 1, 2, 12 to 16, 18, and 20 to 23.[jargon]

1997–2010: The Borough of Ogwr wards of Brackla, Cefn Cribwr, Coity Higher, Cornelly, Coychurch Lower, Laleston, Morfa, Newcastle, Newcastle Higher, Oldcastle, Porthcawl East, Porthcawl West, Pyle, and St Bride’s Major.

2010–present: The Bridgend County Borough electoral divisions of Brackla; Bryntirion, Laleston and Merthyr Mawr; Cefn Glas; Coity; Cornelly; Coychurch Lower; Litchard; Llangewydd and Brynhyfryd; Morfa; Newcastle; Newton; Nottage; Oldcastle; Pendre; Pen-y-fai; Porthcawl East Central; Porthcawl West Central; Pyle; and Rest Bay.

History


Summary of results

The 2015 result gave the seat the 19th-smallest majority of Labour's 232 seats by percentage of majority.[3] The Bridgend constituency was created in 1983 from parts of the seats of Ogmore & Aberavon. To date, it has mostly voted for candidates from the Labour Party at general elections. The exceptions have been the Conservatives winning the seat at the 1983 'landslide' election, and in 2019. An absolute Labour majority occurred in Bridgend in three successive elections: 1992, 1997 and 2001, as well as in 2017.

Other opposition parties

Since 2001, inclusive, two non-Labour, non-Conservative candidates at each election have kept their deposits, winning greater than or equal to 5% of the vote. In 2011, UKIP and Plaid Cymru were the parties of the two such candidates.

Turnout

Turnout has ranged between a high of 80.5%, in 1992, and a low of 59.2% in 2005.

Members of Parliament


ElectionMember[4][5]Party
1983 Peter Hubbard-Miles Conservative
1987 Win Griffiths Labour
2005 Madeleine Moon Labour
2019 Jamie Wallis Conservative

Elections


Elections in the 1980s

General election 1983: Bridgend[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Hubbard-Miles 15,950 38.4 N/A
Labour John A. Fellows 14,623 35.2 N/A
SDP Russell Smart 9,630 23.2 N/A
Plaid Cymru Keith Bush 1,312 3.2 N/A
Majority 1,327 3.2 N/A
Turnout 41,515 77.0 N/A
Registered electors 53,918
Conservative win (new seat)
General election 1987: Bridgend[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Win Griffiths 21,893 47.5 +12.3
Conservative Peter Hubbard-Miles 17,513 38.0 −0.4
SDP Russell Smart 5,590 12.1 −11.1
Plaid Cymru Laura McAllister 1,065 2.3 −0.9
Majority 4,380 9.5 N/A
Turnout 46,061 80.3 +3.3
Registered electors 57,389
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +6.8

Elections in the 1990s

General election 1992: Bridgend[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Win Griffiths 24,143 51.3 +3.8
Conservative David A. Unwin 16,817 35.7 −2.3
Liberal Democrats David Mills 4,827 10.3 −1.8
Plaid Cymru Alun Lloyd Jones 1,301 2.8 +0.5
Majority 7,326 15.6 +6.1
Turnout 47,088 80.5 +0.2
Registered electors 58,531
Labour hold Swing +3.0
General election 1997: Bridgend[10][11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Win Griffiths 25,115 58.1 +6.8
Conservative David Davies 9,867 22.8 −12.9
Liberal Democrats Andrew Mckinlay 4,968 11.5 +1.2
Referendum Tudor Greaves 1,662 3.8 N/A
Plaid Cymru Dennis R. Watkins 1,649 3.8 +1.0
Majority 15,248 35.2 +19.6
Turnout 43,261 72.3 −8.2
Registered electors 59,826
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 2000s

General election 2001: Bridgend[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Win Griffiths 19,423 52.5 −5.6
Conservative Tania Brisby 9,377 25.3 +2.5
Liberal Democrats Jean Barraclough 5,330 14.4 +2.9
Plaid Cymru Monica Mahoney 2,653 7.2 +3.4
ProLife Alliance Sara Jeremy 223 0.6 N/A
Majority 10,046 27.2 −8.0
Turnout 37,006 60.2 −12.1
Registered electors 61,496
Labour hold Swing
General election 2005: Bridgend[14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Madeleine Moon 16,410 43.3 −9.2
Conservative Helen Baker 9,887 26.1 +0.8
Liberal Democrats Paul Warren 7,949 21.0 +6.6
Plaid Cymru Gareth Clubb 2,527 6.7 −0.5
Green Jonathan Spink 595 1.6 N/A
UKIP Kunnathur Rajan 491 1.3 N/A
Majority 6,523 17.2 –10.0
Turnout 37,859 59.2 −1.0
Registered electors 63,936
Labour hold Swing −5.0

Elections in the 2010s

General election 2010: Bridgend[16][17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Madeleine Moon 13,931 36.3 −6.6
Conservative Helen Baker 11,668 30.4 +5.4
Liberal Democrats Wayne Morgan 8,658 22.6 +0.5
Plaid Cymru Nicholas Thomas 2,269 5.9 −1.0
BNP Brian Urch 1,020 2.7 N/A
UKIP Dave Fulton 801 2.1 +0.9
Majority 2,263 5.9 –11.3
Turnout 38,347 65.3 +5.6
Registered electors 58,700
Labour hold Swing −6.0
General election 2015: Bridgend[18][19][20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Madeleine Moon 14,624 37.1 +0.8
Conservative Meirion Jenkins 12,697 32.2 +1.8
UKIP Caroline Jones 5,911 15.0 +12.9
Plaid Cymru James Radcliffe [21] 2,784 7.1 +1.2
Liberal Democrats Anita Davies [22] 1,648 4.2 −18.4
Independent Les Morris 763 1.9 N/A
Green Tony White 736 1.9 N/A
TUSC Aaron David 118 0.3 N/A
Pirate David Elston 106 0.3 N/A
National Front Adam Lloyd 66 0.2 N/A
Rejected ballots 63
Majority 1,927 4.9 −1.0
Turnout 39,453 65.8 +0.5
Registered electors 59,998
Labour hold Swing −0.5

Of the 63 rejected ballots:

  • 43 were either unmarked or it was uncertain who the vote was for.[19]
  • 18 voted for more than one candidate.[19]
  • 2 had writing or mark by which the voter could be identified.[19]
General election 2017: Bridgend[23][24][25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Madeleine Moon 21,913 50.7 +13.6
Conservative Karen Robson 17,213 39.8 +7.6
Plaid Cymru Rhys Watkins 1,783 4.1 −2.9
Liberal Democrats Jonathan Pratt 919 2.1 −2.1
UKIP Alun Williams 781 1.8 −13.2
Independent Isabel Robson 646 1.5 N/A
Rejected ballots 55
Majority 4,700 10.9 +6.0
Turnout 43,255 69.6 +3.8
Registered electors 62,185
Labour hold Swing +3.0

Of the 55 rejected ballots:

  • 36 were either unmarked or it was uncertain who the vote was for.[25]
  • 19 voted for more than one candidate.[25]
General election 2019: Bridgend[26][27][28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Jamie Wallis 18,193 43.1 +3.3
Labour Madeleine Moon 17,036 40.3 –10.4
Liberal Democrats Jonathan Pratt 2,368 5.6 +3.5
Plaid Cymru Leanne Lewis 2,013 4.8 +0.7
Brexit Party Robert Morgan 1,811 4.3 N/A
Green Alex Harris 815 1.9 N/A
Rejected ballots 101
Majority 1,157 2.8 N/A
Turnout 42,236 66.7 –2.9
Registered electors 63,303
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +6.9

Of the 101 rejected ballots:

  • 78 were either unmarked or it was uncertain who the vote was for.[27]
  • 23 voted for more than one candidate.[27]

See also


Notes


  1. A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.

References


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