Islwyn (UK Parliament constituency)


Islwyn (Welsh pronunciation: [ˈɪslʊɨn]) is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. This area, historically known for coal-mining, is a safe Labour Party seat which was once held by the party's former leader Neil Kinnock, who served as opposition leader for nearly a decade until 1992. The current MP is Chris Evans, first elected at the 2010 general election.

Islwyn
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Islwyn in Wales
Preserved countyGwent
Electorate54,792 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlementsBlackwood, Risca, Pontllanfraith, Newbridge
Current constituency
Created1983
Member of ParliamentChris Evans (Labour Co-operative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromBedwellty and Abertillery[2]
Overlaps
Senedd Cymru – Welsh ParliamentSouth Wales East

Boundaries


1983–2010: The Borough of Islwyn.

2010–present: The Caerphilly County Borough electoral divisions of Aberbargoed, Abercarn, Argoed, Blackwood, Cefn Fforest, Crosskeys, Crumlin, Maesycwmmer, Newbridge, Pengam, Penmaen, Pontllanfraith, Risca East, Risca West, and Ynysddu.

Members of Parliament


ElectionMember[3]PartyNotes
1983 Neil Kinnock Labour Leader of the Labour Party & Leader of the Opposition 1983-92
1995 by-election Don Touhig Labour Co-op
2010 Chris Evans Labour Co-op

Elections


Elections in the 1980s

General election 1983: Islwyn[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Neil Kinnock 23,183 59.4 N/A
SDP David Johnson 8,803 22.5 N/A
Conservative Michael Bevan 5,511 14.1 N/A
Plaid Cymru William Richards 1,574 4.0 N/A
Majority 14,380 36.9 N/A
Turnout 39,071 77.7 N/A
Registered electors 50,259
Labour win (new seat)
General election 1987: Islwyn[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Neil Kinnock 28,901 71.3 +11.9
Conservative John Twitchen 5,954 14.7 +0.6
SDP Jacqui Gasson 3,746 9.2 −13.5
Plaid Cymru William Richards 1,932 4.8 +0.8
Majority 22,947 56.6 +19.7
Turnout 40,533 80.4 +2.7
Registered electors 50,414
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s

General election 1992: Islwyn[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Neil Kinnock 30,908 74.3 +3.0
Conservative Peter Bone 6,180 14.9 +0.2
Liberal Democrats Michael Symonds 2,352 5.7 −3.5
Plaid Cymru (Green) Helen Jones 1,606 3.9 -0.9
Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch 547 1.3 N/A
Majority 24,728 59.4 +2.8
Turnout 41,593 81.4 +1.0
Registered electors 51,079
Labour hold Swing +1.4
1995 Islwyn by-election[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Don Touhig 16,030 69.2 −5.1
Plaid Cymru Jocelyn Davies 2,933 12.7 +8.8
Liberal Democrats John Bushell 2,448 10.6 +4.9
Conservative Robert Buckland 913 3.9 −11.0
Monster Raving Loony Screaming Lord Sutch 506 2.2 +0.8
UKIP Hugh Hughes 289 1.2 N/A
Natural Law Trevor Rees 47 0.2 N/A
Majority 13,097 56.5 -2.9
Turnout 23,166 45.1 −36.3
Registered electors 50,971
Labour Co-op gain from Labour Swing -2.9
General election 1997: Islwyn[9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Don Touhig 26,995 74.2 −0.1
Liberal Democrats Christopher Worker 3,064 8.4 +2.7
Conservative David Walters 2,864 7.9 −7.0
Plaid Cymru Darren Jones 2,272 6.2 +2.3
Referendum Susan Monaghan 1,209 3.3 N/A
Majority 23,391 65.8 +6.4
Turnout 36,404 72.0 -9.4
Registered electors 50,540
Labour Co-op gain from Labour Swing -1.5

Elections in the 2000s

General election 2001: Islwyn[11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Don Touhig 19,505 61.5 -12.7
Liberal Democrats Kevin Etheridge 4,196 13.2 +4.8
Plaid Cymru Leigh Thomas 3,767 11.9 +5.7
Conservative Phillip Howells 2,543 8.0 +0.1
Independent Paul Taylor 1,263 4.0 N/A
Socialist Labour Mary Millington 417 1.3 N/A
Majority 15,309 48.3 -17.5
Turnout 31,691 61.9 -10.1
Registered electors 51,230
Labour Co-op hold Swing -8.7
General election 2005: Islwyn[13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Don Touhig 19,687 63.8 +2.3
Plaid Cymru Jim Criddle 3,947 12.8 +0.9
Liberal Democrats Lee Dillon 3,873 12.5 -0.7
Conservative Phillip Howells 3,358 10.9 +2.9
Majority 15,740 51.0 +2.7
Turnout 30,865 61.0 -0.9
Registered electors 50,095
Labour Co-op hold Swing +0.7

Elections in the 2010s

General election 2010: Islwyn[15][16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Chris Evans 17,069 49.2 -15.1
Conservative Daniel Thomas 4,854 14.0 +3.0
Plaid Cymru Steffan Lewis 4,518 13.0 +0.2
Liberal Democrats Ashgar Ali 3,597 10.4 -1.8
Independent Dave Rees 1,495 4.3 N/A
BNP John Voisey 1,320 3.8 N/A
UKIP Jason Crew 936 2.7 N/A
Independent Paul Taylor 901 2.6 N/A
Majority 12,215 35.2 -15.8
Turnout 34,690 63.3 +3.0
Registered electors 54,866
Labour Co-op hold Swing -9.1
General election 2015: Islwyn[17][18][19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Chris Evans 17,336 49.0 -0.2
UKIP Joe Smyth 6,932 19.6 +16.9
Conservative Laura Anne Jones 5,366 15.2 +1.2
Plaid Cymru Lyn Ackerman 3,794 10.7 -2.3
Liberal Democrats Brendan D'Cruz 950 2.7 -7.7
Green Peter Varley 659 1.9 N/A
Monster Raving Loony Von Magpie Baron 213 0.6 N/A
TUSC Josh Rawcliffe 151 0.4 N/A
Majority 10,404 29.4 -5.8
Turnout 35,401 63.6 +0.3
Registered electors 55,697
Labour Co-op hold Swing
General election 2017: Islwyn[20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Chris Evans 21,238 58.8 +9.8
Conservative Dan Thomas 9,826 27.2 +12.0
Plaid Cymru Darren Jones 2,739 7.6 -3.1
UKIP Joe Smyth 1,605 4.4 -15.2
Liberal Democrats Matthew Kidner 685 1.9 -0.8
Majority 11,412 31.6 +2.2
Turnout 36,093 64.2 +0.6
Registered electors 56,256
Labour Co-op hold Swing -1.1
General election 2019: Islwyn[21][22][23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Chris Evans 15,356 44.7 -14.1
Conservative Gavin Chambers 9,892 28.8 +1.6
Brexit Party James Wells 4,834 14.1 N/A
Plaid Cymru Zoe Hammond 2,287 6.7 -0.9
Liberal Democrats Jo Watkins 1,313 3.8 +1.9
Green Catherine Linstrum 669 1.9 N/A
Rejected ballots 145
Majority 5,464 15.9 -15.7
Turnout 34,351 62.0 -2.2
Registered electors 55,423
Labour Co-op hold Swing -7.9

Of the 145 rejected ballots:

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

See also


Notes


  1. "Beyond 20/20 WDS - Table view". 2011 Electorate Figures. StatsWales. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  2. "'Islwyn', June 1983 up to May 1997". ElectionWeb Project. Cognitive Computing Limited. Archived from the original on 12 March 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  3. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "I"
  4. "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  5. "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  6. "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  7. "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
  8. Boothroyd, David. "Results of Byelections in the 1992-97 Parliament". United Kingdom Election Results. Retrieved 2020-02-14.
  9. "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  10. "BBC NEWS>VOTE 2001>Results and Constituencies>Islwyn". Vote 2001. BBC News. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  11. "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  12. "BBC NEWS > Islwyn". Vote 2001. BBC News. 7 June 2001. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  13. "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  14. "Islwyn parliamentary constituency - Election 2005" via www.bbc.co.uk.
  15. "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  16. Islwyn BBC Election - Islwyn
  17. "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  18. "Islwyn result". General Election 2015 - Results for Islwyn constituency. Caerphilly County Borough Council. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  19. "Islwyn Parliamentary constituency". Election 2015 Results. BBC. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  20. "Islwyn Parliamentary constituency". Election 2017 Results. BBC. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  21. "General Election 2019". Caerphilly County Borough Council. Caerphilly County Borough Council. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
  22. "Islwyn Parliamentary constituency". Election 2019 Results. BBC. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  23. "Election-Results/General-Election-2019". Caerphilly Council. Caerphilly Council. Retrieved 4 April 2020.