1973 Mid Glamorgan County Council election

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The first election to Mid Glamorgan County Council and was held in April 1973.[1] It was followed by the 1977 election.

The new authority came into effect from 1 April 1974 following the division of the former Glamorgan County Council into three new authorities.

Candidates[edit]

The Labour Party fielded candidates in every ward. A significant proportion of seats were contested by the Conservative Party and Plaid Cymru with fewer candidates fielded by the Liberal Party.

Numerous members of the former Glamorgan County Council stood for election, notably for Labour. These included Alfred Bowen (Bridgend) and Bertie Rowland (Caerphilly).

Fred Riddiford, former Labour councillor for Aberaman on the former Glamorgan authority, contested the seat for Plaid Cymru.

Contents

Ward Results[edit]

Aberdare No.1: Llwydcoed (two seats)[edit]

Aberdare No.1: Llwydcoed 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru D. Davies 2,984
Labour J. Powell 2,132
Labour Mervyn Prowle 1,936
Plaid Cymru Riddiford 1,250
Communist Alastair Wilson 1,222
Turnout
Plaid Cymru win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Aberdare No.2: Blaengwawr (one seat)[edit]

Aberdare No.2: Blaengwawr 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Glyn Owen 2,405 63.0
Labour W. Parfitt 1,410 37.0
Majority 26.1
Turnout 65.5
Plaid Cymru win (new seat)

Aberdare No.3: Gadlys (one seat)[edit]

Aberdare No.3: Gadlys 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru D. Roberts 1,402 59.5
Labour A. Jones 955 40.5
Majority 19.0
Turnout 59.4
Plaid Cymru win (new seat)

Aberdare No.4: Town (one seat)[edit]

Aberdare No.4: Town 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent P. Williams 1,083 55.1
Labour W. Richards 884 44.9
Majority 10.1
Turnout 56.6
Independent win (new seat)

Aberdare No.5: Aberaman (one seat)[edit]

Aberdare No.5: Aberaman 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour R. Reed 2,050 62.0
Plaid Cymru Fred Riddiford 1,259 38.0
Majority 23.9
Turnout 54.3
Labour win (new seat)

Abertridwr and Senghennydd[edit]

Abertridwr and Senghennydd 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Ratepayers J. Davies 1,823 69.2
Labour T. Mantle 813 30.8
Majority 38.3
Turnout 50.7
Independent win (new seat)

Bedwas and Machen (two seats)[edit]

Bedwas and Machen 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ray Davies 2.994
Labour C. Hobbs 2.701
Ratepayers A. Underwood 1,682
Turnout
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Bedwellty No.1 (one seat)[edit]

Bedwellty No.1 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour W. Forbes Unopposed
Labour win (new seat)

Bedwellty No.2 (one seat)[edit]

Bedwellty No.2 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour S. Powell 1,648 67.2
Independent M. Lancaster 803 32.8
Majority 34.5
Turnout 57.6
Labour win (new seat)

Bridgend (two seats)[edit]

Bridgend 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alfred Bowen 2,447
Conservative A. Parker 2,447
Labour D. Evans 1,711
Conservative A. Walters 1,643
Independent E. King 1,319
Independent W. Davies 1,091
Turnout
Labour win (new seat)
Conservative win (new seat)

Caerphilly No.1 (one seat)[edit]

Caerphilly No.1 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour C. Phillips Unopposed
Labour win (new seat)

Caerphilly No.2 Llanbradach (one seat)[edit]

Caerphilly No.2 Llanbradach 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru S. Morgan 1,945 74.8
Labour S. Hawthorn 657 25.2
Majority 49.5
Turnout 58.9
Plaid Cymru win (new seat)

Caerphilly No.4 (one seat)[edit]

Caerphilly No.4 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Bertie Rowland 1,733 61.8
Plaid Cymru Colin Palfrey 1,069 38.2
Majority 23.7
Turnout 41.5
Labour win (new seat)

Caerphilly No.5 North (one seat)[edit]

Caerphilly No.5 North 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour R. Jewell 914 51.8
Independent L. Waddon 852 48.2
Majority 3.5
Turnout 41.6
Labour win (new seat)

Caerphilly No.6 South (one seat)[edit]

Caerphilly No.6 South 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent H. Richards 1,182 53.5
Labour G. Snell 1,027 46.5
Majority 7.0
Turnout 50.0
Independent win (new seat)

Caerphilly No.7 (one seat)[edit]

Caerphilly No.7 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru R. Davies 921 32.7
Conservative H. Paulley 780 27.7
Labour G. Lewis 618 22.0
Independent Labour E. Dobbs 496 17.6
Majority 5.0
Turnout
Plaid Cymru win (new seat)

Cardiff Rural (one seat)[edit]

Cardiff Rural 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour C. Richards 780 54.4
Plaid Cymru P. Enticott 654 45.6
Majority 8.8
Turnout 40.0
Labour win (new seat)

Cowbridge Rural (one seat)[edit]

Cowbridge Rural 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent J. David 1,491 52.7
Labour T. Williams 1,340 47.3
Majority 5.3
Turnout 52.1
Independent win (new seat)

Dowlais (one seat)[edit]

Dowlais 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour D. Williams 1,222 50.3
Ratepayers W. Healey 1,209 49.7
Majority 13 0.6
Turnout 51.6
Labour win (new seat)

Gelligaer No.1 (one seat)[edit]

Gelligaer No.1 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour B. Williams 2,095 68.4
Plaid Cymru G. Thomas 970 31.6
Majority 36.7
Turnout 55.8
Labour win (new seat)

Gelligaer No.2 (one seat)[edit]

Gelligaer No.2 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Labour J. Davies 1,036 58.6
Labour J. Hawke 732 41.4
Majority 17.2
Turnout 60.9
Independent Labour win (new seat)

Gelligaer No.3 (one seat)[edit]

Gelligaer No.3 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour W. Kedward 1,510 51.4
Plaid Cymru M. Jones 1,426 48.6
Majority 2.9
Turnout 43.4
Labour win (new seat)

Gelligaer No.4 (two seats)[edit]

Gelligaer No.4 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour A. Rogers 2,314
Labour W. Bowen 2,160
Plaid Cymru M. Smiga 1,202
Plaid Cymru G. Phillips 1,147
Turnout 35.4
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Llantrisant and Llantwitfardre No.1 (four seats)[edit]

Llantrisant and Llantwitfardre No.1 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour K. Eason 3,231
Labour L. Lodwig 2,925
Labour E. Tyrrell 2,716
Ratepayers T. John 2,692
Labour D. Powell 2,669
Ratepayers W. Taylor 2,351
Ratepayers J. Bolt 2,100
Ratepayers D. Pearse 1,944
Plaid Cymru T. Morgan 1,697
Residents A. Williams 1,584
Residents J. Johnson 1,337
Residents A. Pictor 1,111
Turnout 47.7
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Independent win (new seat)

Llantrisant and Llantwitfardre No.2 (four seats)[edit]

Llantrisant and Llantwitfardre No.2 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour D. McDonald Unopposed
Labour J. Thomas Unopposed
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Maesteg No.1 (one seat)[edit]

Maesteg No.1 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour V. Hart Unopposed
Labour win (new seat)

Maesteg No.2 (one seat)[edit]

Maesteg No.2 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Jennie Gibbs 1,659 65.9
Labour W. Evans 857 34.1
Majority 31.9
Turnout 59.6
Liberal win (new seat)

Maesteg No.3 (one seat)[edit]

Maesteg No.3 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour W. Venner 1,718 74.0
Plaid Cymru K. Davies 605 26.0
Majority 47.9
Turnout 45.9
Labour win (new seat)

Merthyr, Cyfarthfa (one seat)[edit]

Merthyr, Cyfarthfa 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour D. Jones 1,374 60.4
Plaid Cymru M. Llewellyn 901 39.6
Majority 20.8
Turnout 45.5
Labour win (new seat)

Merthyr No.6 (one seat)[edit]

Merthyr No.6 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour C. Stanfield 1,614 51.6
Plaid Cymru Emrys Roberts 1,515 48.4
Majority 3.2
Turnout 74.4
Labour win (new seat)

Merthyr No.7 (one seat)[edit]

Merthyr No.7 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour T. O'Brien 1,468 65.8
Plaid Cymru A. Williams 764 34.2
Majority 31.5
Turnout 69.2
Labour win (new seat)

Merthyr Park (two seats)[edit]

Merthyr Park 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru G. Foster 1,977
Labour J. Burns 1,682
Labour D. Williams 1,619
Communist A. Jones 1,442
Communist C. Dennett 404
Turnout 56.9
Plaid Cymru win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Merthyr Town (one seat)[edit]

Merthyr Town 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour B. Watkins 1,510 60.3
Plaid Cymru P. Williams 811 32.4
Communist T. Roberts 184 7.4
Majority 27.9
Turnout 51.4
Labour win (new seat)

Mountain Ash No.1 (one seat)[edit]

Mountain Ash No.1 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour T. Davies 1,557 53.6
Communist A. Williams 1,348 46.4
Majority 7.2
Turnout 47.3
Labour win (new seat)

Mountain Ash No.2 (one seat)[edit]

Mountain Ash No.2 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour E. Bath Unopposed
Labour win (new seat)

Mountain Ash No.3 (two seats)[edit]

Mountain Ash No.3 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Communist M. Lewis 2,426
Plaid Cymru R. Humphreys 2,332
Labour E. Pritchard 1,544
Labour T. Bowden 1,210
Turnout 74.3
Communist win (new seat)
Plaid Cymru win (new seat)

Ogmore and Garw No.1 (one seat)[edit]

Ogmore and Garw No.1 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour R. Sant 1,291 50.5
Ratepayers D. Fox 1,264 49.5
Majority 27 1.0
Turnout 76.1
Labour win (new seat)

Ogmore and Garw No.2 (two seats)[edit]

Ogmore and Garw No.2 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru E. Merriman 4,122
Labour T. Price 3,312
Labour M. Jenkins 2,748
Turnout 71.9
Plaid Cymru win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Penybont No.1 (one seat)[edit]

Penybont No.1 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour E. Hayball 1,561 70.6
Conservative K. Morrell 651 29.4
Majority 41.1
Turnout 40.5
Labour win (new seat)

Penybont No.2 (two seats)[edit]

Penybont No.2 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative W. Board 958
Labour A. Evans 609
Labour F. Speed 448
Turnout 46.9
Conservative win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Penybont No.3 (one seat)[edit]

Penybont No.3
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour A. Cattie 981 41.9
Independent T. Williams 681 29.2
Independent R. Hanson 673 28.9
Majority 12.7
Turnout 37.6
Labour win (new seat)

Penybont No.4 (one seat)[edit]

Penybont No.4
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour I. Rawle 1,306 55.5
Conservative B. Smart 1,049 45.5
Majority 10.9
Turnout 36.7
Labour win (new seat)

Penybont No.5 (two seats)[edit]

Penybont No.5 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour M. Jones 4,647
Labour E. Davies 4,617
Conservative H. Eastment 1,190
Turnout 54.4
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Penybont No.6 (two seats)[edit]

Penybont No.6 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Philip Squire 2,724
Independent W. Barnett 2,102
Labour W. Bowcher 2,024
Independent G. Walters 1,528
Turnout 63.7
Labour win (new seat)
Independent win (new seat)

Penydarren(one seat)[edit]

Penydarren 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour T. Mahoney 1,540 56.0
Plaid Cymru B. Walters 777 28.3
Ratepayers G. Kiley 431 15.7
Majority 27.8
Turnout 58.4
Labour win (new seat)

Pontypridd No.1 (one seat)[edit]

Pontypridd No.1 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour W. Williams Unopposed
Labour win (new seat)

Pontypridd No.2 Town (one seat)[edit]

Pontypridd No.2 Town 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour M. Came 895 58.7
Plaid Cymru A. Withey 631 41.3
Majority 17.3
Turnout 34.7
Plaid Cymru win (new seat)

Pontypridd No.3 (one seat)[edit]

Pontypridd No.3 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour E. Peck Unopposed
Labour win (new seat)

Pontypridd No.4 Trallwn (one seat)[edit]

Pontypridd No.4 Trallwn 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Meriel Murphy 1,145 61.8
Labour R. Evans 708 38.2
Majority 23.6
Turnout 58.7
Liberal win (new seat)

Pontypridd No.5 Rhydyfelin (two seats)[edit]

Pontypridd No.5 Rhydyfelin 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. Davies 1,262
Labour W. Griffiths 870
Independent Labour E. Smith 736
Turnout 41.5
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Pontypridd No.6 (one seat)[edit]

Pontypridd No.6 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour H. Weston Unopposed
Labour win (new seat)

Porthcawl No.1 (one seat)[edit]

Porthcawl No.1 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Peter Hubbard-Miles 1,648
Labour W. Williams 1,114
Majority 19.3
Turnout 39.7
Conservative win (new seat)

Porthcawl No.2 (one seat)[edit]

Porthcawl No.2
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour G. McBride 1,102 44.3
Independent M. Pope 734 32.1
Independent R. Fry 538 23.6
Majority 12.2
Turnout 44.8
Labour win (new seat)

Rhondda No.1 Treherbert (two seats)[edit]

Rhondda No.1 Treherbert 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour G. Williams 1,988
Communist Arthur True 1,865
Labour W. Llewellyn 1,616
Communist C. True 1,315
Turnout 63.2
Labour win (new seat)
Communist win (new seat)

Rhondda No.2 Treorchy (two seats)[edit]

Rhondda No.2 Treorchy 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour H. Jones Unopposed
Labour G. Rees Unopposed
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Rhondda No.3 Pentre (one seat)[edit]

Rhondda No.3 Pentre 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour E. Jenkins Unopposed
Labour win (new seat)

Rhondda No.4 Ystrad (one seat)[edit]

Rhondda No.4 Ystrad
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour D. Thomas 1,787 73.1
Communist A. Price 656 26.9
Majority 46.3
Turnout 49.1
Labour win (new seat)

Rhondda No.5 (one seat)[edit]

Rhondda No.5
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour T. Parry 1,727 57.5
Plaid Cymru D. Morgan 1,279 42.5
Majority 14.9
Turnout 54.2
Labour win (new seat)

Rhondda No.6 (one seat)[edit]

Rhondda No.6
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour C. Winter 2,012 62.5
Conservative P. Leyshon 1,208 37.5
Majority 25.0
Turnout 54.7
Labour win (new seat)

Rhondda No.7 Penygraig (one seat)[edit]

Rhondda No.7 Penygraig
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour C. Richardds 1,343 52.2
Communist Annie Powell 1,232 47.8
Majority 111 4.3
Turnout 46.7
Labour win (new seat)

Rhondda No.8 Porth (two seats)[edit]

Rhondda No.8 Porth 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour M. Ellis 2,252
Labour E. Westwood 2,098
Ratepayers D. Austin 1,903
Turnout 51.1
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Rhondda No.9 (one seat)[edit]

Rhondda No.9 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour S. McElstrim Unopposed
Labour win (new seat)

Rhymney Lower, Middle and Upper (one seat)[edit]

Rhymney Lower, Middle and Upper 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. Williams Unopposed
Labour win (new seat)

Treharris (one seat)[edit]

Treharris 1973
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour T. Richards Unopposed
Labour win (new seat)

Vaynor and Penderyn No.1 (one seat)[edit]

Vaynor and Penderyn No.1
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour M. Byrne 1,042 60.2
Independent A. Williams 690 39.8
Majority 20.3
Turnout 57.2
Labour win (new seat)

Vaynor and Penderyn No.2 (one seat)[edit]

Vaynor and Penderyn No.2
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour C. Davies 1,348 90.6
Communist G. Thomas 140 9.4
Majority 81.2
Turnout 56.1
Labour win (new seat)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mid Glamorgan County Council Election Results 1973-1993" (PDF). The Elections Centre, Plymouth University. Retrieved 17 October 2016.