The 1995 Vale of Glamorgan Council election was held on 4 May 1995 to the new Vale of Glamorgan Council unitary authority in Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. It took place on the same day as other council elections in Wales and England. These were the first elections since the re-organization of local government in Wales.

Though the Conservative Party had led the previous council, their representation was decimated at the 1995 election, with Labour winning a majority.[1]

The next full elections took place in 1999.

Overview

These were the first elections held following local government reorganisation, which created new 'super authorities' and would lead to the abolition of South Glamorgan County Council on 1 April 1996. Vale of Glamorgan councillors would act in a shadow capacity to the new Vale of Glamorgan Council, until the following April.[2]

47 council seats across 22 electoral wards were up for election.[3] The ward boundaries for the new authority were based primarily on the previous Vale of Glamorgan Borough Council, though there were some boundary changes. Ewenny transferred to the Vale, with the Llandow ward becoming Llandow/Ewenny. The St Brides Major and Wick communities, was which was previously within the Borough of Ogwr, transferred to become a new Vale ward of St Brides Major, increasing the number of Vale councillors by one.

Election result

Twenty Conservative councillors had been elected at the 1991 election.[4] At the 1995 election their number was reduced to six, in what the South Wales Echo described as an unanticipated "annihilation" at the hands of the Labour Party.[1] All five seats in the previously 'safe' Conservative Alexandra ward were won by Labour, as were two of the three 'safe' Conservative seats in Cowbridge.[1] Plaid Cymru also took seats from the Conservatives, increasing their numbers to five.

Vale of Glamorgan Council election result 1995 [1]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 36 +15 76.5
  Conservative 6 -14 12.7
  Plaid Cymru 5 +2 10.6
  Liberal Democrats 0 0.0
  Independent 0 -2 0.0
  Green - 0.0

Ward Results

Contests took place in every ward,[3](a) the first time this had happened in the Vale since 1973.[4]

Alexandra (five seats)

Alexandra (Penarth) 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour (Ms) Lorraine Barrett 2,059 34.5
Labour J. Birch 1,848
Labour P. Gray + 1,847
Labour (Ms) G. Emmerson 1,732
Labour N. Fogg 1,649
Conservative A. Ernest o+ 1,580 28.8
Conservative A. Wicks o 1,357
Conservative C. Osborne o 1,348
Conservative (Ms) D. Turner + 1,334
Independent M. Cranfield-Adams 1,300 23.7
Conservative A. Williams o 1,282
Plaid Cymru D. Harries 544 9.9
Plaid Cymru (Ms) M. Harries 514

Baruc (two seats)

Baruc (Barry) 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Nicholas Hodges 810 35.4
Labour (Ms) B. Griffiths 734 32.1
Labour (Ms) B. Sharp 721
Plaid Cymru (Ms) M. Corp 703
Conservative J. Donovan + 634 27.7
Conservative B. Edmunds o 524
Conservative G. Grant o 178
Liberal Democrats (Ms) S. O'Brien 111 4.8

Buttrills (two seats)

Buttrills (Barry) 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour (Ms) M. Alexander 907 36.1
Labour S. Egan 789
Independent Labour B. Lane + 616 24.5
Conservative J. Connell 340 13.5
Independent B. Dixon o 245 9.8
Plaid Cymru W. Landry 225 9.0
Liberal Democrats J, Cornwall 178 7.1

Cadoc (three seats)

Cadoc (Barry) 1983
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour F. Johnson + 1,273 55.5
Labour (Ms) A. Moore 1,245
Labour N. Moore o 1,220
Independent Labour S. James 396 17.3
Independent Labour B. Lewis 310
Independent Labour J. Murphy 303
Conservative A. James 215 9.4
Conservative W. Nunn 198
Plaid Cymru (Ms) R. Joseph 188 8.2
Conservative J. Parker 184
Plaid Cymru K. Stockdale 176
Plaid Cymru J. Lawrence 166
Green I. Gooderson 121 5.3
Liberal Democrats J. Mock 100 4.4

Castleland (two seats)

Castleland 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour M. Sharp + 831 74.8
Labour C. Short o 815
Conservative J. Williams 148 13.3
Conservative S. Newman 143
Plaid Cymru B. Shaw 132 11.9
Plaid Cymru A. Dearing 132

Cornerswell (two seats)

Cornerswell (Penarth) 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour (Ms) A. Rees + 1,196 49.8
Labour N. Gibbs o 1,153
Conservative J. Flanigan o 743 31.0
Conservative K. Land 482
Liberal Democrats D. Elston 295 12.3
Plaid Cymru G. Ap-Sion 166

Court (two seats)

Court (Barry) 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Shaun Stringer o 1,120 65.5
Labour J. Thompson o 1,068
Plaid Cymru R. Salter 217 12.7
Conservative K. Wright 176 10.3
Conservative R. Suchorzeloski 144
Liberal Democrats (Ms) M. Lupton 100 5.8
Green (Ms) J. Gooderson A'Court 96 5.7

Cowbridge (three seats)

Cowbridge 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour J. Baty 1,187 45.0
Conservative R. Davies o 1,088 41.2
Labour G. Hughes 1,042
Conservative T. Jarvie o 1,041
Conservative B. Rees 955
Labour A. Price 875
Plaid Cymru H. Llewellyn-Morgan 364 13.8
Plaid Cymru H. Lewis 196

Dinas Powys (four seats)

Dinas Powys 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Christopher Franks o+ 1,891 45.9
Plaid Cymru M. Thomas o 1,433
Plaid Cymru (Ms) J. Jones o 1,376
Plaid Cymru R. Bowen 1,303
Conservative B. McParlin o 987 24.0
Labour (Ms) S. Collins 981 23.8
Labour (Ms) J. Davies 951
Labour P. Evans 824
Labour J. Harvey 769
Conservative M. Pound 759
Conservative (Ms) C. Wilcock 591
Conservative H. Stephens 580
Liberal Democrats (Ms) C. Southwell 262 6.4

Dyfan (two seats)

Dyfan (Barry) 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour C. Watkins + 1,115 61.9
Labour A. Dobbinson o 1,073
Conservative B. Mepham 357 19.8
Conservative S. Rogers 317
Plaid Cymru P. Donovan 194 10.8
Liberal Democrats (Ms) S. Boundy 135 7.5
Plaid Cymru O. Phillips 122

Gibbonsdown (two seats)

Gibbonsdown (Barry) 1995 [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour B. Murray + 1,168 73.3
Labour R. Wilkinson o 1,111
Plaid Cymru T. Morgan 167 10.5
Conservative C. R. Lambert 153 9.6
Conservative C. E. Lambert 152
Liberal Democrats H. Lupton 106 6.6

Illtyd (three seats)

Illtyd (Barry) 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour C. Dunkley o 1,514 48.1
Labour N. Brown o 1,438
Labour M. Nugent 1,266
Conservative A. Hampton o 1,139 36.2
Conservative K. Williams 911
Conservative (Ms) V. Lloyd 676
Plaid Cymru (Ms) S. Baker 262 8.3
Liberal Democrats A. Matthews 235 7.5
Plaid Cymru J. Chedgzoy 233
Plaid Cymru D. Roberts 216

Llandough (one seat)

Llandough 1983
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour D. Eastwood 394 60.5
Independent (Ms) E. Hanley 141 21.7
Conservative T. Roche 116 17.8

Llandow/Ewenny (one seat)

Llandow/Ewenny 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative R. Thomas o+ 532 41.0
Labour (Ms) C. Price 505 38.9
Liberal Democrats (Ms) S. Wilson 93 7.2
Independent (Ms) J. Horton 87 6.7
Plaid Cymru J. Bellin 80 6.2

Llantwit Major (four seats)

Llantwit Major 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour (Ms) L. Hughes o+ 2,661 58.2
Labour (Ms) J. Pearce o 2,118
Labour M. Pearce o 1,988
Labour G. Williams 1,475
Conservative E. Bryant 826 18.1
Conservative J. Jones 809
Conservative A. Readman 765
Conservative A. Preddy 621
Liberal Democrats (Ms) D. Van-Rooyen 403 8.8
Plaid Cymru S. Stephens 380 8.3
Green (Ms) A. Markey 302 6.6

Peterston-super-Ely (one seat)

Peterston-super-Ely 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative A. Williams 490 63.2
Liberal Democrats (Ms) S. Willey 285 36.8

Rhoose (two seats)

Rhoose 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative (Ms) H. James o+ 949 42.8
Conservative H. James o 616
Labour (Ms) R. Bowen 556 25.1
Labour J. King 504
Ind. Conservative (Ms) A. Matthews 422 19.0
Liberal Democrats D. Stevens 167 7.5
Plaid Cymru J. Evans 122 5.5

St Athan (one seat)

St Athan 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour B. Doughty + 611 60.1
Independent J. James o 293 28.8
Conservative (Ms) V. Rees 79 7.8
Liberal Democrats B. Van Rooyen 34 3.3

St Brides Major (one seat)

St Brides Major 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour M. Lalis 589 49.6
Conservative (Ms) A. Preston 449 37.8
Liberal Democrats A. Wilson 150 12.6

Stanwell (two seats)

Stanwell 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour H. Rees + 945 62.1
Labour (Ms) M. Birch o 929
Conservative D. Webb 341 22.4
Plaid Cymru N. ap Glyn 236 15.5

Sully (one seat)

Sully 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour R. Cox 693 47.0
Conservative C. Aynge 583 39.6
Liberal Democrats B. Southwell 124 8.4
Plaid Cymru D. Haswell 74 5.0

Wenvoe (one seat)

Wenvoe 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Harvey 470 44.0
Labour M. Stringer 268 25.1
Liberal Democrats (Ms) S. Campbell 222 20.8
Plaid Cymru (Ms) E. Jones 108 10.1

(a) Elections Centre source compares the percentage vote of the lead candidate for each party in the ward. It also indicates which candidates are female.

o councillor elected to the Borough Council in 1991, standing for re-election
+ councillor elected to South Glamorgan County Council in 1993[6]

References

  1. ^ a b c d Peter Collins (5 May 1995). "Disaster for Tories". South Wales Echo. p. 8. The Conservatives could not have anticipated the anihilation they received at the hands of Labour in the Vale of Glamorgan...
  2. ^ "Voters go to the polls". South Wales Echo. 4 May 1995. p. 3. Voters went to the polls today as local government in Wales undergoes its biggest shake up for 21 years. Twenty two new super-councils will take over the functions of 37 district and eight county authorities, which are being abolished from April next year... Until April next year, the councillors will act in a shadow capacity and many will serve on two or three authorities at the same time.
  3. ^ a b "Vale of Glamorgan Council Election Results 1995-2012" (PDF). The Elections Centre (Plymouth University). Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Vale of Glamorgan Welsh District Council Election Results 1973-1991" (PDF). The Elections Centre (Plymouth University). Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Disaster for Tories - Results". South Wales Echo. 5 May 1995. p. 8.
  6. ^ "South Glamorgan County Council Election Results 1973-1991" (PDF). The Elections Centre (Plymouth University). Retrieved 20 July 2019.