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Montgomeryshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Preserved county  Powys
Created  1536
Member of parliament  Glyn Davies
Welsh assembly  Mid and West Wales
Electorate  48,910 (December 2010)
European Parliament constituency  Wales
Number of members  1
Major settlements  Newtown, Welshpool
Montgomeryshire (UK Parliament constituency)

Montgomeryshire (Welsh: Sir Drefaldwyn) is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Created in 1542, it elects one Member of Parliament (MP), traditionally known as the knight of the shire, by the first-past-the-post system of election.


The Montgomeryshire Welsh Assembly constituency was created with the same boundaries in 1999.


The seat is based on the ancient county of Montgomeryshire, in the principal area of Powys. One of Britain's most rural and isolated constituencies, it has also been one of the small handful of seats that the Liberal Democrats (formerly the Liberal Party) could call safe, before a loss to the Conservatives in the 2010 general election. Montgomeryshire had elected Liberal or Liberal-affiliated candidates since 1880 apart from this and a Conservative victory in the 1979 general election. In the 1983 general election it was only seat in England and Wales where a sitting Conservative MP was unseated, while nationally his party's seat majority increased. The seat was officially known as Montgomery before 1997.

Proposed constituency changes

Under proposed constituency boundary changes announced in September 2016, ahead of the next general election, the seat will be partitioned, the northern half including Welshpool to be merged with Clwyd South to form a new seat of South Clwyd and North Montgomeryshire; most of the southern including Newtown will be merged with the Brecon and Radnor seat to form a seat renamed as Brecon, Radnor and Montgomery, and the wards of Llanidloes and Blaen Hafren merged into the Ceredigion constituency which will form part of a new seat called Ceredigion and North Pembrokeshire.

Elections in the 1910s

  • Davies was endorsed by the Coalition Government
  • Elections in the 1800s

    General Election, 1892 Liberal Majority 27 General Election, 1892 Liberal Majority 815 General Election, 1886 Liberal Majority 579


    Montgomeryshire (UK Parliament constituency) Wikipedia

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