Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney: Seat, Ward and Prediction Details

Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney: Overview

 Prediction: LAB hold 

MP at 2017: Gerald Jones  (LAB)
County/Area: Mid Glamorgan (Wales)
Electorate: 55,463
Turnout: 60.5%
2017
Votes
2017
Share
Predicted
Votes
LAB22,40766.8%65.8%
CON6,07318.1%15.3%
Plaid2,7408.2%8.2%
UKIP1,4844.4%7.2%
LIB8412.5%2.6%
Green00.0%1.0%
LAB Majority16,33448.7%Pred Maj 50.6%
Chance of
winning
LAB
99%
CON
1%
Plaid
0%
UKIP
0%
LIB
0%
Green
0%

Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney : Political and Demographic indicators

The table below shows some political and demographic numerical indicators for the Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney constituency, the 'Wales' area and nation.

The political measures include the Left/Right and International/National axes (what does this mean).

The demographic measures are from the 2011 Census and include categories relating to national identity, economic activity, health and education. These categories are those which have the most relevance to political attitudes.

IndicatorSeatWalesAll GB
Party WinnerLABLABCON
Economic Position20° Left10° Left
National Position2° Int3° Int1° Int
EU Leave %57%53%52%
British Identity18%26%29%
Good Health43%47%48%
UK Born96%95%88%
Good Education26%36%39%
Good Job39%46%51%
High SEC36%46%51%
Average Age48.749.648.5
ABC1 Class36%47%53%

Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney ranks #233 for "Leave", #629 for "Right" and #431 for "National" out of 650 seats.

Indicators: Legend and Descriptions

Indicators : Legend and Descriptions

The colour scheme used in the table above is explained in the legend table below. The eight census indicators (British Identity, Good Health, UK Born, Good Education, Good Job, High SEC, Average Age and AB1 Class) all use the same 'Census' colour scheme indicating whether the area's level is above or below the national average.

TopicCat 1Cat 2Cat 3Cat 4Cat 5
Economic PositionVery LeftLeftCentristRightVery Right
National PositionVery IntInternationalCentristNationalVery Nat
EU Leave %Very RemainRemainBalancedLeaveVery Leave
CensusVery LowLowMediumHighVery High

Indicator definitions are given in terms of political data definitions or census categories:

IndicatorCensus
Question
Definition / Included Census Categories
Party WinnerArea party winner : actual election result or projected by Electoral Calculus
Economic PositionEconomic position between 100° Left and 100° Right, estimated by Electoral Calculus from political and demographic data.
National PositionNational position between 100° International and 100° National, estimated by Electoral Calculus from political and demographic data.
EU Leave %EU Referendum vote share for 'Leave' : actual result or estimate
British IdentityNational Identity (KS202)Those answering British, British-Other, or Scottish-British
Good HealthHealth (KS301)Those answering 'Very Good Health'
UK BornCountry of Birth (QS203)Those answering England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, GB Other, or UK Other
Good EducationHighest level of Qualification (QS501)Level 3 (A-level equivalent) or Level 4+ (degree equivalent)
Good JobOccupation (QS606)Occupation codes 1xx to 4xx (Managers, Professionals, Associates, and office workers)
High SECNS-SeC of Household Reference Person (QS609)National Statistics Socio-economic Classification from 1 to 4 (higher managers and professionals, lower managers and professionals, intermediate occupations, small employers and self-employed).
Average AgeAge (QS103)Average age of adults (18 years and above)
ABC1 ClassApproximated Social Grade (QS611)Approximated social grades A, B and C1

Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney: Map

Boundary Lines courtesy of Ordnance Survey OpenData © Crown copyright 2015

Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney: Ward-by-ward

Workings for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney

This section gives an estimate of the votes cast in each ward of Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney at the general election of 2017. The official ward breakdowns are not officially tabulated or published, so these numbers are only approximate. The basic idea of the calculation is to look at the district council wards which make up the new seat, and estimate how they voted in 2017, and also to predict how they will vote at the next election. These estimates are based both on the recent local election results and the Census 2011 demography in those wards, with adjustments made to allow for different turnouts and different voting patterns for local and general elections.

Usuallly each ward lies entirely within a single constituency, but some large wards are split between several constituencies (particularly in Scotland and Northern Ireland). The electorate figure shown is the estimate of the electorate which is common to both the constituency and the particular ward, and can be very small.

Election results from a recent local election are given. This is usually the local election closest to 2015 from the period 2012-2015. For multiple-member wards, the votes shown are the sum of the votes cast for all candidates of each party. A negative number indicates candidate(s) elected unopposed.

Calculation method

There are a few problems with using the raw (actual) local election results to imply general election results ward-by-ward. Firstly, turnout can be different between local and general elections, which means that the total number of local votes cast does not equal the number of votes cast in each old seat at the general election. To correct for this, we adjust the local votes to match the general election turnout. Each ward's result is scaled, whilst keeping constant the percentage support for each party, so that the total turnout adds up to the old seat's general election turnout. All wards in the old seat are assumed to have the same percentage turnout.

Because not all parties have a candidate in each ward, and sometimes there is only a single candidate elected unopposed, the local election results can understate a party's true support. To correct for this, we also use Census demography to make an alternative estimate of how the ward voted in the general election, based on any demographic differences between the ward and the seat overall.

Both method are then combined together, and the votes are subject to a final adjustment to make sure that the totals over the wards add up to the general election seat total, as they must.

Raw vote and Estimated General Election vote

The raw vote table shows the district council election results for all the wards in the seat of Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney. The first block shows the actual results, the second block shows the turnout-adjusted results. The final block shows the estimated general election votes for each ward after all the processes are complete.

Merthyr Tydfil and RhymneyActual Results
DistrictWardElection
Year
CON
Votes
LAB
Votes
LIB
Votes
UKIP
Votes
Green
Votes
Plaid
Votes
Other
Votes
CaerphillyDarren Valley20120-100000
CaerphillyMoriah201201,241000420363
CaerphillyNew Tredegar201201,7090000362
CaerphillyPontlottyn201203860001050
CaerphillyTwyn Carno201204600000211
Merthyr TydfilBedlinog201205161250001,107
Merthyr TydfilCyfarthfa201201,9240003182,212
Merthyr TydfilDowlais201203,59500001,294
Merthyr TydfilGurnos201202,16500001,744
Merthyr TydfilMerthyr Vale201201,6750000516
Merthyr TydfilPark201202,62300001,014
Merthyr TydfilPenydarren201201,3410588001,639
Merthyr TydfilPlymouth2012502,5822290001,675
Merthyr TydfilTown201204,0111,529007411,663
Merthyr TydfilTreharris201202,41900002,015
Merthyr TydfilVaynor2012025100002,056

Merthyr Tydfil and RhymneyTurnout-adjusted Results
DistrictWardElectorate
2017
CON
Votes
LAB
Votes
LIB
Votes
UKIP
Votes
Green
Votes
Plaid
Votes
Other
Votes
Total
Votes
CaerphillyDarren Valley2,13301,159000001,159
CaerphillyMoriah3,69001,2300004163602,006
CaerphillyNew Tredegar4,08301,83100003882,219
CaerphillyPontlottyn1,56306680001820850
CaerphillyTwyn Carno2,008074800003431,091
Merthyr TydfilBedlinog2,68604311040009251,460
Merthyr TydfilCyfarthfa5,64001,3240002191,5223,065
Merthyr TydfilDowlais5,68502,27200008183,090
Merthyr TydfilGurnos4,33301,30400001,0512,355
Merthyr TydfilMerthyr Vale3,13201,30100004011,702
Merthyr TydfilPark3,55001,39200005381,930
Merthyr TydfilPenydarren4,44409080398001,1102,416
Merthyr TydfilPlymouth4,346261,3451190008722,362
Merthyr TydfilTown6,27601,722657003187143,411
Merthyr TydfilTreharris5,23601,55300001,2932,846
Merthyr TydfilVaynor2,913017200001,4111,583
 Total61,7182619,36088039801,13511,74633,545

The turnout-adjusted results are now combined with the implied results from the Census Demography calculation, and then adjusted to match the general election totals. The results of these calculations are shown in the table below.

Merthyr Tydfil and RhymneyEst. 2017 General Election Results
DistrictWardElectorate
2017
CON
Votes
LAB
Votes
LIB
Votes
UKIP
Votes
Green
Votes
Plaid
Votes
Other
Votes
Total
Votes
CaerphillyDarren Valley1,9178996964005601,160
CaerphillyMoriah3,3162061,3843054033102,005
CaerphillyNew Tredegar3,6692691,7241764014402,218
CaerphillyPontlottyn1,40583606161601290850
CaerphillyTwyn Carno1,80415880135008001,092
Merthyr TydfilBedlinog2,4143658018085012801,459
Merthyr TydfilCyfarthfa5,0686911,89542128030803,064
Merthyr TydfilDowlais5,1094392,29436101021903,089
Merthyr TydfilGurnos3,8944071,677396017102,354
Merthyr TydfilMerthyr Vale2,8152191,3151640011301,703
Merthyr TydfilPark3,1904211,281786908101,930
Merthyr TydfilPenydarren3,9944301,53812289014702,416
Merthyr TydfilPlymouth3,9064241,5757890019602,363
Merthyr TydfilTown5,6405132,044393154030703,411
Merthyr TydfilTreharris4,7057201,8092597019502,846
Merthyr TydfilVaynor2,6186386954112013401,583
 Total61,7186,07222,4088391,48502,739033,545

Predicted ward-by-ward votes for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney

This table shows the predicted general election result broken down over each ward in the seat of Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney.

Merthyr Tydfil and RhymneyPredicted Results
DistrictWardElectorate
2017
CON
Votes
LAB
Votes
LIB
Votes
UKIP
Votes
Green
Votes
Plaid
Votes
Other
Votes
Total
Votes
CaerphillyDarren Valley1,9177395865975601,159
CaerphillyMoriah3,3161701,36531941533102,006
CaerphillyNew Tredegar3,6692221,703181131814402,218
CaerphillyPontlottyn1,40568598163261290849
CaerphillyTwyn Carno1,804130790478108001,092
Merthyr TydfilBedlinog2,414314787811321812801,460
Merthyr TydfilCyfarthfa5,0685831,865442273730803,064
Merthyr TydfilDowlais5,1093622,264371782921903,089
Merthyr TydfilGurnos3,8943351,65441642517102,353
Merthyr TydfilMerthyr Vale2,8151801,29917801511301,704
Merthyr TydfilPark3,1903531,26279131238101,929
Merthyr TydfilPenydarren3,9943541,515133602714702,416
Merthyr TydfilPlymouth3,9063491,552791602619602,362
Merthyr TydfilTown5,6404232,0113952433330703,412
Merthyr TydfilTreharris4,7056201,781271893419502,846
Merthyr TydfilVaynor2,61858268051631913401,583
 Total61,7185,11822,0848562,4033422,739033,542

Please note that general election results and electorates are not officially made available ward-by-ward. The numbers shown are our best estimates for these figures, but are not official.


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