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Beeralston (UK Parliament constituency)

Aberavon (UK Parliament constituency)

Aberavon is a constituency in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was created for the 1918 general election and returns one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system. The seat has been held by the Labour Party since its creation, and for seven years was held by Ramsay MacDonald, the Prime Minister in 1924 and from 1929 to 1935.


The constituency is in south Wales, situated on the right bank of the River Afan, near its mouth in Swansea Bay. The constituency includes the wards of Aberavon, Baglan, Briton Ferry East, Briton Ferry West, Bryn and Cwmavon, Coedffranc Central, Coedffranc North, Coedffranc West, Cymmer, Glyncorrwg, Gwynfi, Margam, Port Talbot, Sandfields East, Sandfields West and Tai-bach.


The owners of Aberavon's castle established a chartered town, which in 1372 received a further charter from Edward le Despencer, 1st Baron le Despencer. In modern times these charters were not acted upon, the town being deemed a borough by prescription, but in 1861 it was incorporated under the Municipal Corporations Act. From 1832 it belonged to the Swansea District constituency, uniting with Kenfig, Loughor, Neath and Swansea to return one member; later it acquired its own MP.

Members of Parliament

  • Constituency created (1918)

Election Member Party
1918 John Edwards Liberal
1922 Ramsay MacDonald Labour
1929 William Cove Labour
1959 John Morris Labour
2001 Hywel Francis Labour












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