Records deposited by Islwyn Constituency Labour Party

Scope and Content

Bedwellty and Islwyn Constituency Labour Party records, 1911-1999, including minutes, 1918-1997, correspondence files, 1965-1998, membership records, 1969-1995, election papers and ephemera, 1966-1999, Annual Conference reports, 1966-1999, policy and constitutional papers, 1970-1998, Blackwood Ward Labour Party minutes, 1948-1975, and Cwmfelinfach, Ynysddu & District Labour Party minutes, 1955-1973; records relating to local Trades and Labour Councils, 1911-1974; National Union of Mineworkers Risca Lodge financial records, [1965]; minutes, correspondence and other records of the Co-operative Party, [1977]-1993; correspondence and financial records of the Campaign for Democracy in Chile, 1973-1974; papers relating to Bedwas and Machen Urban District Council, 1946-1973; printed histories and memorabilia of the trade union and Labour movement, 1967-1989; printed books and reports, 1971-1998.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Bedwellty parliamentary constituency was formed in 1918 from part of the former constituency of Monmouthshire. In 1983, following the Third Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission in Wales, Bedwellty became the basis for the new Islwyn constituency. The Labour Party was represented locally by the Bedwellty Division/Constituency Labour Party and later Islwyn CLP, as well as various wards. From 1918 to the present (2004) the constituency has had unbroken Labour Party representation in Parliament, namely Sir Charles Edwards, 1918-1950, Harold Finch, 1950-1970, Neil Kinnock, 1970-1995, and Don Touhig from 1995.


Arranged into the following: Labour Party records; Trades and Labour Council records; National Union of Mineworkers (South Wales Area); Co-operative Party records; Campaign for Democracy in Chile (South Wales area); district council records; miscellaneous records; trade union and Labour movement; miscellaneous printed books and reports.

Access Information

No restrictions

Acquisition Information

Deposited by Islwyn Constituency Labour Party, [2000].


Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Gwent Record Office, Catalogue of records deposited by Islwyn Constituency Labour Party; Jones, Beti, Etholiadau'r ganrif, 1885-1997/Welsh elections, 1885-1997 (Talybont: Y Lolfa, 1999).

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Gwent Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records have been retained


Accruals are not expected

Related Material

Related papers are in National Library of Wales, Neil Kinnock Constituency Papers.