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Aberavon
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
John Morris, Labour's longest established (though not oldest) MP, who can remember serving in previous Labour governments, is retiring at the forthcoming general election after more than 40 years as member for Aberavon. In spite of its Welsh name, this constituency is based on the English speaking town of Port Talbot, made up mainly of the descendants of immigrants from further east who came to work in the heavy industries - typified by the mighty steelworks of Abbey and Margam, which once employed 12,500 workers. Unlike other South Welsh seats, Aberavon resisted the Plaid Cymru challenge in the Welsh Assembly elections in May 1999, granting Labour its fourth highest percentage majority. It will almost certainly be passed on safely to the new candidate, Hywel Francis. This constituency is likely to suffer considerably from the steel industry closures announced by Corus in July 2000.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Former Attorney General Sir John Morris has foregone the chance of becoming Father of the House by quitting after 40 years as MP for Aberavon. His Labour replacement is Hywel Francis, son of the former Welsh minersí leader and founding chairman of the Wales TUC, Dai Francis. A former adviser to Welsh Secretary Paul Murphy, he was born in 1946, educated at secondary schools in Neath and Cardiff, Whitchurch Grammar School, Cardiff, and Swansea University, obtaining a doctorate in History. Currently Professor of Continuing Education at Swansea, he is Vice President of the Welsh Labour History Society, Chairman of the Paul Robeson Cymru Committee and a Trustee of the Bevan Foundation. More than just a typical example of a Welsh Labour candidate reflecting the transition from mining to teaching - from the coal face to the chalk face - he comes from the top drawer of the Welsh Labour establishment, though perhaps too late at the age of 55 to entertain ministerial ambitions.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 2.40% 14.99% 16.04
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.73% 4.43% 16.53
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 5.76% 7.27% 79.22
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.00% 2.56% 0.00
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.13% 3.94% 3.36
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 7.88% 13.04% 60.45
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 36.35% 12.70% 286.19
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 31.27% 8.14% 384.06
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.78% 4.02% 19.34
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.48% 3.19% 109.14
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 10.31% 11.31% 91.19
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.67% 3.06% 21.98
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.22% 2.52% 8.62
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 13.05% 9.41% 138.62
£5-10K 22.69% 16.63% 136.40
£10-15K 20.35% 16.58% 122.73
£15-20K 14.64% 13.58% 107.78
£20-25K 9.77% 10.39% 93.98
£25-30K 6.37% 7.77% 81.89
£30-35K 4.14% 5.79% 71.54
£35-40K 2.72% 4.33% 62.77
£40-45K 1.81% 3.27% 55.39
£45-50K 1.22% 2.48% 49.16
£50-55K 0.84% 1.90% 43.91
£55-60K 0.58% 1.47% 39.45
£60-65K 0.41% 1.15% 35.66
£65-70K 0.29% 0.91% 32.40
£70-75K 0.21% 0.72% 29.60
£75-80K 0.16% 0.57% 27.17
£80-85K 0.12% 0.46% 25.04
£85-90K 0.09% 0.37% 23.18
£90-95K 0.07% 0.31% 21.54
£95-100K 0.05% 0.25% 20.08
£100K + 0.19% 1.34% 14.20

Local Map of the constituency
Aberavon - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Aberavon - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (4.22%) Plaid Cymru (1.01%)
Conservative (-  6.02%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.16%)
Plaid Cymru (4.10%)
Conservative (-  0.29%) Labour (-  8.26%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.64%)
Con - 6.02%
Lab 4.22%
LD - 1.16%
PC 1.01%
Con - 0.29%
Lab - 8.26%
LD - 1.64%
PC 4.10%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Hywel Francis
Labour hold
Con Conservative (7.60%) 2,296 7.60%
Lab Labour (63.06%) 19,063 63.06%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.70%) 2,933 9.70%
PC Plaid Cymru (9.91%) 2,995 9.91%
Oth Other (9.74%) 2,943 9.74%
Maj Majority (53.15%) 16,068 53.15%
Turn Turnout (60.87%) 30,230 60.87%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Hywel Francis
Labour hold
Bean Captain Beany 727 2.40%
SA Martin Chapman 256 0.85%
LD Chris Davies 2,933 9.70%
L Hywel Francis 19,063 63.06%
C Ali Miraj 2,296 7.60%
PC Lisa Turnbull 2,995 9.91%
RP Andrew Tutton 1,960 6.48%
Candidates representing 7 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
John Morris
Labour
Con Conservative (7.88%) 2,835 7.88%
Lab Labour (71.32%) 25,650 71.32%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.34%) 4,079 11.34%
PC Plaid Cymru (5.81%) 2,088 5.81%
Ref Referendum (2.70%) 970 2.70%
Oth Other (0.95%) 341 0.95%
Maj Majority (59.98%) 21,571 59.98%
Turn Turnout (71.89%) 35,963 71.89%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (13.90%) 5,567 13.90%
Lab Labour (67.10%) 26,877 67.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.50%) 4,999 12.50%
PC Plaid Cymru (4.80%) 1,919 4.80%
Oth Other (1.80%) 707 1.80%
Maj Majority (53.20%) 21,310 53.20%
Turn Turnout (77.00%) 40,069 77.00%

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