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Caerphilly
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Caerphilly, though only just over a hill (or Welsh "mountain") from Cardiff, is very definitely in the South Welsh valley tradition of politics. Its MP since 1983 has been Mr Blair's first Secretary of State for Wales, Ron Davies, who was also the first choice for First Secretary of his native land until overtaken by scandal in October 1998. Davies safely transferred to the Welsh Assembly in May 1999, although his majority over Plaid Cymru of 2,861 was little over one tenth of that he recorded in the 1997 General Election. His adventures on Clapham Common may have ended his Cabinet career, but not all political activity. Nevertheless, due to rules concerning dual mandates he is vacating Caerphilly's parliamentary seat, in favour of Wayne David, former Labour MEP, defeated candidate in the Rhondda (of all places) in the Welsh Assembly elections of 1999, but very likely the first "Wayne" ever to enter the House of Commons.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Beleaguered former Welsh Secretary Ron Davies' successor here is Wayne David, a former MEP. His profile is very familiar as the grandson (not even son) of miners, the son of a teacher, and himself an ex-WEA tutor organiser - in the steps of Neil Kinnock and Ron Davies. Born 1957 and educated at Cynffig Comprehensive, Kenfig Hill Bridgend, and at Swansea and Cardiff Universities, he is currently a policy adviser for the Youth Service. He lists devolution as one of his interests and already bears its scars, having been beaten by Plaid Cymru in the Welsh assembly election in 1999 in the Rhondda, the first ever loss by Labour of the area since capturing it in 1910.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 4.48% 14.99% 29.90
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.29% 2.49% 11.47
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.54% 4.43% 34.72
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 15.24% 7.27% 209.55
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 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 6.59% 13.04% 50.56
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 30.11% 12.70% 237.04
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 14.97% 8.14% 183.81
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.63% 4.02% 15.74
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.14% 3.19% 98.44
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 18.63% 11.31% 164.69
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.30% 3.06% 9.72
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 4.06% 2.52% 161.19
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.03% 0.06% 45.91
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 11.20% 9.41% 118.93
5-10K 19.67% 16.63% 118.29
10-15K 18.85% 16.58% 113.71
15-20K 14.62% 13.58% 107.60
20-25K 10.47% 10.39% 100.77
25-30K 7.29% 7.77% 93.78
30-35K 5.04% 5.79% 86.98
35-40K 3.49% 4.33% 80.55
40-45K 2.44% 3.27% 74.60
45-50K 1.72% 2.48% 69.16
50-55K 1.22% 1.90% 64.22
55-60K 0.88% 1.47% 59.76
60-65K 0.64% 1.15% 55.73
65-70K 0.47% 0.91% 52.09
70-75K 0.35% 0.72% 48.81
75-80K 0.26% 0.57% 45.85
80-85K 0.20% 0.46% 43.17
85-90K 0.15% 0.37% 40.73
90-95K 0.12% 0.31% 38.52
95-100K 0.09% 0.25% 36.51
100K + 0.37% 1.34% 27.55

Local Map of the constituency
Caerphilly - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Caerphilly - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (4.11%)
Conservative (-  7.37%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.27%) Plaid Cymru (-  0.02%)
Conservative (0.63%) Liberal Democrat (1.17%) Plaid Cymru (11.36%)
Labour (-  9.62%)
Con - 7.37%
Lab 4.11%
LD - 0.27%
PC - 0.02%
Con 0.63%
Lab - 9.62%
LD 1.17%
PC 11.36%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Wayne David
Labour hold
Con Conservative (11.36%) 4,413 11.36%
Lab Labour (58.19%) 22,597 58.19%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.40%) 3,649 9.40%
PC Plaid Cymru (21.05%) 8,172 21.05%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (37.15%) 14,425 37.15%
Turn Turnout (57.45%) 38,831 57.45%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Wayne David
Labour hold
L Wayne David 22,597 58.19%
LD Rob Roffe 3,649 9.40%
C David Simmonds 4,413 11.36%
PC Lindsay Whittle 8,172 21.05%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Ron Davies
Labour
Con Conservative (10.73%) 4,858 10.73%
Lab Labour (67.81%) 30,697 67.81%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.23%) 3,724 8.23%
PC Plaid Cymru (9.68%) 4,383 9.68%
Ref Referendum (2.95%) 1,337 2.95%
Oth Other (0.60%) 270 0.60%
Maj Majority (57.08%) 25,839 57.08%
Turn Turnout (70.05%) 45,269 70.05%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (18.10%) 9,041 18.10%
Lab Labour (63.70%) 31,713 63.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.50%) 4,247 8.50%
PC Plaid Cymru (9.70%) 4,821 9.70%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (45.50%) 22,672 45.50%
Turn Turnout (76.66%) 49,822 76.66%

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