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Ceredigion
Plaid Cymru hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The Plaid Cymru MP Cynog Dafis resigned to create a by-election in Ceredigion, mid Wales (formerly Cardiganshire, but about six out of ten residents speak Welsh) on his election to the Welsh Assembly in 1999. This was unusual, as most Westminster MPs of all parties in his position simply announced their retirement at the next General Election; but his principles were rewarded when the seat was very comfortably held for the Nationalists, and it now looks safe after a long, predominantly Liberal, history for their new MP (with a slightly less Welsh-sounding name, Simon Thomas).

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Simon Thomas retained this seat for Plaid Cymru at the 2000 byelection following retreat to the Welsh Assembly of the former Plaid MP Cynog Dafis, whose preoccupation with environmentalism he shares. The compete Welsh nationalist apparatchik, born 1964 and educated at Aberdare Boys' School and Aberystwyth University, he has worked for the party in some form for at least 8 years, latterly writing its election manifesto whilst doubling up as a 'community development officer' stimulating rural development through public-private-voluntary sector partnerships. Slim, with short, dark, retreating hair, he is the first male MP known to have worn studs in his ear. South Wales-accented, he learnt Welsh as a young adult, has a zealous air, and cycles.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 8.76% 14.99% 58.45
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 44.61% 2.13% 2,098.09
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.79% 2.49% 112.20
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.26% 4.43% 5.77
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.88% 7.27% 12.06
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 4.93% 2.56% 192.11
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 3.90% 3.94% 98.79
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 17.92% 13.04% 137.42
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 0.25% 12.70% 1.97
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.09% 8.14% 87.12
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 6.88% 4.02% 171.12
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.26% 3.19% 8.19
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 0.78% 11.31% 6.92
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.00% 3.06% 0.00
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.69% 2.52% 27.47
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 10.82% 9.41% 114.93
5-10K 19.96% 16.63% 120.02
10-15K 19.30% 16.58% 116.44
15-20K 14.90% 13.58% 109.70
20-25K 10.59% 10.39% 101.90
25-30K 7.31% 7.77% 93.99
30-35K 5.01% 5.79% 86.44
35-40K 3.44% 4.33% 79.44
40-45K 2.39% 3.27% 73.07
45-50K 1.67% 2.48% 67.31
50-55K 1.18% 1.90% 62.13
55-60K 0.85% 1.47% 57.49
60-65K 0.61% 1.15% 53.33
65-70K 0.45% 0.91% 49.60
70-75K 0.33% 0.72% 46.25
75-80K 0.25% 0.57% 43.24
80-85K 0.19% 0.46% 40.52
85-90K 0.14% 0.37% 38.07
90-95K 0.11% 0.31% 35.84
95-100K 0.08% 0.25% 33.82
100K + 0.34% 1.34% 25.02

Local Map of the constituency
Ceredigion - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Ceredigion - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.70%) Plaid Cymru (10.63%)
Conservative (-  9.11%) Liberal Democrat (- 10.04%)
Conservative (4.56%) Liberal Democrat (10.40%)
Labour (-  8.88%) Plaid Cymru (-  3.36%)
Con - 9.11%
Lab 5.70%
LD - 10.04%
PC 10.63%
Con 4.56%
Lab - 8.88%
LD 10.40%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Simon Thomas
Plaid Cymru hold
Con Conservative (19.45%) 6,730 19.45%
Lab Labour (15.43%) 5,338 15.43%
LD Liberal Democrat (26.87%) 9,297 26.87%
PC Plaid Cymru (38.26%) 13,241 38.26%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (11.40%) 3,944 11.40%
Turn Turnout (61.67%) 34,606 61.67%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Simon Thomas
Plaid Cymru hold
C Paul Davies 6,730 19.45%
L David Grace 5,338 15.43%
PC Simon Thomas 13,241 38.26%
LD Mark Williams 9,297 26.87%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
Byelection Results
By Election (3 February 2000)
Resignation of Cynog Glyndwr Dafis 10 January 2000
Simon Thomas
Plaid Cymru
Con Conservative (16.51%) 4,138 16.51%
Lab Labour (14.41%) 3,612 14.41%
LD Liberal Democrat (23.01%) 5,768 23.01%
PC Plaid Cymru (42.75%) 10,716 42.75%
Oth Other (3.32%) 831 3.32%
Maj Majority (19.74%) 4,948 19.74%
Turn Turnout (46.02%) 25,065 46.02%
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Cynog Dafis
Plaid Cymru
Con Conservative (14.89%) 5,983 14.89%
Lab Labour (24.30%) 9,767 24.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.46%) 6,616 16.46%
PC Plaid Cymru (41.63%) 16,728 41.63%
Ref Referendum (2.72%) 1,092 2.72%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (17.32%) 6,961 17.32%
Turn Turnout (73.90%) 40,186 73.90%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Plaid Cymru
Con Conservative (24.00%) 10,178 24.00%
Lab Labour (18.60%) 7,889 18.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (26.50%) 11,251 26.50%
PC Plaid Cymru (31.00%) 13,144 31.00%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (4.50%) 1,893 4.50%
Turn Turnout (77.96%) 42,462 77.96%

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