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Cynon Valley
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Labour held on to Cynon Valley (which includes Aberdare and Mountain Ash) by less than 1,000 votes in the May 1999 Welsh Assembly elections. This may well be a high-water mark for Plaid Cymru in a set of elections whose circumstances favoured them - a Welsh focus; an apparent attempt by Labour's HQ in England to foist a leader on the Welsh party; a midterm date; and a low turnout. As with other valley seats producing deviant results (from the mainstream of South Welsh history, anyway) a return to the norm is likely in 2001.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Ann Clwyd, a blonde fringed former journalist dropped by Blair from the frontbench in 1995 for going AWOL amongst the Kurds, was destined for the chop anyway as an awkward squaddie, a vituperative third world human rights campaigner and simply too old. Born 1937 and educated at Queen’s School Chester and Bangor University, she as a North Welsh woman was parachuted into the boyo culture of South Wales, and was never on easy terms with the Whip Ray Powell, who secured her sacking. So under the Blair government she has been a woman-for-(nearly)-all-rebellions, on lone parent benefit cuts, Murdoch’s predatory pricing, freedom of information, means testing of disability benefits, jury trial curbs, linking pensions to average earnings, and air traffic control privatisation.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 1.71% 14.99% 11.38
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.19% 2.13% 8.72
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.32% 2.49% 12.81
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.64% 4.43% 37.06
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 5.02% 7.27% 68.95
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 5.26% 13.04% 40.33
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 52.82% 12.70% 415.82
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 12.93% 8.14% 158.74
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.04% 4.02% 1.00
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.52% 3.19% 173.21
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 8.89% 11.31% 78.61
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.69% 3.06% 22.65
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 4.99% 2.52% 198.01
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 13.72% 9.41% 145.70
£5-10K 22.65% 16.63% 136.19
£10-15K 19.93% 16.58% 120.23
£15-20K 14.25% 13.58% 104.92
£20-25K 9.54% 10.39% 91.75
£25-30K 6.28% 7.77% 80.79
£30-35K 4.15% 5.79% 71.71
£35-40K 2.78% 4.33% 64.17
£40-45K 1.89% 3.27% 57.86
£45-50K 1.30% 2.48% 52.54
£50-55K 0.91% 1.90% 48.02
£55-60K 0.65% 1.47% 44.13
£60-65K 0.47% 1.15% 40.77
£65-70K 0.34% 0.91% 37.85
£70-75K 0.25% 0.72% 35.28
£75-80K 0.19% 0.57% 33.01
£80-85K 0.14% 0.46% 30.99
£85-90K 0.11% 0.37% 29.19
£90-95K 0.08% 0.31% 27.57
£95-100K 0.07% 0.25% 26.10
£100K + 0.26% 1.34% 19.69

Local Map of the constituency
Cynon Valley - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Cynon Valley - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (0.63%) Liberal Democrat (3.35%)
Conservative (-  6.13%) Plaid Cymru (-  0.37%)
Conservative (0.82%) Plaid Cymru (6.76%)
Labour (-  4.13%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.92%)
Con - 6.13%
Lab 0.63%
LD 3.35%
PC - 0.37%
Con 0.82%
Lab - 4.13%
LD - 0.92%
PC 6.76%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ann Clwyd
Labour hold
Con Conservative (7.59%) 2,045 7.59%
Lab Labour (65.60%) 17,685 65.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.43%) 2,541 9.43%
PC Plaid Cymru (17.39%) 4,687 17.39%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (48.22%) 12,998 48.22%
Turn Turnout (48590.48%) 26,958 48590.48%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ann Clwyd
Labour hold
L Ann Clwyd 17,685 65.60%
PC Steven Cornelius 4,687 17.39%
LD Ian Parry 2,541 9.43%
C Julian Waters 2,045 7.59%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Ann Clwyd
Labour
Con Conservative (6.77%) 2,262 6.77%
Lab Labour (69.73%) 23,307 69.73%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.35%) 3,459 10.35%
PC Plaid Cymru (10.63%) 3,552 10.63%
Ref Referendum (2.53%) 844 2.53%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (59.10%) 19,755 59.10%
Turn Turnout (69.22%) 33,424 69.22%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (12.90%) 4,890 12.90%
Lab Labour (69.10%) 26,254 69.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.00%) 2,667 7.00%
PC Plaid Cymru (11.00%) 4,186 11.00%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (56.20%) 21,364 56.20%
Turn Turnout (75.95%) 37,997 75.95%

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