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Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The first great boom town of the Industrial Revolution in the South Wales valleys, and one of the leading coal and iron producing towns in the world in the early nineteenth Century, Merthyr Tydfil turned to Labour very early (Keir Hardie, the first Labour parliamentary leader, sat here from 1900 till his death in 1915), and has never abandoned that tradition, although the octogenarian sitting MP S.O.Davies won as an independent in 1970 after being deselected on grounds of age; that scarcely counts as negating old loyalties, and Ted Rowlands, who won the by-election caused by Davies's demise in 1972 is still here, having notched up a majority of over 27,000, Labour's fourth safest anywhere, in 1997.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Dai Havard, fringe-bearded Welsh secretary of the MSF Union, is Labour's replacement for Ted Rowlands, in a seat that has seen only two MPs in 64 years. He is local boy, born in 1950 at the bottom end of Merthyr Vale, at Quaker's Yard, into a family that switched from attended local secondary modern, grammar-technical and high schools and - eventually - Warwick University. Previously working in "jobbing maintenance" and with various unions, as MSF's head man in Wales, he pioneered postal balloting of his union members to give greater legitimacy to the Welsh Assembly Labour leadership election.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 2.11% 14.99% 14.10
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.06% 2.13% 2.79
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.00% 2.49% 0.00
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.54% 4.43% 34.87
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 2.75% 7.27% 37.75
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 3.80% 13.04% 29.18
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 46.23% 12.70% 363.95
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 10.18% 8.14% 124.95
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.03% 4.02% 0.65
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.80% 3.19% 87.79
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 23.49% 11.31% 207.72
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.39% 3.06% 45.44
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 5.62% 2.52% 223.06
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 14.74% 9.41% 156.57
5-10K 24.62% 16.63% 148.05
10-15K 20.87% 16.58% 125.88
15-20K 14.17% 13.58% 104.35
20-25K 8.99% 10.39% 86.48
25-30K 5.62% 7.77% 72.30
30-35K 3.54% 5.79% 61.19
35-40K 2.27% 4.33% 52.47
40-45K 1.49% 3.27% 45.59
45-50K 1.00% 2.48% 40.11
50-55K 0.68% 1.90% 35.69
55-60K 0.47% 1.47% 32.09
60-65K 0.34% 1.15% 29.12
65-70K 0.24% 0.91% 26.64
70-75K 0.18% 0.72% 24.55
75-80K 0.13% 0.57% 22.77
80-85K 0.10% 0.46% 21.24
85-90K 0.07% 0.37% 19.91
90-95K 0.06% 0.31% 18.74
95-100K 0.04% 0.25% 17.72
100K + 0.18% 1.34% 13.51

Local Map of the constituency
Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.08%)
Conservative (-  4.69%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.82%) Plaid Cymru (-  0.11%)
Conservative (0.76%) Liberal Democrat (0.05%) Plaid Cymru (8.69%)
Labour (- 14.90%)
Con - 4.69%
Lab 5.08%
LD - 3.82%
PC - 0.11%
Con 0.76%
Lab - 14.90%
LD 0.05%
PC 8.69%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Dai Havard
Labour hold
Con Conservative (7.17%) 2,272 7.17%
Lab Labour (61.78%) 19,574 61.78%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.53%) 2,385 7.53%
PC Plaid Cymru (14.68%) 4,651 14.68%
Oth Other (8.84%) 2,802 8.84%
Maj Majority (47.10%) 14,923 47.10%
Turn Turnout (57.22%) 31,684 57.22%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Dai Havard
Labour hold
C Richard Cuming 2,272 7.17%
I Jeff Edwards 1,936 6.11%
SL Ken Evans 692 2.18%
L Dai Havard 19,574 61.78%
PC Robert Hughes 4,651 14.68%
P Anthony Lewis 174 0.55%
LD Keith Rogers 2,385 7.53%
Candidates representing 7 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Ted Rowlands
Labour
Con Conservative (6.41%) 2,508 6.41%
Lab Labour (76.68%) 30,012 76.68%
LD Liberal Democrat (7.48%) 2,926 7.48%
PC Plaid Cymru (5.99%) 2,344 5.99%
Ref Referendum (1.69%) 660 1.69%
Oth Other (1.77%) 691 1.77%
Maj Majority (69.20%) 27,086 69.20%
Turn Turnout (69.27%) 39,141 69.27%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (11.10%) 4,904 11.10%
Lab Labour (71.60%) 31,710 71.60%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.30%) 4,997 11.30%
PC Plaid Cymru (6.10%) 2,704 6.10%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (60.30%) 26,713 60.30%
Turn Turnout (75.19%) 44,315 75.19%

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