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Neath
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Neath is one of those many South Wales industrial valley constituencies which run in north-south strips along the dips in the folded and ridged landscape. It includes most of the Neath and Dulais valleys, and some of the Upper Swansea valley. At the southern end of the seat is the medium sized town of Neath itself. The lower reaches of the valleys are almost entirely given over to industry - at one time coal, later aluminium and engineering; many of the hillsides have been afforested for timber. This is all fairly typical for South Wales, and it shares many aspects of culture and social history too: the chapels, from which the sound of singing used to reverberate around the valleys, the rugby union grounds where it still does, and constantly the tradition of voting Labour, which gives even Peter Hain, who once famously disrupted a series of rugby games when trying to stop his native South African team from touring in the days of apartheid, a 27,000 majority here. Whisper it softly - politics may be even more important than rugby to some people even here.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Peter Hain, as Minister of State at the Foreign Office, wrote a highly prescient Fabian booklet in January 2001 entitled The End of Foreign Policy, for that is precisely what it was for him, as he was reshuffled immediately to the DTI as Energy Minister. He is a successful graft onto the Labour stem of a radical Liberal who made his name as an anti-Springbok campaigner and South African-framed alleged bank robber. Elected here in 1991 notwithstanding his earlier Rugby-cancelling activities, he is one of the Blair government’s residual Keynesians, of the sort who might at least theoretically justify a change of gear on public spending. Born 1950, educated in Pretoria until his radical anti-Apartheid parents moved to England, and then at Emanuel School, Wandsworth and Sussex University, he has handsome good looks and, like a good many politicians, is something of a solitary nature.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 8.55% 14.99% 57.01
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.02% 2.49% 0.66
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 2.67% 4.43% 60.34
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 6.20% 7.27% 85.20
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 0.23% 3.94% 5.94
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 12.40% 13.04% 95.10
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 26.29% 12.70% 206.94
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 30.42% 8.14% 373.62
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.58% 4.02% 14.51
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.41% 3.19% 138.32
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 7.04% 11.31% 62.20
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.49% 3.06% 16.15
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.70% 2.52% 27.91
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 11.17% 9.41% 118.68
£5-10K 19.68% 16.63% 118.32
£10-15K 18.74% 16.58% 113.05
£15-20K 14.47% 13.58% 106.53
£20-25K 10.37% 10.39% 99.78
£25-30K 7.25% 7.77% 93.23
£30-35K 5.04% 5.79% 87.07
£35-40K 3.53% 4.33% 81.37
£40-45K 2.49% 3.27% 76.13
£45-50K 1.77% 2.48% 71.35
£50-55K 1.28% 1.90% 67.00
£55-60K 0.93% 1.47% 63.02
£60-65K 0.68% 1.15% 59.41
£65-70K 0.51% 0.91% 56.10
£70-75K 0.38% 0.72% 53.08
£75-80K 0.29% 0.57% 50.31
£80-85K 0.22% 0.46% 47.77
£85-90K 0.17% 0.37% 45.44
£90-95K 0.13% 0.31% 43.28
£95-100K 0.10% 0.25% 41.29
£100K + 0.43% 1.34% 31.87

Local Map of the constituency
Neath - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Neath - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (5.53%) Liberal Democrat (0.90%)
Conservative (-  6.51%) Plaid Cymru (-  3.19%)
Conservative (0.76%) Liberal Democrat (3.23%) Plaid Cymru (10.27%)
Labour (- 12.84%)
Con - 6.51%
Lab 5.53%
LD 0.90%
PC - 3.19%
Con 0.76%
Lab - 12.84%
LD 3.23%
PC 10.27%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Peter Hain
Labour hold
Con Conservative (9.45%) 3,310 9.45%
Lab Labour (60.69%) 21,253 60.69%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.52%) 3,335 9.52%
PC Plaid Cymru (18.38%) 6,437 18.38%
Oth Other (1.96%) 685 1.96%
Maj Majority (42.31%) 14,816 42.31%
Turn Turnout (62.42%) 35,020 62.42%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Peter Hain
Labour hold
P Gerardo Brienza 202 0.58%
LD David Davies 3,335 9.52%
C David Devine 3,310 9.45%
L Peter Hain 21,253 60.69%
PC Alun Llywelyn 6,437 18.38%
SA Huw Pudner 483 1.38%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Peter Hain
Labour
Con Conservative (8.69%) 3,583 8.69%
Lab Labour (73.53%) 30,324 73.53%
LD Liberal Democrat (6.30%) 2,597 6.30%
PC Plaid Cymru (8.11%) 3,344 8.11%
Ref Referendum (2.36%) 975 2.36%
Oth Other (1.02%) 420 1.02%
Maj Majority (64.84%) 26,741 64.84%
Turn Turnout (74.28%) 41,243 74.28%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (15.20%) 6,928 15.20%
Lab Labour (68.00%) 30,903 68.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (5.40%) 2,467 5.40%
PC Plaid Cymru (11.30%) 5,145 11.30%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (52.80%) 23,975 52.80%
Turn Turnout (79.86%) 45,443 79.86%

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