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Newport East
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
In 1997 the Yorkshire and NUM miners leader Arthur Scargill presented himself for election to parliament for the first time in a long and controversial career. He did not stand anywhere near his home base in Barnsley, but in Newport East in South Wales. This seemed an odd choice, for although strongly associated with heavy industry, in particular steel through its giant Llanwern works, Newport has no direct connections with coal. The explanation was that the founder and leader of the Socialist Labour Party wished to make a gesture against the selection in this ancestral Labour seat of the Conservative member for Stratford on Avon in the previous Parliament, the defector Alan Howarth, who was thus granted a safe seat in an area unfamiliar to him. Scargill ended up with 1,951 votes. Howarth got 21,481.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Alan Howarth, Labour MP here since being airlifted in at the last minute in 1997, is the first of the small batch of Conservative MPs who did a Sir Shortly Floorcross in reverse by showing it was perfectly possible for public school and Oxbridge Tory MPs to go Labour. A former Thatcherite education minister, he was elected for Stratford-upon-Avon in 1983 after a short Central Office career, but as a liberal on social policy trailed his anxieties in The Guardian and crossed the floor in 1995. Born 1944, son of Tom Howarth, High Master of St. Paul's School, he was educated at Rugby and King's, Cambridge. A tall, introverted man of austere look, he now has the luckless task of watching the dismantling of the huge Llanwern steelworks whilst serving, scarcely congruently, as Arts Minister.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 13.06% 14.99% 87.07
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.27% 2.13% 12.52
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.04% 2.49% 1.74
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 7.06% 4.43% 159.53
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.74% 7.27% 51.45
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.18% 2.56% 7.01
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.18% 3.94% 4.56
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 13.67% 13.04% 104.82
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 29.36% 12.70% 231.12
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 5.46% 8.14% 67.01
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.68% 4.02% 66.67
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 1.74% 3.19% 54.73
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 15.91% 11.31% 140.70
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.06% 3.06% 67.21
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.96% 2.52% 117.39
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 1.64% 2.10% 77.95
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 9.24% 9.41% 98.16
5-10K 18.08% 16.63% 108.68
10-15K 18.26% 16.58% 110.16
15-20K 14.61% 13.58% 107.57
20-25K 10.73% 10.39% 103.20
25-30K 7.64% 7.77% 98.29
30-35K 5.41% 5.79% 93.46
35-40K 3.86% 4.33% 88.98
40-45K 2.77% 3.27% 84.96
45-50K 2.02% 2.48% 81.40
50-55K 1.49% 1.90% 78.27
55-60K 1.11% 1.47% 75.53
60-65K 0.84% 1.15% 73.13
65-70K 0.64% 0.91% 71.02
70-75K 0.50% 0.72% 69.16
75-80K 0.39% 0.57% 67.52
80-85K 0.31% 0.46% 66.06
85-90K 0.24% 0.37% 64.75
90-95K 0.19% 0.31% 63.58
95-100K 0.16% 0.25% 62.53
100K + 0.78% 1.34% 57.91

Local Map of the constituency
Newport East - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Newport East - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (2.65%) Plaid Cymru (1.94%)
Conservative (- 10.04%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.49%)
Conservative (1.80%) Liberal Democrat (3.63%) Plaid Cymru (2.92%)
Labour (-  2.93%)
Con - 10.04%
Lab 2.65%
LD - 1.49%
PC 1.94%
Con 1.80%
Lab - 2.93%
LD 3.63%
PC 2.92%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alan Howarth
Labour hold
Con Conservative (23.16%) 7,246 23.16%
Lab Labour (54.73%) 17,120 54.73%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.05%) 4,394 14.05%
PC Plaid Cymru (4.86%) 1,519 4.86%
Oth Other (3.21%) 1,003 3.21%
Maj Majority (31.56%) 9,874 31.56%
Turn Turnout (55.74%) 31,282 55.74%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alan Howarth
Labour hold
PC Madoc Batcup 1,519 4.86%
LD Alistair Cameron 4,394 14.05%
CM Robert Griffiths 173 0.55%
L Alan Howarth 17,120 54.73%
C Ian Oakley 7,246 23.16%
UK Neal Reynolds 410 1.31%
SL Liz Screen 420 1.34%
Candidates representing 7 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Roy Hughes
Labour
Con Conservative (21.36%) 7,958 21.36%
Lab Labour (57.65%) 21,481 57.65%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.41%) 3,880 10.41%
PC Plaid Cymru (1.94%) 721 1.94%
Ref Referendum (3.40%) 1,267 3.40%
Oth Other (5.24%) 1,951 5.24%
Maj Majority (36.30%) 13,523 36.30%
Turn Turnout (73.06%) 37,258 73.06%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (31.40%) 13,151 31.40%
Lab Labour (55.00%) 23,050 55.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.90%) 4,991 11.90%
Oth Other (1.70%) 716 1.70%
Maj Majority (23.60%) 9,899 23.60%
Turn Turnout (81.25%) 41,908 81.25%

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