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Newport West
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Although traditionally the less strongly Labour half of Newport, the majority in West is now almost exactly the same in percentage terms as that in the Newport East seat (36.2pc compared with 36.3pc). This may be due to the fact that the defecting Conservative MP Alan Howarth only increased the Labour share of the vote in East by 2.7pc in 1997, one of the lowest improvements anywhere, while here the left winger Paul Flynn, free of Socialist Labour opposition, did almost five per cent better (just about the figure that Arthur Scargill recorded in Newport East).

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Paul Flynn, fluent, deep-voiced, bearded garden gnome replica and awkward squaddie, resisted "Old Labour vote-rigging and New Labour control freakery" over the election of Labour's Welsh Assembly leader and voted against the government on Murdoch's predatory pricing, the prime minister's power to nominate life peers, incapacity and disability benefit cuts, jury trial curbs, and air traffic control privatisation. Born 1935 and like a growing number of Welsh Labour MPs, of part Irish parentage, he attended St. Illtyd's (RC) College, Cardiff and Cardiff University, worked as an industrial chemist in the steel industry and was elected here in 1983. He campaigns against bull bars on vehicles and for the decriminalisation of soft drugs.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 15.08% 14.99% 100.57
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.85% 2.49% 74.51
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 5.23% 4.43% 118.30
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 7.24% 7.27% 99.61
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.69% 2.56% 104.74
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.47% 2.04% 22.92
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 3.16% 3.94% 80.13
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 13.47% 13.04% 103.31
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 10.40% 12.70% 81.89
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 7.09% 8.14% 87.03
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 4.45% 4.02% 110.66
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.59% 3.19% 144.06
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 15.82% 11.31% 139.88
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 2.75% 3.06% 89.90
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 5.01% 2.52% 198.79
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.69% 2.10% 33.03
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 10.16% 9.41% 107.91
5-10K 17.84% 16.63% 107.27
10-15K 17.37% 16.58% 104.78
15-20K 13.83% 13.58% 101.81
20-25K 10.26% 10.39% 98.75
25-30K 7.45% 7.77% 95.79
30-35K 5.39% 5.79% 92.98
35-40K 3.91% 4.33% 90.34
40-45K 2.87% 3.27% 87.86
45-50K 2.12% 2.48% 85.51
50-55K 1.59% 1.90% 83.29
55-60K 1.20% 1.47% 81.19
60-65K 0.91% 1.15% 79.18
65-70K 0.70% 0.91% 77.26
70-75K 0.54% 0.72% 75.43
75-80K 0.42% 0.57% 73.68
80-85K 0.33% 0.46% 71.99
85-90K 0.26% 0.37% 70.38
90-95K 0.21% 0.31% 68.83
95-100K 0.17% 0.25% 67.34
100K + 0.79% 1.34% 58.97

Local Map of the constituency
Newport West - Local Map of the constituency

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Newport West - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (7.42%) Liberal Democrat (0.22%) Plaid Cymru (1.61%)
Conservative (- 11.64%)
Conservative (1.83%) Liberal Democrat (1.96%) Plaid Cymru (5.55%)
Labour (-  7.79%)
Con - 11.64%
Lab 7.42%
LD 0.22%
PC 1.61%
Con 1.83%
Lab - 7.79%
LD 1.96%
PC 5.55%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Paul Flynn
Labour hold
Con Conservative (26.20%) 9,185 26.20%
Lab Labour (52.73%) 18,489 52.73%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.68%) 4,095 11.68%
PC Plaid Cymru (7.16%) 2,510 7.16%
Oth Other (2.24%) 784 2.24%
Maj Majority (26.54%) 9,304 26.54%
Turn Turnout (58.69%) 35,063 58.69%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Paul Flynn
Labour hold
BNP Terry Cavill 278 0.79%
L Paul Flynn 18,489 52.73%
UK Hugh Moelwyn-Hughes 506 1.44%
C William Morgan 9,185 26.20%
PC Anthony Salkeld 2,510 7.16%
LD Veronica Watkins 4,095 11.68%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Paul Flynn
Labour
Con Conservative (24.36%) 9,794 24.36%
Lab Labour (60.52%) 24,331 60.52%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.72%) 3,907 9.72%
PC Plaid Cymru (1.61%) 648 1.61%
Ref Referendum (2.98%) 1,199 2.98%
Oth Other (0.80%) 323 0.80%
Maj Majority (36.16%) 14,537 36.16%
Turn Turnout (74.57%) 40,202 74.57%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (36.00%) 16,360 36.00%
Lab Labour (53.10%) 24,139 53.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.50%) 4,296 9.50%
Oth Other (1.40%) 653 1.40%
Maj Majority (17.10%) 7,779 17.10%
Turn Turnout (82.19%) 45,448 82.19%

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