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Pontypridd
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
As with most of the South Wales valley seats, Plaid Cymru pressed Labour closely in the first past the post constituency section of the first ever Assembly elections, held in May 1999; as with the others, they are very unlikely to do so again in the very different circumstance of a United Kingdom General Election in 2001, especially as New Labour will not again be so foolish as to present the Welsh voters with three potential leaders within the space of a few months.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Dr Kim Howells, junior DTI minister, elected at a by-election in 1989, has travelled the full distance from organiser of the 1968 Hornsey College of Art sit-in, and three years in the CP, to pronouncing the end of the 'S' (for socialism) word in 1996, for which apostasy he probably owes his ministerial car at the dangerously advanced age of 55. Born 1946, son of a Communist lorry driver, he attended Mountain Ash Grammar School, Hornsey College of Art, Cambridgeshire College of Arts & Technology and Warwick University, and worked successively as a lecturer, broadcaster and NUM research officer. A gregarious, extrovert boyo, as a former opponent of devolution he came to endorse it, but on age grounds alone the backbenches must beckon in 2001. In April this year he pronounced the Royal Family "a bit bonkers".
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 11.84% 14.99% 78.94
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.30% 2.49% 12.15
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 9.49% 4.43% 214.49
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 14.40% 7.27% 197.95
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.81% 2.56% 31.74
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.06% 2.04% 3.07
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 3.15% 3.94% 79.94
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 8.92% 13.04% 68.38
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 22.69% 12.70% 178.64
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 9.89% 8.14% 121.49
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.17% 4.02% 54.08
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.12% 3.19% 129.48
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 8.77% 11.31% 77.51
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.25% 3.06% 8.11
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 3.05% 2.52% 121.03
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.08% 0.06% 126.86
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 9.58% 9.41% 101.74
5-10K 16.89% 16.63% 101.53
10-15K 17.09% 16.58% 103.10
15-20K 14.10% 13.58% 103.77
20-25K 10.72% 10.39% 103.15
25-30K 7.89% 7.77% 101.55
30-35K 5.75% 5.79% 99.35
35-40K 4.20% 4.33% 96.88
40-45K 3.08% 3.27% 94.32
45-50K 2.28% 2.48% 91.81
50-55K 1.70% 1.90% 89.39
55-60K 1.28% 1.47% 87.10
60-65K 0.98% 1.15% 84.95
65-70K 0.75% 0.91% 82.94
70-75K 0.58% 0.72% 81.05
75-80K 0.46% 0.57% 79.28
80-85K 0.36% 0.46% 77.63
85-90K 0.28% 0.37% 76.07
90-95K 0.23% 0.31% 74.60
95-100K 0.18% 0.25% 73.22
100K + 0.88% 1.34% 65.70

Local Map of the constituency
Pontypridd - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Pontypridd - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (3.08%) Liberal Democrat (4.94%)
Conservative (-  7.41%) Plaid Cymru (-  2.61%)
Conservative (0.41%) Plaid Cymru (7.29%)
Labour (-  3.93%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.60%)
Con - 7.41%
Lab 3.08%
LD 4.94%
PC - 2.61%
Con 0.41%
Lab - 3.93%
LD - 2.60%
PC 7.29%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Kim Howells
Labour hold
Con Conservative (13.30%) 5,096 13.30%
Lab Labour (59.94%) 22,963 59.94%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.84%) 4,152 10.84%
PC Plaid Cymru (13.78%) 5,279 13.78%
Oth Other (2.14%) 819 2.14%
Maj Majority (46.16%) 17,684 46.16%
Turn Turnout (57.95%) 38,309 57.95%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Kim Howells
Labour hold
P Joseph Biddulph 216 0.56%
LD Eric Brooke 4,152 10.84%
C Prudence Dailey 5,096 13.30%
PC Bleddyn Hancock 5,279 13.78%
L Kim Howells 22,963 59.94%
UK Sue Warry 603 1.57%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Kim Howells
Labour
Con Conservative (12.89%) 5,910 12.89%
Lab Labour (63.88%) 29,290 63.88%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.44%) 6,161 13.44%
PC Plaid Cymru (6.49%) 2,977 6.49%
Ref Referendum (1.91%) 874 1.91%
Oth Other (1.40%) 643 1.40%
Maj Majority (50.44%) 23,129 50.44%
Turn Turnout (71.44%) 45,855 71.44%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (20.30%) 9,925 20.30%
Lab Labour (60.80%) 29,722 60.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.50%) 4,180 8.50%
PC Plaid Cymru (9.10%) 4,448 9.10%
Oth Other (1.30%) 615 1.30%
Maj Majority (40.50%) 19,797 40.50%
Turn Turnout (76.94%) 48,890 76.94%

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