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Torfaen
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The furthest east of the series of seats that cover the great South Wales valleys, this constituency has two elements, which are compatible enough: the older residential and industrial, mainly ex-mining, areas around Pontypool; and the New Town of Cwmbran. Both are strongly Labour, and in general elections return the Secretary of State for Wales, Paul Murphy. In the Welsh assembly elections a very strange result occurred. Labour were well ahead then too, and second and third places in the first past the post Torfaen contest were taken by two Independent candidates. Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats tied for fourth with 2,614 vote of 10.93pc each - and the Conservatives finished an inglorious sixth.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Paul Murphy, Secretary of State for Wales, was first elected here in 1987 as a lacklustre-seeming replacement for the exotic Leo Abse, but reached the front bench as early as 1988. He earned his Cabinet seat by his role as a negotiator of the Good Friday Agreement, as the statutory Catholic minister in the Northern Ireland Office. He was born 1948, the son of a Welsh-Irish Catholic miner and educated at West Monmouth School, Pontypool and Oriel College Oxford, and was a FE college lecturer in Ebbw Vale for 16 years. Safe but uncharismatic, his lugubrious countenance is well suited to the imminent destruction of his area's main single source of employment, the Llanwern steelworks.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 2.61% 14.99% 17.38
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.16% 2.49% 6.55
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 5.79% 4.43% 130.76
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 5.82% 7.27% 80.05
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 2.83% 13.04% 21.74
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 26.58% 12.70% 209.21
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 20.94% 8.14% 257.20
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.65% 4.02% 16.19
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 6.55% 3.19% 205.77
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 22.44% 11.31% 198.37
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.70% 3.06% 22.96
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 4.92% 2.52% 195.42
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 12.12% 9.41% 128.76
5-10K 20.66% 16.63% 124.23
10-15K 19.14% 16.58% 115.48
15-20K 14.39% 13.58% 105.97
20-25K 10.08% 10.39% 96.99
25-30K 6.91% 7.77% 88.93
30-35K 4.74% 5.79% 81.84
35-40K 3.28% 4.33% 75.63
40-45K 2.29% 3.27% 70.19
45-50K 1.62% 2.48% 65.39
50-55K 1.16% 1.90% 61.13
55-60K 0.85% 1.47% 57.35
60-65K 0.62% 1.15% 53.97
65-70K 0.46% 0.91% 50.93
70-75K 0.35% 0.72% 48.19
75-80K 0.26% 0.57% 45.72
80-85K 0.20% 0.46% 43.47
85-90K 0.16% 0.37% 41.42
90-95K 0.12% 0.31% 39.55
95-100K 0.09% 0.25% 37.84
100K + 0.40% 1.34% 30.05

Local Map of the constituency
Torfaen - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Torfaen - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (4.96%)
Conservative (-  7.98%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.96%) Plaid Cymru (-  0.19%)
Conservative (3.58%) Plaid Cymru (5.31%)
Labour (-  6.96%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.97%)
Con - 7.98%
Lab 4.96%
LD - 0.96%
PC - 0.19%
Con 3.58%
Lab - 6.96%
LD - 0.97%
PC 5.31%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Paul Murphy
Labour hold
Con Conservative (15.90%) 5,603 15.90%
Lab Labour (62.09%) 21,883 62.09%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.17%) 3,936 11.17%
PC Plaid Cymru (7.72%) 2,720 7.72%
Oth Other (3.12%) 1,100 3.12%
Maj Majority (46.19%) 16,280 46.19%
Turn Turnout (57.67%) 35,242 57.67%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Paul Murphy
Labour hold
SA Steve Bell 443 1.26%
C Jason Evans 5,603 15.90%
LD Alan Masters 3,936 11.17%
L Paul Murphy 21,883 62.09%
PC Stephen Smith 2,720 7.72%
UK Brenda Vipass 657 1.86%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Paul Murphy
Labour
Con Conservative (12.32%) 5,327 12.32%
Lab Labour (69.06%) 29,863 69.06%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.14%) 5,249 12.14%
PC Plaid Cymru (2.41%) 1,042 2.41%
Ref Referendum (2.88%) 1,245 2.88%
Oth Other (1.20%) 519 1.20%
Maj Majority (56.74%) 24,536 56.74%
Turn Turnout (71.67%) 43,245 71.67%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (20.30%) 9,598 20.30%
Lab Labour (64.10%) 30,352 64.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.10%) 6,178 13.10%
PC Plaid Cymru (2.60%) 1,210 2.60%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (43.80%) 20,754 43.80%
Turn Turnout (76.69%) 47,338 76.69%

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