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Blaenau Gwent
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Unlike such other South Welsh valley constituencies, such as Islwyn, Rhondda and Llanelli, Michael Foot's former seat resisted the temptation to spring a shock by electing a Plaid Cymru representative in the 1999 Welsh Assembly elections. With a full General Election turnout, it is likely once more to return a Labour MP with a very substantial majority here in the uplands ("blaenau") of the former county of Gwent or Monmouthshire.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Stocky, trim-bearded Walter Ulbricht look-alike, Llew Smith, elected here in 1992, is the less famous, but equally rebellious successor to two Labour icons: Aneurin Bevan and Michael Foot. Born 1944 and educated at Greenfield Secondary Modern School, Newbridge and - via Coleg Harlech - Cardiff University he worked as a labourer at Pilkington Glass and George Wimpeys, before following Neil Kinnock as South Wales WEA organiser and being MEP for SE Wales for ten years. An unbending Campaign Grouper he has missed none of the major rebellions against the Blair government from lone parent benefit cuts to air traffic control privatisation, and publicly fell out with the leadership over his opposition to Welsh devolution. In opposition he also opposed Blair on Clause Four.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 0.19% 14.99% 1.24
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.00% 2.13% 0.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 0.10% 2.49% 4.11
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.04% 4.43% 0.95
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 2.06% 7.27% 28.30
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 0.30% 13.04% 2.28
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 46.80% 12.70% 368.46
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 17.28% 8.14% 212.16
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.18% 4.02% 4.55
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 6.66% 3.19% 209.22
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 15.77% 11.31% 139.42
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.56% 3.06% 18.22
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 10.06% 2.52% 399.37
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 14.85% 9.41% 157.79
5-10K 24.14% 16.63% 145.11
10-15K 20.56% 16.58% 124.02
15-20K 14.10% 13.58% 103.81
20-25K 9.01% 10.39% 86.68
25-30K 5.66% 7.77% 72.75
30-35K 3.56% 5.79% 61.54
35-40K 2.28% 4.33% 52.53
40-45K 1.48% 3.27% 45.24
45-50K 0.98% 2.48% 39.31
50-55K 0.66% 1.90% 34.43
55-60K 0.45% 1.47% 30.39
60-65K 0.31% 1.15% 27.01
65-70K 0.22% 0.91% 24.16
70-75K 0.16% 0.72% 21.74
75-80K 0.11% 0.57% 19.67
80-85K 0.08% 0.46% 17.88
85-90K 0.06% 0.37% 16.33
90-95K 0.05% 0.31% 14.97
95-100K 0.03% 0.25% 13.78
100K + 0.12% 1.34% 9.18

Local Map of the constituency
Blaenau Gwent - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Blaenau Gwent - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (0.47%) Liberal Democrat (2.33%) Plaid Cymru (0.43%)
Conservative (-  3.22%)
Conservative (0.93%) Liberal Democrat (0.56%) Plaid Cymru (5.94%)
Labour (-  7.43%)
Con - 3.22%
Lab 0.47%
LD 2.33%
PC 0.43%
Con 0.93%
Lab - 7.43%
LD 0.56%
PC 5.94%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Llew Smith
Labour hold
Con Conservative (7.51%) 2,383 7.51%
Lab Labour (72.04%) 22,855 72.04%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.28%) 2,945 9.28%
PC Plaid Cymru (11.16%) 3,542 11.16%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (60.88%) 19,313 60.88%
Turn Turnout (59.46%) 31,725 59.46%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Llew Smith
Labour hold
PC Adam Rykala 3,542 11.16%
L Llew Smith 22,855 72.04%
LD Edward Townsend 2,945 9.28%
C Hugh Williams 2,383 7.51%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Llew Smith
Labour
Con Conservative (6.58%) 2,607 6.58%
Lab Labour (79.47%) 31,493 79.47%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.73%) 3,458 8.73%
PC Plaid Cymru (5.23%) 2,072 5.23%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (70.74%) 28,035 70.74%
Turn Turnout (72.32%) 39,630 72.32%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (9.80%) 4,266 9.80%
Lab Labour (79.00%) 34,333 79.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (6.40%) 2,774 6.40%
PC Plaid Cymru (4.80%) 2,099 4.80%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (69.20%) 30,067 69.20%
Turn Turnout (77.39%) 43,472 77.39%

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