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Readers Poll Con 52% Lab 28% LD 18% Nat 2% Enter your vote to win 1M

Brecon & Radnorshire
Liberal Democrat hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
One of the Liberal Democrats' most vulnerable seats in all of Britain must be Brecon and Radnor in mid-Wales. Not only is their redoubtable campaigner Richard Livsey retiring - he won this three way marginal in the 1985 by-election, and in the General Elections in 1987 and 1997; but it should be remembered that the Conservatives won here in 1992, and also polled the most votes within the seat in the 1999 Euro-elections, with the Lib Dems in third place. It will be a tough task for Roger Williams to hold on in one of the ten seats with the highest proportion of those employed in agriculture, a huge chunk of mid Wales (this has the largest area of any seat in the principality at just over 300,000 hectares).

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
With the retirement of Richard Livsey - once cruelly-dubbed by a former Tory opponent as having "the personality of a cow-pat", the Liberal Democrats are fielding here Roger Williams, a pudgy-faced farmer and local councillor and seasoned campaigner on farming a rural concerns, who was born in 1948 and educated at Christ's College , Brecon and Selwyn College, Cambridge - exactly the same educational pedigree as the Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes. The Conservatives are seeking to retake this seat with the exotic Dr. Felix Aubel, a "single-with-partner Congregational Minister," former teacher and university lecturer, born 1960, and educated in a Pontypridd comprehensive and at Lampeter and Cardiff Universities.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 9.62% 14.99% 64.17
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 27.27% 2.13% 1,282.72
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.75% 2.49% 110.76
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.23% 4.43% 27.72
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.03% 7.27% 0.38
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.64% 2.56% 25.03
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 2.60% 3.94% 66.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 19.13% 13.04% 146.74
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 5.86% 12.70% 46.10
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 14.89% 8.14% 182.88
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 7.35% 4.02% 182.67
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.39% 3.19% 74.99
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 6.23% 11.31% 55.10
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.00% 3.06% 0.00
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.00% 2.52% 0.00
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 4.70
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 10.30% 9.41% 109.39
5-10K 18.86% 16.63% 113.37
10-15K 18.55% 16.58% 111.86
15-20K 14.59% 13.58% 107.44
20-25K 10.59% 10.39% 101.93
25-30K 7.48% 7.77% 96.26
30-35K 5.26% 5.79% 90.84
35-40K 3.72% 4.33% 85.84
40-45K 2.65% 3.27% 81.30
45-50K 1.92% 2.48% 77.21
50-55K 1.40% 1.90% 73.54
55-60K 1.04% 1.47% 70.23
60-65K 0.77% 1.15% 67.27
65-70K 0.59% 0.91% 64.59
70-75K 0.45% 0.72% 62.17
75-80K 0.34% 0.57% 59.98
80-85K 0.27% 0.46% 57.99
85-90K 0.21% 0.37% 56.18
90-95K 0.17% 0.31% 54.52
95-100K 0.13% 0.25% 53.00
100K + 0.62% 1.34% 45.94

Local Map of the constituency
Brecon & Radnorshire - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Brecon & Radnorshire - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (0.34%) Liberal Democrat (5.05%) Plaid Cymru (0.55%)
Conservative (-  7.14%)
Conservative (5.88%) Plaid Cymru (2.02%)
Labour (-  5.25%) Liberal Democrat (-  4.00%)
Con - 7.14%
Lab 0.34%
LD 5.05%
PC 0.55%
Con 5.88%
Lab - 5.25%
LD - 4.00%
PC 2.02%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Roger Williams
Liberal Democrat hold
Con Conservative (34.85%) 13,073 34.85%
Lab Labour (21.39%) 8,024 21.39%
LD Liberal Democrat (36.85%) 13,824 36.85%
PC Plaid Cymru (3.47%) 1,301 3.47%
Oth Other (3.45%) 1,294 3.45%
Maj Majority (2.00%) 751 2.00%
Turn Turnout (71.81%) 37,516 71.81%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Roger Williams
Liberal Democrat hold
C Felix Aubel 13,073 34.85%
L Huw Irranca-Davis 8,024 21.39%
IM Ian Mitchell 762 2.03%
IN Robert Nicholson 80 0.21%
PC Brynach Parri 1,301 3.47%
UK Elizabeth Phillips 452 1.20%
LD Roger Williams 13,824 36.85%
Candidates representing 7 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Richard Livsey
Liberal Democrat gain
Con Conservative (28.96%) 12,419 28.96%
Lab Labour (26.64%) 11,424 26.64%
LD Liberal Democrat (40.85%) 17,516 40.85%
PC Plaid Cymru (1.45%) 622 1.45%
Ref Referendum (2.10%) 900 2.10%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (11.89%) 5,097 11.89%
Turn Turnout (82.24%) 42,881 82.24%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (36.10%) 15,977 36.10%
Lab Labour (26.30%) 11,634 26.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (35.80%) 15,847 35.80%
PC Plaid Cymru (0.90%) 418 0.90%
Oth Other (0.90%) 393 0.90%
Maj Majority (0.30%) 130 0.30%
Turn Turnout (84.34%) 44,269 84.34%

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