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Welsh assembly election
constituency
Monmouth
CON Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
David Davies
CON
15989
57.5
16.7
Sian James
LAB
7479
26.9
-5.4
Alison Willott
LD
2973
10.7
-3.9
Stephen Thomas
PC
1355
4.9
-1.3
MAJORITY 
8510
30.6
TURNOUT 
28022
44.9
-6.5
ELECTORATE
62451

DESCRIPTION: Monmouth
Monmouth was the only one of the 40 first-past-the-post Welsh constituencies to vote a Conservative into the assembly in 1999. This was a return to tradition for this most anglicised of Welsh constituencies, which for many years was at the centre of a dispute over whether it was in Wales at all, because although Monmouth has had a Labour MP since 1997, it had usually been Tory in the past. Labour has had previous success here: in 1991 the current MP, Huw Edwards, won a famous by-election victory - only to lose the seat and then win it back again in subsequent general elections. Before that, the only time Labour had won here was in 1966. The Conservative AM, David Davies, is also one of the most outspoken and prominent politicians in Cardiff Bay. All this makes the battle here one of the most interesting of this election.

Monmouth has a very small number of Welsh-speakers, delivered the highest proportion of No votes in the devolution referendum and many of its residents work over the border in England. It is a largely prosperous, rural area which includes the towns of Monmouth, Abergavenny and Usk. The picturesque Wye and Usk valleys are home to many seeking a countryside idyll in Wales. Despite its lush countryside and striking castles and abbeys, tourism is under-developed in the area and most major employers are situated outside the constituency boundaries.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 WELSH ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS
CON WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
CON
12950
40.8
LAB
10238
32.3
LD
4639
14.6
PC
1964
6.2
TFPW
1911
6
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
19021
42.8
CON
18637
41.9
LD
5080
11.4
PC
1068
2.4
UKIP
656
1.5
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