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Welsh assembly election
constituency
Neath
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Gwenda Thomas
LAB
11332
51.1
5.6
Alun Llewelyn
PC
6386
28.8
-7.0
Helen Jones
LD
2048
9.2
-0.6
Chris Smart
CON
2011
9.1
2.0
Huw Pudner
WSAW
410
1.8
1.8
MAJORITY 
4946
22.3
TURNOUT 
22373
39.4
-8.8
ELECTORATE
56759

DESCRIPTION: Neath
Neath has long been a parliamentary Labour seat. In 1991 it gained a high-profile MP with the by-election victory of Peter Hain, now secretary of state for Wales. Mr Hain came to prominence as the Young Liberal leader of the anti-apartheid protests against the South African rugby tourists in the late 1960s. But even such a fervent rugby town as Neath did not hold that against him and he has continued to hold the seat comfortably.

The constituency is centred on the town of Neath and surrounding valleys, which have a substantial Welsh-speaking population. The area used to be a centre for copper-smelting and coal mining, and industries that use steel are still important. As in many former mining communities, large numbers of people travel out of the constituency to work in the new industrial estates of the coastal belt.

This is one of the heartland Labour areas where Plaid Cymru performed well in the first assembly election, although Labour actually won. But in the 2001 general election the Plaid vote halved in percentage terms, and Labour resumed its traditional dominance. The constituency is part of the Neath and Port Talbot local authority area, which voted Yes in the 1997 referendum by a majority of 18,267 - 66% of the vote in that area, the biggest single Yes percentage in Wales.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 WELSH ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
12234
45.5
PC
9616
35.7
LD
2631
9.8
CON
1895
7
US
519
1.9
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
21253
60.7
PC
6437
18.4
LD
3335
9.5
CON
3310
9.5
SA
483
1.4
PLA
202
0.6
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