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Welsh assembly election
constituency
Rhondda
LAB Gain
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Leighton Andrews
LAB
14170
61.6
21.1
Geraint Davies
PC
6216
27.0
-21.7
Jeffrey Gregory
IND
909
4.0
4.0
Veronica Watkins
LD
680
3.0
-1.7
K T Rajan
UKIP
524
2.3
2.3
Paul Williams
CON
504
2.2
-0.6
MAJORITY 
7954
34.6
TURNOUT 
23213
46.0
-4.5
ELECTORATE
50463

DESCRIPTION: Rhondda
Of all the shocks suffered by Labour in the first assembly elections, probably none was greater than Plaid Cymru’s victory in the Rhondda, a seat traditionally regarded as one of the party's very safest. Defeat here symbolised more than any other the problems affecting Welsh Labour at the time.It is likely that local issues played a large part in Labour’s difficulties, particularly the controversy over the local council’s role in managing the Nantygwyddon waste tip. On the same day as the assembly election, Plaid Cymru also gained control of Rhondda Cynon Taff Council from Labour. Much of the damage to Labour was done in the Rhondda part of the council area. Labour hopes these problems have been put behind it in a constituency where the party was viewed as an entrenched part of the areas working class, radical culture. It has had a Labour MP since 1910, and the party held on to the parliamentary seat in 2001 with a comfortable majority over Plaid.

The mines which made the word Rhondda synonymous with coal are now a distant memory, with the Rhondda Heritage Park tourist attraction as a reminder of the area’s industrial past”. Relatively high levels of unemployment and poverty remain. A high percentage of those living in the Rhondda were born in the area, and there has been rapid growth in the number of school children receiving Welsh-medium education.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 WELSH ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS
PC WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
PC
13558
48.6
LAB
11273
40.5
LD
1303
4.7
IND
913
3.3
CON
774
2.8
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
23230
68.3
PC
7183
21.1
CON
1557
4.6
LD
1525
4.5
IND
507
1.5
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