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Welsh assembly election
constituency
Blaenau Gwent
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Peter Law
LAB
13884
70.2
8.4
Stephen Bard
LD
2148
10.9
-0.6
Rhys Ab Ellis
PC
1889
9.6
-11.6
Barrie O'Keefe
CON
1131
5.7
0.2
Roger Thomas
UKIP
719
3.6
3.6
MAJORITY 
11736
59.4
TURNOUT 
20022
37.8
-10.7
ELECTORATE
52927

DESCRIPTION: Blaenau Gwent
Blaenau Gwent is an area with a proud past and troubled present. Industrial upheaval, social protest and famous parliamentary names have all featured in a constituency which is struggling to recover from economic hard times. The Chartists had met in Nantyglo in the 1830s before marching on Newport with their demands for social change. Blaenau Gwent, on the eastern edge of the South Wales coalfield, continues to reflect this radical heritage. The current seat was created in 1983 and takes in Ebbw Vale, previously represented by two of the most prominent Labour figures of the 20th century: Aneurin Bevan and former party leader Michael Foot. Its Labour MP since 1992 has been Llew Smith, and it also elected a Labour AM, Peter Law, at the first assembly election. Both have had their difficulties with their respective Labour leaderships in Westminster and the assembly.

Ebbw Vale’s last steelworks closed in 2002 and the area has one of the worst unemployment levels in Britain. In the 2001 census, the area recorded one of the highest numbers of people in poor health. The constituency also has one of the highest unemployment rates in the UK and is the cheapest place in Britain to buy a house, with an average price of £44,000.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 WELSH ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
16069
61.8
PC
5501
21.1
LD
2980
11.4
CON
1444
5.6
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
22855
72
PC
3542
11.2
LD
2945
9.3
CON
2383
7.5
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