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Welsh assembly election
constituency
Bridgend
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Carwyn Jones
LAB
9487
42.8
5.6
Alun Cairns
CON
7066
31.9
11.7
Cheryl Green
LD
2980
13.5
-2.2
Keith Parry
PC
1939
8.8
-10.9
Tim Jenkins
UKIP
677
3.1
3.1
MAJORITY 
2421
10.9
TURNOUT 
22113
35.4
-6.4
ELECTORATE
62540

DESCRIPTION: Bridgend
Bridgend is a mixture of new and old industrial areas, as well rural and coastline. It has prospered while some other South Wales seats have struggled, thanks partly to the presence of big companies like Ford and Sony. It is also helped by good road, rail and air links: the M4 runs through the constituency, the area is on the main rail link between Swansea and Paddington, and Cardiff International Airport is just a few miles away. The area has increasingly become an overspill area for both Cardiff and Swansea, with new housing estates for the relatively well-off. It also includes the holiday and retirement communities in and around the coast near Porthcawl.

It has become a safe Labour seat, although its first MP in 1983 was a Conservative swept in on the high tide of Margaret Thatcher's success at both UK and Welsh level. The Tories lost the seat four years later to Labour, who have held on ever since. Its AM is the assembly cabinet minister Carwyn Jones, widely tipped to become the next first minister. Bridgend also has one of the most prominent council leaders in Wales in Labourís Jeff Jones, a strong critic of his partyís assembly coalition deal with the Liberal Democrats. The first assembly election saw a surge in support for Plaid Cymru, in common with many other Labour seats. Plaid came third in 1999, only just behind the Conservatives, although it slipped back to fourth place at the 2001 general election.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 WELSH ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
9321
37.2
CON
5063
20.2
PC
4919
19.7
LD
3910
15.6
IND
1819
7.3
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
19423
52.5
CON
9377
25.3
LD
5330
14.4
PC
2653
7.2
PLA
223
0.6
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