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 Aberavon
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Hywel Francis Labour 19,063 63.1 -8.2
Lisa Turnbull Plaid Cymru 2,955 9.8 +4.0
Chris Davies Liberal Democrat 2,933 9.7 -1.6
Ali Miraj Conservative 2,296 7.6 -0.3
Andrew Tutton Independent 1,960 6.5  
Captain Beany Millennium Bean 727 2.4  
Martin Chapman Socialist Alliance 256 0.8  
Majority 16,108 53.4
Turnout 30,190 60.8 -11.1
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 6.1% from Labour to Plaid Cymru
Lab-Con (against 1997) 3.9% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 12.2% from Plaid Cymru to Labour

Description
Aberavon has been a traditionally Labour seat, now open to renewed competition following the retirement of the former Secretary of State for Wales and Attorney General, Sir John Morris. First elected to Parliament in October 1959, he was the longest serving MP in Wales.

The first Labour Prime Minister, Ramsay Macdonald also held this seat between 1922 and 1929.

In the 1997 General Election, it was the eighth safest seat in Wales - with the Lib Dems overtaking the Conservatives to take second place, with 11.3% of the vote. Plaid Cymru trailed in fourth place, with a mere 5.8%, but in the 1999 Assembly elections, leap-frogged into second place, with 22.3%.

In September 1997, the local authority area recorded the highest level of support in the Devolution Referendum.

Aberavon is an industrial constituency, with a skyline dominated by the smoking towers of the nearby steel works and petro-chemical complex at Baglan.

Overlooking this industrial belt, are the 850 acres of parklands at Margam Country Park, including the Margam Maze, the Orangery built in 1789, and the impressive gothic Mansion House.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Aberavon
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
John Morris Labour 25,650 71.3
Ronald McConville Liberal Democrat 4,079 11.3
Peter Harper Conservative 2,835 7.9
Philip Cockwell Plaid Cymru 2,088 5.8
Peter David Referendum 970 2.7
Captain Beany Independent 341 0.9
Majority 21,571 60.0
Turnout 35,963 71.9
1999 Welsh Assembly Election
 Aberavon
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Brian Gibbons Labour 11,941 51.2
Janet Davies Plaid Cymru 5,198 22.2
Keith Davies Liberal Democrat 3,165 13.6
Mary Davies Conservative 1,624 7.0
Captain Beany Millennium Bean 849 3.6
David Pudner United Socialist 517 2.2
Majority 6,743 29.0
Turnout 23,294 47.1
 
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