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 Bridgend
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Win Griffiths Labour 19,423 52.5 -5.6
Tania Brisby Conservative 9,337 25.3 +2.5
Jean Barraclough Liberal Democrat 5,330 14.4 +2.9
Monica Mahoney Plaid Cymru 2,653 7.2 +3.4
Sara Jeremy ProLife Alliance 223 0.6  
Majority 10,086 27.3
Turnout 36,966 60.1 -12.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.0% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 5.1% from Conservative to Labour

Description
This is largely an industrial area, where traditional heavy industries have been successfully replaced by manufacturing plants such as the giant Ford factory at Bridgend.

However, it also includes the holiday and retirement communities of the Porthcawl coastal area. It is well suited to further development, due to good transport links - principally, the M4.

Created in 1983, this was initially a Conservative seat. However, Win Griffiths has held the seat for Labour since 1987, steadily and consistently increasing his majority.

The Tory share of the vote fell by 13% at the last election. Mr Griffiths was rewarded with a post as a Welsh Office minister in 1997 but was sacked the following year.

Labour's dominance in the constituency showed clearly during the Assembly elections in 1999, but Carwyn Jones' majority was significantly smaller than those achieved for Westminster elections, following a surprisingly strong showing from Plaid Cymru, which despite coming third polled 19.7% of the vote.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Bridgend
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Win Griffiths Labour 25,115 58.1
David Davies Conservative 9,867 22.8
Andrew McKinlay Liberal Democrat 4,968 11.5
Tudor Greaves Referendum 1,662 3.8
Dennis Watkins Plaid Cymru 1,649 3.8
Majority 15,248 35.2
Turnout 43,261 72.3
1999 Welsh Assembly Election
 Bridgend
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Carwyn Jones Labour 9,321 37.2
Alun Cairns Conservative 5,063 20.2
Jeff Canning Plaid Cymru 4,919 19.6
Rob Humphreys Liberal Democrat 3,910 15.6
Allan Jones Independent 1,819 7.2
Majority 4,258 17.0
Turnout 25,032 41.8
 
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