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 Caerphilly
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Wayne David Labour 22,597 58.5 -9.3
Lindsay Whittle Plaid Cymru 8,172 21.1 +11.4
David Simmonds Conservative 4,413 11.4 +0.7
Rob Roffe Liberal Democrat 3,469 9.0 +0.8
Majority 14,425 37.3
Turnout 38,651 57.2 -12.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 10.4% from Labour to Plaid Cymru
Lab-Con (against 1997) 5.0% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 13.6% from Plaid Cymru to Labour

Description
Since 1983, this seat has been held at Westminster by Ron Davies, who was Welsh Secretary from 1997 and who led the successful devolution campaign of that year.

Mr Davies guided the devolution legislation through the Commons, but then resigned from the cabinet in late 1998 after his much-publicised "moment of madness" on Clapham Common.

Labour's grip here was famously threatened in the 1968 by-election, when Plaid Cymru's Phil Williams came within 2,000 votes of taking the seat. However, nationalist support has since waned.

Nevertheless, in the 1999 elections, Plaid Cymru came within 3,000 votes of Ron Davies for the seat at the Assembly, and have overtaken Labour, in terms of councillors within the constituency.

The seat, which comprises the town of Caerphilly and much of the Rhymney Valley to the north, has traditionally been dependent on the coal industry, and has suffered unemployment problems in the wake of the rundown of coal.

To a large extent, manufacturing has replaced heavy industry. Many residents also commute to jobs in nearby Cardiff.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Caerphilly
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Ron Davies Labour 30,697 67.8
Rhodri Harris Conservative 4,858 10.7
Lindsay Whittle Plaid Cymru 4,383 9.7
Tony Ferguson Liberal Democrat 3,724 8.2
Mark Morgan Referendum 1,337 3.0
Catherine Williams ProLife Alliance 270 0.6
Majority 25,839 57.1
Turnout 45,269 70.1
1999 Welsh Assembly Election
 Caerphilly
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Ron Davies Labour 12,602 44.2
Robert Gough Plaid Cymru 9,741 34.1
Michael German Liberal Democrat 3,543 12.4
Mary Taylor Conservative 2,213 7.8
Timothy Richards United Socialist 412 1.4
Majority 2,861 10.1
Turnout 28,511 43.5
 
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