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 Ceredigion
Other Plaid Cymru hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Simon Thomas Plaid Cymru 13,241 38.3 -3.3
Mark Williams Liberal Democrat 9,297 26.9 +10.4
Paul Davies Conservative 6,730 19.4 +4.5
David Grace Labour 5,338 15.4 -8.9
Majority 3,944 11.4
Turnout 34,606 61.7 -12.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 6.9% from Plaid Cymru to Liberal Democrat
Lab-Con (against 1997) 6.7% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 12.6% from Plaid Cymru to Liberal Democrat

Description
In 1992, Ceredigion provided one of the largest swings in any constituency in the United Kingdom, as Cynog Dafis - on a joint Plaid Cymru/Green ticket - jumped from fourth to first place to beat the incumbent Liberals.

Mr Dafis consolidated his position significantly in 1997, securing over 40% of the vote.

He resigned from the Commons in January 2000 to concentrate on his work as a regional member of the National Assembly.

Plaid's Simon Thomas won the by-election comfortably, despite a minor revival in the Liberal Democrat vote.

This is a large rural seat - geographically the fourth largest in Wales.

Its main industries are agriculture and food processing, although it is also very dependent on education, and has a disproportionately high number of self-employed workers at about 30%.

Tourism is also increasingly important to the local economy.

The three main centres of population are the market town of Cardigan, and the university towns of Aberystwyth and Lampeter, which between them, have over 8,500 students.

Aberystwyth is also home to the National Library of Wales.

More than half of the constituency's population are Welsh speakers.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Ceredigion
Plaid Cymru hold
Name Party Votes %
Cynog Dafis Plaid Cymru 16,728 41.6
Robert Harris Labour 9,767 24.3
Dai Davies Liberal Democrat 6,616 16.5
Felix Aubel Conservative 5,983 14.9
John Leaney Referendum 1,092 2.7
Majority 6,961 17.3
Turnout 40,186 73.9
Parliamentary By-Election
 Ceredigion
Plaid Cymru hold
Name Party Votes %
Simon Thomas Plaid Cymru 10,716 42.8
Mark Williams Liberal Democrat 5,768 23.0
Paul Davies Conservative 4,138 16.5
Maria Battle Labour 3,612 14.4
John Bufton UK Independence 487 1.9
John Berkeley Davies Independent 289 1.2
Martin Shipton Independent 55 0.2
Majority 4,948 19.8
Turnout 25,065 46.0
1999 Welsh Assembly Election
 Ceredigion
Plaid Cymru win
Name Party Votes %
Elin Jones Plaid Cymru 15,258 47.8
Maria Battle Labour 5,009 15.7
Dai Lloyd Evans Independent 4,114 12.9
Dorian Evans Liberal Democrat 3,571 11.2
Henri Lloyd Davies Conservative 2,944 9.2
Dave Bradney Green 1,002 3.1
Majority 10,249 32.1
Turnout 31,898 58.0
 
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