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Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Denzil Davies Labour 17,586 48.6 -9.3
Dyfan Jones Plaid Cymru 11,183 30.9 +11.9
Simon Hayes Conservative 3,442 9.5 -2.6
Ken Rees Liberal Democrat 3,065 8.5 -0.7
Jan Cliff Green 515 1.4  
John Willock Socialist Labour 407 1.1 -0.7
Majority 6,403 17.7
Turnout 36,198 62.3 -8.4
Against 1997 General Election 10.6% from Labour to Plaid Cymru
Lab-Con (against 1997) 3.4% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 10.0% from Plaid Cymru to Labour

This seat has been held since 1970 for Labour by Denzil Davies, a former shadow defence secretary; and in 1997 he retained the seat with a majority of 16,039 over Plaid Cymru. In the 1999 assembly elections Llanelli provided a shock when Plaid Cymru captured the seat. The party polled 11,973 votes, giving it a majority of 688 over Labour.

The local Carmarthenshire council is finely-balanced in terms of political control, although with 38 of the 80 councillors Labour forms the largest group. The Independents are the next-largest, on 28, followed by Plaid Cymru with 8, Independent Labour and the Independent Ratepayers on 2 apiece and the Liberal Democrats on 1, with 1 non-aligned councillor.

Llanelli is the largest town in Carmarthenshire, located in the industrial south east of the county. Traditionally the town’s main industries were steel and tinplate, giving it its nickname ‘Tresosban’ (saucepan town) and its rugby anthem Sosban fach. The mining districts are amongst the most heavily Welsh-speaking in Wales and the language is relatively strong in the town itself. While Llanelli has suffered from industrial decline it has seen major environmental improvements, notably the millennium coastal park.

Past Results

1997 General Election
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Denzil Davies Labour 23,851 57.9
Marc Phillips Plaid Cymru 7,812 19.0
Andrew Hayes Conservative 5,003 12.1
Nick Burree Liberal Democrat 3,788 9.2
John Willock Socialist Labour 757 1.8
Majority 16,039 38.9
Turnout 41,211 70.7
1999 Welsh Assembly Election
Plaid Cymru win
Name Party Votes %
Helen Jones Plaid Cymru 11,973 42.1
Ann Garrard Labour 11,285 39.7
Tim Dumper Liberal Democrat 2,920 10.3
Barrie Harding Conservative 1,864 6.6
Anthony Popham Independent 345 1.2
Majority 688 2.4
Turnout 28,387 48.9