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 Monmouth
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Huw Edwards Labour 19,021 42.8 -4.9
Roger Evans Conservative 18,637 41.9 +2.7
Neil Parker Liberal Democrat 5,080 11.4 +1.8
Marc Hubbard Plaid Cymru 1,068 2.4 +1.3
David Rowlands UK Independence 656 1.5  
Majority 384 0.9
Turnout 44,462 71.5 -9.0
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.8% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 4.7% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Monmouth was traditional Conservative territory at Westminster until 1991, when Huw Edwards took it for Labour at a by-election. The Tories won it back in 1992, but lost it to Mr Edwards again when the 1997 landslide gave him a majority of 4,178.

An English-speaking border constituency that's largely rural and includes the towns of Monmouth, Abergavenny and Usk, Monmouth is easily the most wealthy and most anglicised constituency in Wales. At the southern end many in the towns of Chepstow and Caldicott commute across the Severn to work in Bristol and the surrounding area. The Wye and Usk valleys, hailed by Wordsworth for their beauty, have also seen an influx of good-life refugees from the English Midlands and the south east.

Labour support is heavily dependent on the inclusion in the constituency of some - but not most - of the Cwmbran new town development. Despite its lush countryside and striking Castles (Chepstow, Raglan) and Abbies (Tintern, Llanthony) tourism is undeveloped in the area and most major employers are situated outside the constituency boundaries in Newport or the West of England.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Monmouth
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Huw Edwards Labour 23,404 47.7
Roger Evans Conservative 19,226 39.2
Mark Williams Liberal Democrat 4,689 9.6
Niall Warry Referendum 1,190 2.4
Alan Cotton Plaid Cymru 516 1.1
Majority 4,178 8.5
Turnout 49,025 80.5
1999 Welsh Assembly Election
 Monmouth
Conservative win
Name Party Votes %
David Davies Conservative 12,950 40.8
Cherry Short Labour 10,238 32.3
Chris Lines Liberal Democrat 4,639 14.6
Marc Hubbard Plaid Cymru 1,964 6.2
Anthony Carrington TFPW 1,911 6.0
Majority 2,712 8.5
Turnout 31,702 51.4
 
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