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 Neath
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Peter Hain Labour 21,253 60.7 -12.8
Alun Llewelyn Plaid Cymru 6,437 18.4 +10.3
Dai Davies Liberal Democrat 3,335 9.5 +3.2
David Devine Conservative 3,310 9.5 +0.8
Huw Pudner Socialist Alliance 483 1.4  
Gerry Brienza ProLife Alliance 202 0.6  
Majority 14,816 42.3
Turnout 35,020 62.4 -11.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 11.5% from Labour to Plaid Cymru
Lab-Con (against 1997) 6.8% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 16.3% from Plaid Cymru to Labour

Description
A traditional Labour seat, centred on the town of Neath and the Swansea and Neath valleys. It has been in long-term Labour control at Westminster, and since a by-election in 1991 has been held by Peter Hain, currently energy minister. In the 1997 general election, he had a majority of 64.8% over the Conservatives, who polled 3,583. The constituency is part of the Neath and Port Talbot local authority area, which voted Yes in the 1997 referendum by a majority of 18,267, which was 66% of the vote in that area - the biggest single Yes percentage in Wales.

Neath was formerly a copper-smelting coal mining centre. Industries that use steel are still important. Richard Burton's childhood home was in this constituency, in the village of Pontrhydyfen. The seat has substantial numbers and percentages of Welsh-speakers in the Neath, Dulais and Swansea valleys. The largest employer in the constituency is Ford but as in many ex-mining communities many people travel out of the constituency to work in the new industrial estates of the coastal belt.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Neath
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Peter Hain Labour 30,324 73.5
David Evans Conservative 3,583 8.7
Trefor Jones Plaid Cymru 3,344 8.1
Frank Little Liberal Democrat 2,597 6.3
Peter Morris Referendum 975 2.4
Howard Marks Cannabis 420 1.0
Majority 26,741 64.8
Turnout 41,243 74.3
1999 Welsh Assembly Election
 Neath
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Gwenda Thomas Labour 12,234 45.5
Trefor Jones Plaid Cymru 9,616 35.7
David Davies Liberal Democrat 2,631 9.8
Jill Chambers Conservative 1,895 7.0
Nicholas Duncan United Socialist 519 1.9
Majority 2,618 9.8
Turnout 26,895 48.2
 
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