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 Newport East
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Alan Howarth Labour 17,120 54.7 -3.0
Ian Oakley Conservative 7,246 23.2 +1.8
Alistair Cameron Liberal Democrat 4,394 14.0 +3.6
Madoc Batcup Plaid Cymru 1,519 4.9 +3.0
Liz Screen Socialist Labour 420 1.3 -3.9
Neal Reynolds UK Independence 410 1.3  
Robert Griffiths Communist Brit 173 0.6  
Majority 9,874 31.6
Turnout 31,282 55.7 -17.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.4% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 2.5% from Conservative to Labour

Description
The seat includes part of the town of Newport together with the giant Llanwern steelworks, 450 jobs were cut there in July 2000, with owners Corus blaming the strength of Sterling against the euro.

Newport claims to be the fastest growing town in Wales, and has bid for City status. In January 2000, an analysis of Home Office figures by the Independent newspaper suggested that Newport is one of the most violent towns in England in Wales.

Created in 1983, this seat has been safe Labour territory at Westminster. This and its predecessor constituency, Newport, have had a succession of Labour members. Alan Howarth, who had famously defected from the Conservatives to Labour in 1995, became its MP at the 1997 general election following the elevation of the previous member, Roy Hughes, to the House of Lords. Mr Howarth had a majority of 36.3% over the Conservatives, who polled 7,958.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Newport East
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Alan Howarth Labour 21,481 57.7
David Evans Conservative 7,958 21.4
Alaister Cameron Liberal Democrat 3,880 10.4
Arthur Scargill Socialist Labour 1,951 5.2
Garth Chaney-Davis Referendum 1,267 3.4
Chris Holland Plaid Cymru 721 1.9
Majority 13,523 36.3
Turnout 37,258 73.5
1999 Welsh Assembly Election
 Newport East
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
John Griffiths Labour 9,497 49.4
Mark Major Conservative 4,386 22.8
Alistair Cameron Liberal Democrat 2,684 13.9
Christopher Holland Plaid Cymru 2,647 13.7
Majority 5,111 26.6
Turnout 19,214 35.8
 
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