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 Newport West
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Paul Flynn Labour 18,489 52.7 -7.8
Bill Morgan Conservative 9,185 26.2 +1.8
Veronica Watkins Liberal Democrat 4,095 11.7 +2.0
Anthony Salkeld Plaid Cymru 2,510 7.2 +5.6
Hugh Moelwyn Hughes UK Independence 506 1.4 +0.6
Terrance Cavill BNP 278 0.8  
Majority 9,304 26.5
Turnout 35,063 58.7 -15.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.8% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 3.6% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Since 1987 this seat has been held by Paul Flynn. At the 1997 general election, he had a majority of 14,537 over the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats came third, and Plaid Cymru came fifth behind the Referendum Party.

The seat contains part of the town of Newport, and also contains the site of Wales's biggest single inward investment, the Korean LG electronics plant. The local council is in almost total Labour control, with 46 of the 47 councillors belonging to Labour. A sole Conservative forms the only opposition.

Newport West is a compact constituency comprising Newport Town Centre and suburbs on the west bank of the River Usk. It contains both the poorest and richest parts of the town. Always overshadowed by its neighbours Cardiff and Bristol Newport’s main claim to fame is as the site of the largest Chartist uprising, an event commemorated by numerous street names and memorials.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Newport West
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Paul Flynn Labour 24,331 60.5
Peter Clarke Conservative 9,794 24.4
Stan Wilson Liberal Democrat 3,907 9.7
Colin Thompsett Referendum 1,199 3.0
Huw Jackson Plaid Cymru 648 1.6
Hugh Moelwyn Hughes UK Independence 323 0.8
Majority 14,537 36.2
Turnout 40,202 74.6
1999 Welsh Assembly Election
 Newport West
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Rosemary Butler Labour 11,538 47.5
William Graham Conservative 6,828 28.2
Bob Vickery Plaid Cymru 3,053 12.6
Veronica Watkins Liberal Democrat 2,820 11.6
Majority 4,710 19.3
Turnout 24,239 42.7
 
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