BBC HOMEPAGE | NEWS | WORLD SERVICE | SPORT | MY BBC help
news vote 2001search vote 2001
 You are in: Vote2001: Results & Constituencies
VOTE2001 
Main Issues 
Features 
Crucial Seats 
Key People 
Parties 
Results &  Constituencies 
Candidates 
Opinion Polls 
Online 1000 
Virtual Vote 
Talking Point 
Forum 
AudioVideo 
Programmes 
Voting System 
Local Elections 
Nations 

N Ireland 
Scotland 
Wales 

BBC News

BBC Sport

BBC Weather
Results & Constituencies
 
 Ogmore
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Ray Powell Labour 18,833 62.0 -12.0
Angela Pulman Plaid Cymru 4,259 14.0 +7.0
Ian Lewis Liberal Democrat 3,878 12.8 +3.6
Richard Hill Conservative 3,383 11.1 +1.3
Majority 14,574 48.0
Turnout 30,353 58.2 -14.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 9.5% from Labour to Plaid Cymru
Lab-Con (against 1997) 6.6% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 13.4% from Plaid Cymru to Labour

Description
A traditional south Wales Valleys heartland seat for Labour, who have held it since its creation in 1918 (though there have been major boundary changes). Sir Ray Powell has been the MP since 1979. At the 1997 general election, he had a majority of 64.2% over the Conservatives.

It forms part of the Bridgend local authority whose electors voted Yes in the 1997 devolution referendum, by a majority of 4,460, despite Powell's opposition. In the 1999 Assembly elections, Sir Ray Powell's daughter, Janice Gregory, won the seat for Labour with a smaller - yet significant - majority of 21.2%. Plaid Cymru came second with 27% of the vote.

The seat, which contains the town of Maesteg, has the familiar valleys profile of unemployment and social problems in the wake of the decline of the coal industry, problems which have been partly offset by the advent of newer manufacturing industries. The constituency is landlocked.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Ogmore
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Ray Powell Labour 28,163 74.0
David Unwin Conservative 3,716 9.8
Kirsty Williams Liberal Democrat 3,510 9.2
John Rogers Plaid Cymru 2,679 7.0
Majority 24,447 64.2
Turnout 38,068 72.9
1999 Welsh Assembly Election
 Ogmore
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Janice Gregory Labour 10,407 48.2
John Rogers Plaid Cymru 5,842 27.0
Ralph Hughes Independent 2,439 11.2
Sheila Ramsay-Way Liberal Democrat 1,496 6.9
Chris Smart Conservative 1,415 6.6
Majority 4,565 21.2
Turnout 21,599 41.8
 
©BBC