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 Pontypridd
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Kim Howells Labour 22,963 59.9 -4.0
Bleddyn Hancock Plaid Cymru 5,279 13.8 +7.3
Prudence Dailey Conservative 5,096 13.3 +0.4
Eric Brooke Liberal Democrat 4,152 10.8 -2.6
Sue Warry UK Independence 603 1.6  
Joseph Biddulph ProLife Alliance 216 0.6  
Majority 17,684 46.2
Turnout 38,309 58.0 -13.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 5.6% from Labour to Plaid Cymru
Lab-Con (against 1997) 2.2% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 20.4% from Plaid Cymru to Labour

Description
The seat is centred on the market town of Pontypridd which has a population of around 33,500 people. The constituency includes former mining communities on the periphery of the Rhondda as well as more affluent areas on the outskirts of Cardiff. The economic profile of the area is characterised by new industry and it has benefited from inward investment with the presence of companies such as L'Oreal and Bosch.

The Royal Mint is also a major employer. It contains a sizeable commuter population for Cardiff and has a substantial student population due to the presence of the University of Glamorgan in the constituency. The singer Tom Jones is amongst Pontypridd's most notable sons.

It has been a traditionally safe south Wales Valleys Labour seat, and is predominantly English speaking.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Pontypridd
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Kim Howells Labour 29,290 63.9
Nigel Howells Liberal Democrat 6,161 13.4
Jonathan Cowen Conservative 5,910 12.9
Owain Llywelyn Plaid Cymru 2,977 6.5
John Wood Referendum 874 1.9
Peter Skelly Socialist Labour 380 0.8
Rob Griffiths Communist GB 178 0.4
Anthony Moore Natural Law 85 0.2
Majority 23,129 50.4
Turnout 45,855 71.4
1999 Welsh Assembly Election
 Pontypridd
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Jane Davidson Labour 11,330 38.6
Bleddyn Hancock Plaid Cymru 9,755 33.2
Gianni Orsi Liberal Democrat 5,040 17.2
Susan Ingerfield Conservative 2,485 8.5
Paul Phillips Independent 436 1.5
Roger Griffiths Communist GB 280 1.0
Majority 1,575 5.4
Turnout 29,326 45.7
 
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