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 Preseli Pembrokeshire
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Jacqueline Lawrence Labour 15,206 41.3 -7.0
Stephen Crabb Conservative 12,260 33.3 +5.6
Rhys Sinnett Plaid Cymru 4,658 12.7 +6.4
Alec Dauncey Liberal Democrat 3,882 10.6 -2.4
Patricia Bowen Socialist Labour 452 1.2  
Hugh Jones UK Independence 319 0.9  
Majority 2,946 8.0
Turnout 36,777 67.8 -10.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 6.3% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 1.8% from Labour to Conservative

Description
A predominantly rural seat, Preseli Pembrokeshire comprises parts of English-speaking south Pembrokeshire including much of the port town of Milford Haven, combined with the Welsh-speaking northern part of the county. The constituency's spectacular coastline lies within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and the Preseli Mountains are in the north. It also includes Fishguard which serves as a major sea ferry port to Ireland.

Tourism is an important local employer and is recovering following the impact of the Sea Empress oil spillage disaster of 1995. The oil refining industry has also been a big employer, but has been in decline in recent years, a factor which has contributed to relatively high rates of unemployment, particularly in the south of the constituency.

Employment in the area has also been hit by the closure of local defence installations. According to the 1991 census, 18.4% of the population of the Pembrokeshire County Council area could speak Welsh but within the Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency, Welsh speaking is more prevalent in its northernmost part. St David's, the smallest city in Great Britain, is one of the area's major tourist attractions.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Preseli Pembrokeshire
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Jackie Lawrence Labour 20,477 48.3
Robert Buckland Conservative 11,741 27.7
Jeffrey Clarke Liberal Democrat 5,527 13.0
Alun Lloyd Jones Plaid Cymru 2,683 6.3
David Berry Referendum 1,574 3.7
Molly Cato Green 401 0.9
Majority 8,736 20.6
Turnout 42,403 78.3
1999 Welsh Assembly Election
 Preseli Pembrokeshire
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Richard Edwards Labour 9,977 34.3
Conrad Bryant Plaid Cymru 7,239 24.8
Felix Aubel Conservative 6,585 22.6
David Lloyd Liberal Democrat 3,338 11.5
Alwyn Luke Independent 1,944 6.7
Majority 2,738 9.5
Turnout 29,083 54.0
 
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