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 Rhondda
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Chris Bryant Labour 23,230 68.3 -6.2
Leanne Wood Plaid Cymru 7,183 21.1 +7.7
Peter Hobbins Conservative 1,557 4.6 +0.8
Gavin Cox Liberal Democrat 1,525 4.5 -1.2
Glyndwr Summers Independent 507 1.5  
Majority 16,047 47.2
Turnout 34,002 60.7 -10.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 7.0% from Labour to Plaid Cymru
Lab-Con (against 1997) 3.5% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 27.6% from Plaid Cymru to Labour

Description
Traditionally, the Rhondda has been one of Labour's safest seats in Wales. Consequently, the Labour Party has been regarded as an entrenched part of the Rhondda's working class, radical culture. Plaid Cymru have traditionally been the second party in Westminster and local council elections.

Plaid Cymru's victory here in the 1999 National Assembly Elections powerfully undermined this accepted wisdom of Labour's predominance. Similarly in the local government election, Plaid Cymru gained control of Rhondda/Cynon/Taff local authority, mainly due to the support it gained in the Rhondda.

Although the coal mines which gained the Rhondda world renown at the turn of the century have now closed, the area retains the character of a mining community. The Rhondda suffers relatively high levels of unemployment and poverty and there are pockets of serious social deprivation such as the Penrhys housing estate.

Just over 8% of the population speak Welsh, and this area heavily supported the creation of the Welsh Assembly in the 1997 devolution referendum.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Rhondda
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Allan Rogers Labour 30,381 74.5
Leanne Wood Plaid Cymru 5,450 13.4
Rodney Berman Liberal Democrat 2,307 5.7
Stephen Whiting Conservative 1,551 3.8
Stephen Gardener Referendum 658 1.6
Kevin Jakeway Green 460 1.1
Majority 24,931 61.1
Turnout 40,807 71.5
1999 Welsh Assembly Election
 Rhondda
Plaid Cymru win
Name Party Votes %
Geraint Davies Plaid Cymru 13,558 48.6
Wayne David Labour 11,273 40.5
Meurig Williams Liberal Democrat 1,303 4.7
Glyndwr Summers Independent 913 3.3
Peter Hobbins Conservative 774 2.8
Majority 2,285 8.1
Turnout 27,821 50.5
 
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