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 Torfaen
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Paul Murphy Labour 21,883 62.1 -7.0
Jason Evans Conservative 5,603 15.9 +3.6
Alan Masters Liberal Democrat 3,936 11.2 -0.9
Stephen Smith Plaid Cymru 2,720 7.7 +5.3
Brenda Vipass UK Independence 657 1.9  
Stephen Bell Socialist Alliance 443 1.3  
Majority 16,280 46.2
Turnout 35,242 57.7 -14.0
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 5.3% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 8.6% from Conservative to Labour

Description
This Gwent Valleys seat comprises the towns of Cwmbran and Pontypool and the surrounding communities.

Formerly called Pontypool, the seat, which comprises many former mining communities as well as the new town of Cwmbran, coincides with the boundaries of the Torfaen local authority area. The area around Blaenavon, formerly a coal-mining, iron and steel town, has been nominated by the UK Government for United Nations recognition - other landmarks already on the list of World Heritage sites are the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China.

Historically a very safe Labour constituency, Leo Abse held the seat for over 20 years before Paul Murphy's election in 1987. Mr Murphy, as a Northern Ireland minister, helped broker the Good Friday Agreement. He has been Secretary of State for Wales since July 1999.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Torfaen
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Paul Murphy Labour 29,863 69.1
Neil Parish Conservative 5,327 12.3
Jean Gray Liberal Democrat 5,249 12.1
Deborah Holler Referendum 1,245 2.9
Robert Gough Plaid Cymru 1,042 2.4
Roger Coghill Green 519 1.2
Majority 24,536 56.7
Turnout 43,245 71.7
1999 Welsh Assembly Election
 Torfaen
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Lynne Neagle Labour 9,080 37.9
Michael Gough Independent 3,795 15.8
Ingrid Nutt Independent 2,828 11.8
Noel Turner Liberal Democrat 2,614 10.9
Jean Gray Plaid Cymru 2,614 10.9
Kay Thomas Conservative 2,152 9.0
Stephen Smith Local Socialist 839 3.5
Majority 5,285 22.1
Turnout 23,922 39.5
 
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