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 Vale of Glamorgan
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
John Smith Labour 20,524 45.4 -8.5
Susie Inkin Conservative 15,824 35.0 +0.6
Dewi Smith Liberal Democrat 5,521 12.2 +3.0
Chris Franks Plaid Cymru 2,867 6.3 +3.7
Niall Warry UK Independence 448 1.0  
Majority 4,700 10.4
Turnout 45,184 67.4 -12.6
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.5% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 3.8% from Conservative to Labour

Description
This constituency combines the large industrial and port town of Barry, combined with the prosperous Vale of Glamorgan area. The major towns are Barry (famous for for the 'Barry Island' funfair), Llantwit Major, Dinas Powys, Cowbridge (a prosperous market town), and Rhoose (site of Cardiff-Wales airport).

The constituency had been in long-term Conservative control at Westminster until Labour took it at a by-election in 1989, only to lose it again at the 1992 general election when the Tories won it by only 19 votes. That made it the most marginal seat in Britain, and the slender majority could not withstand the Labour landslide five years later in 1997, when John Smith won it for Labour with a majority of 19.5%.

The Vale of Glamorgan council, formerly Labour-held, has had its share of scandals since its formation in 1996. Its chief executive was sacked for gross misconduct in July 2000, and the former Labour council leader Shaun Stringer pleaded guilty in 1999 to four charges of abusing public office between 1996 and 1998.

In the Welsh devolution referendum, the Vale of Glamorgan council area voted No by the biggest margin in the country.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Vale of Glamorgan
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
John Smith Labour 29,054 53.9
Walter Sweeney Conservative 18,522 34.4
Suzanne Campbell Liberal Democrat 4,945 9.2
Melanie Corp Plaid Cymru 1,393 2.6
Majority 10,532 19.5
Turnout 53,914 80.0
1999 Welsh Assembly Election
 Vale of Glamorgan
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Jane Hutt Labour 11,448 34.9
David Melding Conservative 10,522 32.1
Chris Franks Plaid Cymru 7,848 23.9
Frank Little Liberal Democrat 2,938 9.0
Majority 926 2.8
Turnout 32,756 48.6
 
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