"A traditional safe Labour seat, held at Westminster by John Morris, the current Attorney General and former Secretary of State for Wales, with a majority of 21,571. Economically, the area is characterised by the heavy industries of Port Talbot steelworks and the Baglan Bay petro-chemical plant. The area forms part of the Neath and Port Talbot unitary authority, which voted Yes in the 1997 referendum by a majority of 18,267, which was 66% of the vote in that area - the biggest single Yes percentage in Wales. The Liberal Democrats were the second party in the 1997 General Election, on 4,079 votes, while the Conservatives, on 2,835, and Plaid Cymru, on 2,088, came third and fourth. The local councilís 64 members are mainly Labour (50 members); with Plaid Cymru and the Ratepayers, on three members apiece, forming the largest single groups of other parties."