"A Labour stronghold in south west Wales. The Westminster seat has been held since 1970 by Denzil Davies, a former Shadow Defence Secretary. He held the seat at the General Election in 1997 with a majority of 16,039 over Plaid Cymru, who polled 7812. The Conservatives came third with 5,003 and the Liberal Democrats fourth on 3,788. Llanelli, a town built on heavy industry and coal, and which has suffered economically from the rundown of those traditional employers, forms part of Carmarthenshire, a strongly Welsh-speaking area, with 54% or its people able to speak the language, and claiming the largest total number of Welsh speakers of any Welsh local authority, 89,000. The area also voted very strongly for devolution in the 1997 referendum, registering the biggest single Yes majority, 22,996, and the second-largest proportion of Yes votes, 65.3%. The local Carmarthenshire council is finely-balanced in terms of political control, with Labour forming the largest group, with 38 of the 80 councillors. The Independents are the next-largest group, on 28, followed by Plaid Cymru with 8, Independent Labour and the Independent Ratepayers on 2 apiece and the Liberal Democrats on 1, with 1 Non-Aligned."