"Newport West was created in 1983, and like the former Newport seat from which it was formed, is strong Labour territory at Westminster, although it was briefly in Conservative hands from 1983 to 1987. Since 1987 it has been held by Paul Flynn, who has made a reputation as a prominent backbencher. At the 1997 General Election, he had a majority of 14,537 over the Conservatives, who polled 9,749. The Liberal Democrats came third with 3,907, and Plaid Cymru came fifth, with 648 votes, behind the Referendum Party. The seat contains part of the town of Newport, and also contains the site of Wales’s biggest single inward investment, the Korean LG electronics plant. It forms part of the Newport local authority area, whose electors voted No in the 1997 devolution referendum by a majority of 10,845. The local council is in almost total Labour control, with 46 of the 47 councillors belonging to Labour. A sole Conservative forms the only opposition."