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Preseli Pembrokeshire LAB Wins 
Electorate - "54,088" Top-up region:Mid and West Wales

 Candidates
Dr Richard Edwards LAB   9977  
Mr Conrad Bryant PC   7239  
Dr Felix Aubel CON   6585  
Mr David Lloyd LD   3338  
Mr Alwyn Luke IND   1944  
Maj: 2738  
Turn-out: 53.8%  

 
 Description
"This predominantly rural seat was created for the 1997 Westminster General Election, and comprises parts of English-speaking south Pembrokeshire including much of the port town of Milford Haven, combined with the Welsh-speaking northern part of the county. The northern part of the constituency, which includes the Preseli mountains, previously formed part of the Ceredigion and Pembroke North seat, which was traditionally a Liberal Democrat stronghold until Plaid Cymru took over in 1992. The southern part was in the former Pembroke seat, which was traditional Conservative territory until Labour won it in 1992. The formation of the new seat reduces the Plaid Cymru and Liberal Democrat influence, and leaves Labour and the Conservatives as the largest parties. Labour’s Jackie Lawrence had a comfortable majority of 8,736 at the 1997 General Election. The Conservatives had 11,741, while the Liberal Democrats came third with 5,527 and Plaid Cymru fourth with 2,683. The constituency’s spectacular coastline lies within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, and tourism is an important local employer. The oil industry has also been a big employer, but has been in decline in recent years, a factor which has contributed to relatively high rates of unemployment, particularly in the south of the constituency. The seat lies within the Pembrokeshire local authority area, whose electors voted No in the 1997 devolution referendum by a majority of 6,733. Pembrokeshire council is controlled by the Independents, who have 38 of the 60 seats. Labour form the next-largest grouping, with 12 seats, Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats have 4 each, and there is 1 Non-Aligned."
 

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