"A three-way marginal seat held at Westminster for the Liberal Democrats by Richard Livsey, who regained it from the previous incumbent, the Conservatives’ Jonathan Evans, in the 1997 General Election by 17,516 votes to 12,419. It is Wales’s biggest seat geographically, and is almost entirely rural, as is exemplified by its hosting of Wales’s biggest agricultural event, the Royal Welsh Show, each July. It is part of the Powys local authority, whose electors voted No in the 1997 devolution referendum by a majority of 7,928. Powys is controlled by the Independent group, which has 57 of the councillors. The Liberal Democrats have 10, Labour 9, the Conservatives 4 and Plaid Cymru 1. The third-placed party at the 1997 General Election was Labour, who polled 11,424 votes. Plaid Cymru came fifth, with 622 votes, behind the Referendum Party, which polled 900. If Labour win this seat, the chances of Welsh Secretary Alun Michael being selected from his party’s list of regional candidates for Mid and West Wales - the European constituency of which Brecon and Radnor forms a part - will be greatly reduced."