"Currently a safe Labour seat at Westminster, where it is represented by Win Griffiths, who lost his place as a Welsh Office minister in 1998. He has a majority of 15,248 over the Conservatives, who polled 9,867. It is largely an industrial area, whose traditional heavy industries have been successfully replaced by manufacturing plants such as the giant Ford factory at Bridgend, but also includes the holiday and retirement communities of the Porthcawl coastal area. In the 1997 devolution referendum, the Bridgend local authority area voted Yes, by a majority of 4,460. In the 1997 General Election, the third-placed party were the Liberal Democrats, with 4,968, followed by the Referendum Party on 1,662 and Plaid Cymru on 1,649. The local Bridgend unitary authority is firmly controlled by Labour, who have 39 of the 48 seats, the remainder being shared between the Independents, on 3, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats on 2 each, and Plaid Cymru and Independent Labour, both with 1."