Pontypridd

2015 Result:
Conservative: 6969 (18.2%)
Labour: 15554 (40.7%)
Lib Dem: 4904 (12.8%)
Plaid Cymru: 4348 (11.4%)
Green: 992 (2.6%)
UKIP: 5085 (13.3%)
TUSC: 48 (0.1%)
Others: 332 (0.9%)
MAJORITY: 8585 (22.5%)

Category: Very safe Labour seat

Geography: Wales, Mid Glamorgan. Part of the Rhondda Cynon Taf council area.

Main population centres: Pontypridd, Treforest, Rhydyfelin, Beddau, Llantwit Fardre, Llantrisant, Pontyclun, Tonyrefail.

Profile: Covers the lower Taf and Ely valleys. This seat is very much the transition point between the traditional, struggling, post-industrial towns of the Welsh valleys and those commuter villages and new build developments that lie in the orbit of Cardiff to the south. The Royal Mint, the government owned company that produces all UK coinage, is based here in Llantrisant. Two of the University of Glamorgan`s campuses are also here, based in Pontypridd.

Politics: Pontypridd has been held by Labour since the 1920s, but is less monolithically Labour than those seats deeper into the Welsh valleys. In 2010 the Liberal Democrats cut the Labour majority to under ten percent, but they slumped to fourth place in 2015.


Current MP
OWEN SMITH (Labour) Born 1970, Morecambe. Educated at Sussex University. Former radio producer and special adviser. Contested Blaenau Gwent 2006 by-election. First elected as MP for Pontypridd in 2010. Shadow Welsh Secretary 2012-2015. Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary since 2015.
Past Results
2010
Con: 5932 (16%)
Lab: 14220 (39%)
LDem: 11435 (31%)
PC: 2673 (7%)
Oth: 2411 (7%)
MAJ: 2785 (8%)
2005*
Con: 5321 (13%)
Lab: 20919 (53%)
LDem: 7728 (19%)
PC: 4420 (11%)
Oth: 1246 (3%)
MAJ: 13191 (33%)
2001
Con: 5096 (13%)
Lab: 22963 (60%)
LDem: 4152 (11%)
PC: 5279 (14%)
Oth: 819 (2%)
MAJ: 17684 (46%)
1997
Con: 5910 (13%)
Lab: 29290 (64%)
LDem: 6161 (13%)
PC: 2977 (6%)
Oth: 1517 (3%)
MAJ: 23129 (50%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
ANN-MARIE MASON (Conservative)
OWEN SMITH (Labour) See above.
MIKE POWELL (Liberal Democrat) Contested Pontypridd 2010.
ANDREW TOMKINSON (UKIP)
KATY CLAY (Green)
OSIAN LEWIS (Plaid)
DAMIEN BIGGS (Socialist Labour Party)
ESTHER PEARSON (TUSC)
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  1. Cllr Alexandra Davies-Jones ( Tonyrefail West ward) is the new Labour candidate

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