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Aberavon

2010 Results:
Conservative: 4411 (14.25%)
Labour: 16073 (51.92%)
Liberal Democrat: 5034 (16.26%)
Plaid Cymru: 2198 (7.1%)
BNP: 1276 (4.12%)
UKIP: 489 (1.58%)
Independent: 919 (2.97%)
Others: 558 (1.8%)
Majority: 11039 (35.66%)

2005 Results:
Labour: 18077 (60%)
Liberal Democrat: 4140 (13.8%)
Plaid Cymru: 3545 (11.8%)
Conservative: 3064 (10.2%)
Other: 1278 (4.2%)
Majority: 13937 (46.3%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 2296 (7.6%)
Labour: 19063 (63.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 2933 (9.7%)
Plaid Cymru: 2955 (9.8%)
Other: 2943 (9.7%)
Majority: 16108 (53.4%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 2835 (7.9%)
Labour: 25650 (71.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 4079 (11.3%)
Plaid Cymru: 2088 (5.8%)
Referendum: 970 (2.7%)
Other: 341 (0.9%)
Majority: 21571 (60%)

No Boundary Changes: during the boundary review there were suggestions that the small size of the seat should be corrected by including the Upper Neath Valley wards, but these were eventually rejected.

Profile: An industrial seat in South Wales, situated at the mouth of the River Afon (or Avon, the origin of the name). The seat largely consists of the town of Port Talbot, but also includes the Afan Valley, the huge Corus steelworks to the South of the town, the oil refinery and the new Baglan Bay power station. Aberavon has been represented by the Labour party since 1922, most famously by Ramsay MacDonald during his first term as Prime Minister. It remains a solid Labour bastion.

portraitCurrent MP: Hywel Francis(Labour) born 1946. Married with 3 children. Educated at Whitchurch Grammar and the University of Wales. His doctorate is in History, on the Welsh international brigades in the Spanish Civil War. Worked as a Professor of Continuing Education at the same University from 1972-1999.First elected in 2001. Main interests are steel and carers/disability. In 2004 successfully passed Carers Equal Opportunities Act as a Private Members Bill (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitCaroline Jones (Conservative)
portraitHywel Francis(Labour) born 1946. Married with 3 children. Educated at Whitchurch Grammar and the University of Wales. His doctorate is in History, on the Welsh international brigades in the Spanish Civil War. Worked as a Professor of Continuing Education at the same University from 1972-1999.First elected in 2001. Main interests are steel and carers/disability. In 2004 successfully passed Carers Equal Opportunities Act as a Private Members Bill (more information at They work for you)
portraitKeith Davies (Liberal Democrat)
portraitPaul Nicholls Jones (Plaid Cymru) Contested Cynon Valley 1984 by-election as an Independent, Rhondda 1992
portraitJoe Callan (UKIP)
portraitKevin Edwards (BNP) Area sales manager. Contested Wales in 2009 European election.
portraitCaptain Beany (New Millenium Bean)
portraitAndrew Tutton (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 63150
Male: 48.3%
Female: 51.7%
Under 18: 22.3%
Over 60: 24.2%
Born outside UK: 1.9%
White: 98.8%
Asian: 0.4%
Mixed: 0.4%
Other: 0.2%
Christian: 72.4%
Full time students: 2.2%
Graduates 16-74: 11%
No Qualifications 16-74: 41.5%
Owner-Occupied: 69.9%
Social Housing: 20.9% (Council: 17.6%, Housing Ass.: 3.2%)
Privately Rented: 5.4%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 5.1%

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