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Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney

2010 Results:
Conservative: 2412 (7.52%)
Labour: 14007 (43.67%)
Liberal Democrat: 9951 (31.02%)
Plaid Cymru: 1621 (5.05%)
BNP: 1173 (3.66%)
UKIP: 872 (2.72%)
Socialist Labour: 195 (0.61%)
Independent: 1845 (5.75%)
Majority: 4056 (12.65%)

2005 Results:
Labour: 18129 (60.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 4195 (14%)
Plaid Cymru: 2972 (9.9%)
Conservative: 2680 (8.9%)
Other: 2000 (6.7%)
Majority: 13934 (46.5%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 2272 (7.2%)
Labour: 19574 (61.8%)
Liberal Democrat: 2385 (7.5%)
Plaid Cymru: 4651 (14.7%)
Other: 2802 (8.8%)
Majority: 14923 (47.1%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 2508 (6.4%)
Labour: 30012 (76.7%)
Liberal Democrat: 2926 (7.5%)
Plaid Cymru: 2344 (6%)
Referendum: 660 (1.7%)
Other: 691 (1.8%)
Majority: 27086 (69.2%)

No Boundary Changes:

Profile:

portraitCurrent MP: Dai Havard(Labour) Born 1950, Merthyr Tydfil. Former trade union official. MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney since 2001. (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitMaria Hill (Conservative)
portraitDai Havard(Labour) Born 1950, Merthyr Tydfil. Former trade union official. MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney since 2001. (more information at They work for you)
portraitAmy Kitcher (Liberal Democrat) born 1981, Merthyr. Educated at Vaynor and Penyderyn High School and Aston University. Assistant to Mike German AM. Contested 2006 Blaneau Gwent by-election.
portraitGlyndwr Jones (Plaid Cymru) born 1969, son of former Labour MP Gwynoro Jones. Contested Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney in 2007 Welsh election.
portraitAdam Brown (UKIP) Educated at Bishop Hedley High School. Runs a recruitment business.
portraitRichard Barnes (BNP)
portraitAlan Cowdell (Socialist Labour)
portraitClive Tovey (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 73283
Male: 48.2%
Female: 51.8%
Under 18: 24.3%
Over 60: 21.8%
Born outside UK: 1.4%
White: 99.1%
Asian: 0.4%
Mixed: 0.2%
Other: 0.2%
Christian: 69%
Full time students: 2.4%
Graduates 16-74: 10.9%
No Qualifications 16-74: 45.1%
Owner-Occupied: 66.4%
Social Housing: 24.7% (Council: 19.9%, Housing Ass.: 4.8%)
Privately Rented: 4.8%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 4%

NB - The constituency guide is now archived and is no longer being updated. It will be replaced by a new guide in 2013, once the fate of the boundary review is finally settled.