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Rhondda

2010 Results:
Conservative: 1993 (6.41%)
Labour: 17183 (55.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 3309 (10.65%)
Plaid Cymru: 5630 (18.12%)
UKIP: 358 (1.15%)
Independent: 2599 (8.36%)
Majority: 11553 (37.18%)

2005 Results:
Labour: 21198 (68.1%)
Plaid Cymru: 4956 (15.9%)
Liberal Democrat: 3264 (10.5%)
Conservative: 1730 (5.6%)
Other: 0 (0%)
Majority: 16242 (52.1%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 1557 (4.6%)
Labour: 23230 (68.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 1525 (4.5%)
Plaid Cymru: 7183 (21.1%)
Other: 507 (1.5%)
Majority: 16047 (47.2%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 1551 (3.8%)
Labour: 30381 (74.5%)
Liberal Democrat: 2307 (5.7%)
Plaid Cymru: 5450 (13.4%)
Referendum: 658 (1.6%)
Other: 460 (1.1%)
Majority: 24931 (61.1%)

No Boundary Changes:

Profile: In the south Wales valleys, the Rhondda is coal mining territory, while the deep mines have gone it retains the character of the mining community, along with the economic deprivation that the departure of the mines left behind. Local employment was further hit by the closure of the Burberry factory in 2007.

Normally a rock solid Labour bastion, Labour is entrenched in the culture of the Rhondda. The constituency the divisions of it that existed between 1918 and 1974 have been held by Labour since 1885, normally with majorities of well over 50%. In the Welsh Assembly elections the seat has been more keenly fought – in 1999 Plaid Cmyru won the seat and, while it was regained by Labour in 2003, Labour`s majorities in Welsh Assembly elections are notably lower than the landslide victories they invariably manage at Westminister elections.

portraitCurrent MP: Chris Bryant(Labour) born 1962, Cardiff. Educated at Cheltenham College and Oxford University, where he was an officer in the Oxford University Conservative association before joining the Labour party in 1986. Ordained as a Church of England priest 1987. Head of European Affairs at the BBC 1998-2000. Hackney councillor 1993-1998. Contested Wycombe 1997. First elected as MP for Rhondda in 2001. A surprising figure for such a working class bastion of traditional Labour, Bryant is a former Conservative, former clergyman and openly gay, having received some mockery in the Commons after photos of him in only his underwear were found on the website Gaydar. In the early years following his election his reputation was as an extreme loyalist, but in 2006 he was one of 15 MPs who signed a letter demanding that Tony Blair name a date for his departure (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitJuliet Henderson (Conservative)
portraitChris Bryant(Labour) born 1962, Cardiff. Educated at Cheltenham College and Oxford University, where he was an officer in the Oxford University Conservative association before joining the Labour party in 1986. Ordained as a Church of England priest 1987. Head of European Affairs at the BBC 1998-2000. Hackney councillor 1993-1998. Contested Wycombe 1997. First elected as MP for Rhondda in 2001. A surprising figure for such a working class bastion of traditional Labour, Bryant is a former Conservative, former clergyman and openly gay, having received some mockery in the Commons after photos of him in only his underwear were found on the website Gaydar. In the early years following his election his reputation was as an extreme loyalist, but in 2006 he was one of 15 MPs who signed a letter demanding that Tony Blair name a date for his departure (more information at They work for you)
portraitPaul Wasley (Liberal Democrat) born 1950, Rhondda. Educated at Tonypandy Grammar School. Formerly owned an engineering company.
portraitGeraint Davies (Plaid Cymru) born 1948, Treherbert. Educated at Pentre Grammar School and London University. Pharmacist. Rhondda Cynon Taff councillor. Welsh Assembly member for Rhondda 1999-2003.
portraitTaffy John (UKIP)
portraitPhilip Howe (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 72443
Male: 48.3%
Female: 51.7%
Under 18: 23.7%
Over 60: 23.5%
Born outside UK: 1%
White: 99.3%
Asian: 0.2%
Mixed: 0.2%
Other: 0.2%
Christian: 60.2%
Full time students: 2.3%
Graduates 16-74: 9.1%
No Qualifications 16-74: 47.2%
Owner-Occupied: 76.1%
Social Housing: 12.3% (Council: 8.3%, Housing Ass.: 4%)
Privately Rented: 7.6%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 8.8%

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.