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Torfaen

2010 Results:
Conservative: 7541 (20.03%)
Labour: 16847 (44.76%)
Liberal Democrat: 6264 (16.64%)
Plaid Cymru: 2005 (5.33%)
BNP: 1657 (4.4%)
UKIP: 862 (2.29%)
Green: 438 (1.16%)
Independent: 2026 (5.38%)
Majority: 9306 (24.73%)

2005 Results:
Labour: 20472 (56.9%)
Conservative: 5681 (15.8%)
Liberal Democrat: 5678 (15.8%)
Plaid Cymru: 2242 (6.2%)
Other: 1906 (5.3%)
Majority: 14791 (41.1%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 5603 (15.9%)
Labour: 21883 (62.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 3936 (11.2%)
Plaid Cymru: 2720 (7.7%)
UKIP: 657 (1.9%)
Other: 443 (1.3%)
Majority: 16280 (46.2%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 5327 (12.3%)
Labour: 29863 (69.1%)
Liberal Democrat: 5249 (12.1%)
Plaid Cymru: 1042 (2.4%)
Referendum: 1245 (2.9%)
Other: 519 (1.2%)
Majority: 24536 (56.7%)

No Boundary Changes:

Profile:

portraitCurrent MP: Paul Murphy(Labour) born 1948, Usk. Educated at West Monmouth School and Oxford University. Minister of State for Northern Ireland 1997-1999, Secretary of State for Wales 1999-2002, for Further Education lecturer. MP for Torfaen since 1987. Northern Ireland 2002-2005 before leaving the government. He briefly returned to his former role of Secretary of State for Wales between 2008 and 2009 following Peter Hain`s resignation (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitJon Burns (Conservative) Born 1981, Manchester. Cardiff councillor since 2004. Contested Blaenau Gwent in 2006 Welsh assembly by-election, South Wales in 2007 Welsh Assembly election.
portraitPaul Murphy(Labour) born 1948, Usk. Educated at West Monmouth School and Oxford University. Minister of State for Northern Ireland 1997-1999, Secretary of State for Wales 1999-2002, for Further Education lecturer. MP for Torfaen since 1987. Northern Ireland 2002-2005 before leaving the government. He briefly returned to his former role of Secretary of State for Wales between 2008 and 2009 following Peter Hain`s resignation (more information at They work for you)
portraitDavid Morgan (Liberal Democrat) Born Torfaen. Council officer. Cardiff councillor.
portraitRhys ab Elis (Plaid Cymru) Born 1946, London. Contested Blaenau Gwent 2003 Welsh assembly election, Torfaen 2007 Welsh assembly election.
portraitOwen Clarke (Green)
portraitGareth Dunn (UKIP) Educated at Bath University. Teacher and former geophysicist.
portraitJennie Noble (BNP)
portraitFred Wildgust (Independent) Educated at Aberystwyth University. Self employed former miner. Torfaen councillor since 2008.
portraitRichard Turner-Thomas (Independent)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 81030
Male: 48.5%
Female: 51.5%
Under 18: 24.6%
Over 60: 20.6%
Born outside UK: 1.9%
White: 99.1%
Asian: 0.3%
Mixed: 0.4%
Other: 0.2%
Christian: 70.1%
Full time students: 2.2%
Graduates 16-74: 12.7%
No Qualifications 16-74: 37.4%
Owner-Occupied: 66.6%
Social Housing: 27.8% (Council: 24%, Housing Ass.: 3.8%)
Privately Rented: 3.4%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 2.7%

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102 Responses to “Torfaen”

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  1. “The key question is that if the economy picks up”

    It wont.

  2. Hi Richard…..

    It will be interesting to see how Mr Hollande gets on with his ‘anti austerity’ policies. Even the Germans are beginning to turn away from Frau ‘Safe Pair of Austerity’ Hands’ Merkel…..I suspect that it will all end in tears !!!

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