Blaenau Gwent

Parliamentary constituency
LAB HOLD

Results

Labour
, with candidate Nick Smith
, have the following results:
  • 18,380 total votes taken.
  • 58.0% share of the total vote
  • +5.6% change in share of the votes
UKIP
, with candidate Susan Boucher
, have the following results:
  • 5,677 total votes taken.
  • 17.9% share of the total vote
  • +16.4% change in share of the votes
Conservative
, with candidate Tracey West
, have the following results:
  • 3,419 total votes taken.
  • 10.8% share of the total vote
  • +3.8% change in share of the votes
Plaid Cymru
, with candidate Steffan Lewis
, have the following results:
  • 2,849 total votes taken.
  • 9.0% share of the total vote
  • +4.9% change in share of the votes
Green Party
, with candidate Mark Pond
, have the following results:
  • 738 total votes taken.
  • 2.3% share of the total vote
  • +2.3% change in share of the votes
Liberal Democrat
, with candidate Samuel Rees
, have the following results:
  • 620 total votes taken.
  • 2.0% share of the total vote
  • -8.2% change in share of the votes

Change compared with 2010

LAB majority: 12,703 40.1%
Turnout
61.7%

Vote share

Party %
LAB 58.0
UKIP 17.9
CON 10.8
PC 9.0
GRN 2.3
LD 2.0

Vote share change since 2010

-%
+%
UKIP
+16.4
LAB
+5.6
PC
+4.9
CON
+3.8
GRN
+2.3
LD
-8.2

Latest updates Blaenau Gwent

19.08.2015

14:30

Missing pigeon 'drops in' on zoo

A missing champion pigeon made a dramatic landing at the feet of a zookeeper following a buzzard attack.

08.05.2015

05:36

Tories hold Cardiff North from Labour

Conservatives hold on to Cardiff North which was Labour's top Welsh target seat.
01:15

Let there be light

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Lights back on at the count after turning off because they were on a timer.

01:12

Plunged into darkness

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BBC Wales' Natasha Livingstone says: "Lights have gone out, it's thought they're on a timer and should be back on soon. Count continues with the use of phone torches."

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Constituency profile

At the upper end of the Gwent Valleys, Blaenau Gwent is based around the towns of Ebbw Vale, Tredegar and Abertillery. With the closure of Ebbw Vale steelworks in 2002, the area has suffered from problems associated with post-industrial areas, although there are ambitious plans to regenerate the region with a new £300m racing circuit.

The employment rate, at 63.8%, is well below the UK average. 92.1% of the population were born in Wales, the highest proportion in Wales.

The constituency has been represented by Labour giants Aneurin Bevan and Michael Foot, but following a row over all-women shortlists it was won in 2005 by independent Peter Law. On his death a year later Mr Law's agent, Dai Davies, held the seat at a by-election. But in 2010 it was won back by Labour's Nick Smith with 52.4% of the vote, ahead of Mr Davies on 19.9%. The Liberal Democrats polled 10.1%, the Conservatives 7% and Plaid Cymru 4.1%. The BNP beat UKIP to finish sixth.