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  Carmarthen East & Dinefwr
  PartyPlaid Cymru
NameJonathan Edwards
Votes15,140 (38.43%)
Margin5,599 (+14.21%)
Term05/08/2015 - 05/00/2020

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Parents > United Kingdom > Wales > Wales  
Established 00, 0000
Disbanded Still Active
Last ModifiedWishful Thinking May 12, 2005 06:32pm
DescriptionCarmarthenshire has played a significant role in Welsh politics for generations; from the anti-toll gate Rebecca rioters of the 1830s to Gwynfor Evans becoming Plaid Cymru's first MP in 1966. Today this can be a volatile parliamentary seat. Labour won back Carmarthen in 1970, clung on by just three votes in February 1974, only for Gwynfor Evans to regain it in that year's second general election in October. Labour were again triumphant in 1979, holding the parliamentary seat until 2001, by which time it had become Carmarthen East and Dinefwr. But Plaid were in the ascendant: Rhodri Glyn Thomas became the AM in 1999, and Adam Price its MP two years later. At the last election, it saw a 7.6% swing from Labour to Plaid Cymru where elsewhere in Wales Plaid failed to initiate the political turnaround they had hoped for. In the Assembly election in 2003, Rhodri Glyn Thomas was again comfortably returned as the constituency member, but his vote fell by 4.6%. Over half the constituency's population are Welsh speakers. It is largely rural, but also contains old mining areas in the Amman Valley. Carmarthenshire is also home to Middleton, the 568-acre National Botanic Garden of Wales, near Llanarthne. It was the first botanic garden to be built in the UK for over 200 years.




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