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  Preseli Pembrokeshire
NameStephen Crabb
Votes21,381 (50.40%)
Margin5,062 (+11.93%)
Term12/13/2019 - 05/02/2024

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Parents > United Kingdom > Wales > Wales  
Established 00, 0000
Disbanded Still Active
Last ModifiedWishful Thinking May 13, 2005 04:32pm
Description This was a new seat in 1997, formed from part of the Ceredigion and Pembroke North and Pembroke constituencies. The former Ceredigion and Pembroke North seat was a Liberal stronghold until Cynog Dafis took it for Plaid Cymru in 1992. The southern part of the constituency, formerly in the Pembroke seat, was traditional Conservative territory until Labour won it in 1992. The formation of the new seat reduces the Plaid Cymru and Liberal Democrat influence, and leaves Labour and the Conservatives as the largest parties. Labour's Jackie Lawrence had a comfortable majority of 20.6% over the Conservatives in 1997. In the Assembly election of 1999, Plaid Cymru considerably improved their position and came within 9.4% of the Labour vote. Nevertheless, in Westminster terms, it seems to remain a two-horse race between Labour and the Conservatives.||A predominantly rural seat, Preseli Pembrokeshire comprises parts of English-speaking south Pembrokeshire including much of the port town of Milford Haven, combined with the Welsh-speaking northern part of the county. The constituency's spectacular coastline lies within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and the Preseli Mountains are in the north. It also includes Fishguard which serves as a major sea ferry port to Ireland.||Tourism is an important local employer and is recovering following the impact of the Sea Empress oil spillage disaster of 1995. The oil refining industry has also been a big employer, but has been in decline in recent years, a factor which has contributed to relatively high rates of unemployment, particularly in the south of the constituency. Employment in the area has also been hit by the closure of local defence installations. According to the 1991 census, 18.4% of the population of the Pembrokeshire County Council area could speak Welsh but within the Preseli Pembrokeshire constituency, Welsh speaking is more prevalent in its northernmost part. St David's, the smallest city in Great Britain, is one of the area's major tourist attractions.




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