A blog by Luke Akehurst about politics, elections, and the Labour Party - With subtitles for the Hard of Left. Just for the record: all the views expressed here are entirely personal and do not necessarily represent the positions of any organisations I am a member of.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Seats to watch

Interesting news last week that Plaid Cymru MP Adam Price is standing down at the General Election from his Carmarthen East & Dinefwr seat to go and study in the US.

This currently looks like a relatively safe seat for Plaid (majority 6718) but has a history of yo-yoing between Labour and Plaid, often moving against the tide of the rest of the UK as the appeal of individual candidates and whether they have local roots in this heavily Welsh-speaking area can have a big impact.

Carmarthen East & Dinefwr was a Labour seat from 1997-2001 before being won by Price.

The previous Carmarthen seat before the 1997 boundary changes was Liberal from 1876 to 1929, Labour from 1929 to 1931, Liberal from 1931 to 1935, Labour from 1935 to 1945, Liberal from 1945 to 1957, Labour from 1957 to 1966, Plaid from 1966 to 1970, Labour from 1970 to Oct 1974, Plaid from Oct 1974 to 1979, then Labour from 1979 until its abolition in 1997.

One to watch for a counter-intuitive result on election night.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, but that was in the days when Labour had a soul and a conscience.

You people are D E A D in eight months time when we finally get to rid ourselves of the venally corrupt New Labour Project for good.

1:03 pm, September 21, 2009

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now why am I not surprised at Price b*gg*ring of to the States as a student _ His politics have always been that of an imature student.

BVut before ye go Pricey can you tell us more about that brawl you got in to in Worcester last year ?

GW

7:58 pm, September 21, 2009

 
Blogger Merseymike said...

I can't see Labour gaining any seats at all on present forecasts. Adam Price is a good MP and it will be interesting to see who PC pick to replace him

11:50 pm, September 21, 2009

 

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