South Wales East (European Parliament constituency)

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South Wales East
European Parliament constituency


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Created 1984
Dissolved 1999
MEP(s) 1
Member State United Kingdom
Source(s) [1]

South Wales East was a European Parliament constituency covering south eastern Wales, including Gwent and parts of Mid Glamorgan.

Prior to its uniform adoption of proportional representation in 1999, the United Kingdom used first-past-the-post for the European elections in England, Scotland and Wales. The European Parliament constituencies used under that system were smaller than the later regional constituencies and only had one Member of the European Parliament each.

When it was created in Wales in 1984, it consisted of the Westminster Parliament constituencies of Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Cynon Valley, Islwyn, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, Monmouth, Newport East, Newport West, Rhondda, and Torfaen. The Cynon Valley moved to South Wales Central in 1994, leaving South Wales East with Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Islwyn, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, Monmouth, Newport East, Newport West and Torfaen.[1]

The constituency replaced the similarly named South East Wales in 1984 and became part of the much larger Wales constituency in 1999.

Members of the European Parliament[edit]

Elected Name Party
1984 Llew Smith Labour
1994 Glenys Kinnock Labour

Elections[edit]

European elections 1989:South Wales East[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Llew Smith 138,872 64.3
Conservative R. J. Young 30,384 14.1
Green M. .J Witherden 27,869 12.9
Plaid Cymru Jill Evans 14,152 6.5
SDP–Liberal Alliance P. Nicholls-Jones 4,661 2.2
Majority 108,488 50.2
Turnout 215,938

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