TORFAEN: Constituency profile

South Wales Argus: BIG PIT: Torfaen’s link with the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China BIG PIT: Torfaen’s link with the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China

TORFAEN is historically a safe Labour seat which Lynne Neagle has held on to since the beginning.

Ms Neagle, who worked as a researcher in the office of former MEP Glenys Kinnock, will be defending a majority of 9,921, having won the last election in 2007 with 42.7 per cent of the votes.

Torfaen had a turn out of 37.8 per cent in 2007 with 23,215 votes cast.

The Referendum on March 3 had a yes vote in Torfaen with 14,655 votes in favour of the yes campaign despite it rejecting devolution in 1997.

Its parliamentary seat has been held by Labour’s Paul Murphy since 1987.

Torfaen has a rich industrial heritage with a population of around 91,000 and is home to the towns of Cwmbran in the south, Blaenavon in the north and the market town of Pontypool.

Blaenavon is a former coalmining, iron and steel town which shares something in common with the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China, having been named a World Heritage site in 2000.

It is now home to attractions such as the Big Pit National Mining Museum and the Pontypool and Blaenavon railway.

The new town of Cwmbran was established in 1949 and is now home to a popular under-cover shopping centre.

Torfaen is currently being redefined as a digital valley.

It is leading the way in Wales with its technological advances and collaborative working with investors and other local authorities.

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