Blaenau Gwent

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Blaenau Gwent county borough
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Geography
Area
- Total
- % Water
Ranked 22nd
109 km²
? %
Admin HQEbbw Vale
ISO 3166-2GB-BGW
ONS code00PL
Demographics
Population
- Total (April 29, 2001)
- Density
Ranked 20th
70,064
643 / km²
Ethnicity99.1% White.
Welsh language
- Any skills
Ranked 21st
13.3%
Politics
Blaenau Gwent Council
http://www.blaenau-gwent.gov.uk/
ControlLabour
MPPeter Law

Arms of Blaenau Gwent

Blaenau Gwent is a county borough and parliamentary constituency in South Wales. It borders the administrative areas of Monmouthshire and Torfaen to the east, Caerphilly to the west and Powys to the north. Its main towns are Abertillery, Brynmawr, Ebbw Vale and Tredegar.

The borough was formed in 1974 as a local government district. It was a merger of the Monmouthshire urban districts of Abertillery, Ebbw Vale, Nantyglo and Blaina and Tredegar, along with Brynmawr urban district and the parish of Llanelly in Brecknockshire.

It was reconstituted in 1996 as a county borough, excluding Llanelly which instead was transferred to the reconstituted Monmouthshire.

Blaenau Gwent hit the headlines at the 2005 UK General Election when an independent candidate, Peter Law, won the seat. He had resigned from the Labour Party in protest at the imposition of an all-women candidates' shortlist following the retirement of incumbent MP Llew Smith, and defeated the official Labour candidate, Maggie Jones, by a majority of over 10,000 votes. The seat had previously been held by Aneurin Bevan and Michael Foot, and was considered one of Labour's safest.


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