Pontypridd has as always been safe Labour seat.Well up till last year when the Libdem candidate Mike (Bandwagon) Powell ran them close.
General Election 2010: Pontypridd
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labur Owen Smith 14,220 38.8 -15.4
Lib Mike Powell 11 ,435 31.2 +11.2
Cone Lee Gonzalez 5,932 16.2 +4.6
Plaid Ioan Bellin 2,673 7.3 -3.7
UKIP David Bevan 1,229 3.4 +0.8
SLP Simon Parsons 456 1.2 +1.2
Christian Donald Watson 365 1.0 +1.0
Green John Matthews 361 1.0
Majority 2,785 7.6
Turnout 36,671 63.0% -0.2
Labour hold Swing -13.
This was an impressive performance by the Libdems and Bandwagon in particular who has been nursing the constituency fo a long time and increased his pressure on Labour from the 2007 Assembly Election making Pontpridd a marginal seat
Party Candidate Votes %
Labr Jane Davidson 9,836 41.8
Lib Mike Powell 6,489 27.6
Plaid Richard Grigg 4,181 17.8
Cons Janice Charles 3,035 12.9
Majority 3,347 14.2
Turnout 23,541 41 %
It's slightly deceptive, they seem to have concentrated on the main route through the Village and these are after all traditional Labour voters but these are also people who may well have failed to vote last time.
But it looks as if Labour "We can protect you from the Con/Libdem cuts is working.though it prehaps shows a weakness in that their attraction is that that they are not the Con/Libdem coalition.
What of the other Parties the Tories have never really campaigned in the Consistency and Plaid have somehow lost a deal of it influence here.
But they both may well actually Bbnefit from the perceived increase in Labour support.; Because if votrs find as I do Mike Bamdwagon's negative campaigning distasteful you might have been tempted to vote Labour to keep him out.
Have look on his take on the constituency on Subordinate Central where he attacks the Labour candidate but not his Polcies and makes the usual claim that he is an outsider.whilst also making a veiled attack on Mick Antoniw's integrity.
Bamdwagon is also responsible for one of the most dubious Bar charts ever produced by the LIbdems his campaign last year.
So I expect Labour to win comfortably and the only real interest is who will came second. A year is certainly a long time in politics.
Assembly Election 2011: Pontypridd
Labour Mick Antoniw
Libdem Mike Powell
Cons Joel James
Plaid Ioan Bellin
Ind Ken Owens