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Labour’s Stephen Kinnock wins Aberafan Maesteg

Stephen Kinnock Of Aberafan Maesteg Celebrates Election Victory With His Wife (Pic: Lewis Smith)

THE LABOUR party has been named as the winner of the Aberafan Maesteg constituency in the 2024 elections after winning a massive share of the vote.

Stephen Kinnock who was previously the MP for Aberavon before the review of constituency boundaries in Wales, has been elected as the new MP with a total of 17,838 votes.

The candidate for Reform Mark Griffiths took second place in the area while Colin Deere of Plaid Cymru took the third position. The full vote totals were as follows:

  • Captain Beany (Independent) – 618
  • Colin Deere (Plaid Cymru) – 4,719
  • Justin Griffiths (Lib Dem) 916
  • Mark Griffiths (Reform UK) 7,484
  • Nigel Hill (Green Party) 1,094
  • Stephen Kinnock (Labour) 17,838
  • Abigail Mainon (Conservatives) 2,903
  • Rhiannon Morrissey (Heritage Party) 183

The Aberafan Maesteg seat was described as one of the most changed constituencies in the redrawn political map of Wales with the overall number of constituencies changing from 40 to 32 for this election.

Contested for the first time this year it is made up of all the old Aberavon seat, plus 26.4% of the former Ogmore, 17.2% of Bridgend and 1.6% of Neath.

It saw a turn out of 49.37% on the night, an overall of 35,834 votes which comes from a total of 72,580 who were eligible to vote this year.

Speaking after the victory the newly elected member Stephen Kinnock said he was honoured to win the seat and couldn’t wait  to see what the next four years now held for both Wales and the UK, though admitted there was a huge amount of work to do.

He said: “It’s a great privilege to represent this amazing constituency of Aberafan Maesteg. It was a very good result this evening. I know that there’s a huge amount of work to do now as Labour will form a government and we have to role up our sleeves and get stuck in. It’s about delivering for the people of Aberafan Maesteg, for the people of Wales and for the United Kingdom.

“It’s been a very long journey to get to where we are today. It’s been 27 years since Labour won from opposition. It’s a once in a generation opportunity for us. We have to take it with both hands and we have to deliver for the British people.”

Born in Tredegar, the 54-year-old Kinnock is married with two children. He has been Labour MP for Aberavon since 2015, with a previous European-wide career in business.

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The election night, which saw big wins for th Labour party right across the country also marked the end of long-time candidate Captain Beany who has been a fixture at elections in Wales across four separate decades – with the baked bean fan saying this campaign will be his last.