Blaenau Gwent

Blaenau Gwent

Blaenau Gwent is a county borough and parliamentary constituency in South Wales. It borders the principal 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 of Gwent. 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. The area is now governed by Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council.


Top performing secondary schools in Blaenau Gwent, (5 GCSE's, grades A-C), according to the latest reports from Estyn :

63% Glyncoed Comprehensive School, Ebbw Vale

62% Brynmawr Comprehensive School, Brynmawr

46% Ebbw Vale Comprehensive School, Ebbw Vale

38% Nantyglo Comprehensive School, Brynmawr

37% Abertillery Comprehensive School, Abertillery

35% Tredegar Comprehensive School, Tredegar


Blaenau Gwent hit the headlines at the 2005 UK General Election when an independent candidate, Peter Law, won the Westminster 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 margin of 9,121 votes. The seat had previously been held by Aneurin Bevan and Michael Foot, and was considered one of Labour's safest. Law died April 25, 2006 and in the by-election, a former supporter of his, Dai Davies won, running as an independent candidate. Peter Law's widow, Trish Law, won his former Welsh Assembly seat, also running as an independent candidate. In 2007 both retained their seats.

External links

* [ Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council Home]
* [ Channel 4's Kirstie and Phil's Best & Worst Places to Live on Blaenau Gwent]

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