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About Islwyn

Chris Evans MPIslwyn comprises a series of small towns and villages scattered along the mountains and valleys of west Gwent, nestling comfortably in what could be termed the bible belt of Welsh rugby union.

Islwyn is a seat with a population of almost 73,000 divided between urban and rural areas.

On the eastern side of the constituency, in the Ebbw Valley, are the towns and villages of Crumlin, Newbridge, Abercarn, Cwmcarn, Risca and Pontymister.

In the centre is the Sirhowy Valley with the towns and villages of Blackwood, Pontllanfraith, Oakdale, Markham, Argoed, Hollybush, Wyllie, Ynysddu, Cwmfelinfach, Wattsville and Cross Keys. In the west is the Rhymney Valley and the towns and villages of Pengam, Fleur-de-Lys, and Britannia.

The main shopping areas are located at Blackwood, Newbridge and Risca. The constituency is part of the county borough of Caerphilly and is twinned with Pisek in the Czech Republic.

A former bastion of the coal-mining industry, the constituency’s employment opportunities range from companies making fast foods to microchips, from carpets to communications systems and print products to military hardware. Unemployment is relatively low and the area has proved a major attraction for inward investors.

Education is offered principally through age 11-16 comprehensive schools and post-16 education at the Cross Keys campus of Coleg Gwent.

The constituency’s name (meaning ‘below the grove’) is derived from the ancient parish of Mynyddislwyn which covered roughly the same area. Islwyn was also the nom de plum of local poet William Thomas (1832-1878).

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06.04.17 - ‘Defence contract shows Islwyn is the place to do business’, says Islwyn MPread more

30.03.17 - Islwyn MP hits out at ‘unfair’ TV licence extra charges. read more

29.03.17 - ‘The UK must act to end the crisis in Yemen’, says Islwyn MP. read more

23.03.17 - ‘More needs to be done about ‘disgraceful’ road pollution’ says Islwyn MP. read more

17.03.17 - ‘It is vital to counter radicalisation from returning Daesh fighters’ says Islwyn MP. read more

15.03.17 - Chancellor fails to rule out 2020 tax rise for self-employed after a question from Islwyn’s MP. read more

09.03.17 - ‘This budget is an attack on our small business owners’ says Islwyn MP. read more

03.03.17 - Islwyn MP demands answers over rail project failures. read more

23.02.17- Islwyn MP backs breathing space for families in problem debt. read more

08.02.17 - ‘Banks use unfair overdrafts to sell unneeded financial products’ says Islwyn MP. read more

07.02.17 - ‘HMRC must get tougher on rich tax avoiders,’ says Islwyn MP. read more

27.01.17 - ‘HMRC must get tougher on rich tax avoiders,’ says Islwyn MP. read more

24.01.17 - ‘We must remember the holocaust’ says Islwyn MP. read more

11.01.17 - Foreign Secretary fails to answer question from Islwyn MP. read more

10.01.17 - Islwyn MP slams HMRC customer service failures. read more

09.01.17 - Islwyn MP hails ‘victory for local residents’. read more

09.01.17 - Use proceeds of crime to help prevent crime, says Islwyn MP. read more

09.12.16 - Let’s get Brexit right. read more

06.12.16 - ‘War widows deserve pension justice’ says Islwyn MP. read more

02.12.16 - ‘Government should be ashamed over food bank use’ says Islwyn MP. read more

24.11.16 - Islwyn MP hits out at ‘failure’ budget. read more

18.11.16 - Islwyn MP throws his support behind boundary review amendment Bill. read more

18.11.16 - Islwyn MP calls on constituents to help ‘spread the warmth. read more

16.11.16 - Islwyn MP calls out ‘unjust’ and ‘disproportionate’ county court judgements and urges reform. read more

11.11.16 - Islwyn MP pays tribute to inspirational Youth Summit. read more

04.11.16 - Islwyn MP demands government answers for financial services. read more

02.11.16 - Islwyn MP celebrates contribution of health and social care workers. read more

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