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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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20.10.17 - Islwyn MP calls on government to do more to protect Coptic Christians in Egypt. read more

19.10.17 - Islwyn MP backs fight to pause 'shambolic Universal Credit. read more

18.10.17 - Islwyn MP calls for end to cruelty of hidden UK Puppy Trade. read more

17.10.17 - ‘Government must clamp down on British terror fighters’ says Islwyn MP. read more

17.10.17 - Islwyn MP hits out at ‘deeply flawed’ constituency proposals. read more

11.10.17 - 'Protect Shopworkers from violence and threats' says Islwyn MP. read more

11.10.17 - Fears raised Wales could be a dumping ground for radioactive mud. read more

02.10.17 - ‘The valleys are full of hidden artistic talent’ says Islwyn MP. read more

19.09.17 - Islwyn MP Celebrates Achievements of South Wales Industry. read more

12.09.17 - "Recognise the Vital Role Animals Played in Wartime" says Islwyn MP. read more

12.09.17 - Islwyn MP Backs Campaign to Scrap Public Sector Pay Cap. read more

20.07.17 - Rail electrification scheme ‘a shambles’, says Islwyn MP. read more

19.07.17 - MP demands action and slams ‘disgraceful’ standard of forces accommodation. read more

18.07.17 - Islwyn MP hits out at ‘overspending’ railway electrification project. read more

17.07.17 - Islwyn MP calls for extra support for mobile cancer care units read more

11.07.17 - Islwyn MP hits out at government’s ‘failed economic policies’ read more

05.07.17 - Islwyn MP pledges to tackle loneliness . read more

04.07.17 - Islwyn MP honoured by University of Wales Trinity St David’s. read more

27.04.17 - ‘The government must stop pollution deaths scandal,’ says Islwyn MP. read more

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

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