Fonds GB 0210 NEWLAB - Newport West Labour Party Records,

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Newport West Labour Party Records,


  • 1966-2001 / (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

0.252 cubic metres (26 boxes); 1 file (July 2006); 2 small boxes (October 2007)

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Name of creator

Administrative history

The Newport West constituency was created in 1983 and was formerly part of Newport. The seat was held by Mark Robinson, a Conservative MP, from 1983 to 1987.

Paul Flynn was elected Labour MP for Newport West in 1987 and has remained in his seat to date (December 2001). He was a member of Newport County Borough Council from 1972 to 1981 and became Deputy Leader of the Council in 1980. He served as a Gwent County Councillor from 1974 to 1983, and in 1984 became a researcher for Llew Smith, the Labour MEP for South East Wales.

Councillor David J. Mayer, constituency agent to Mr Paul Flynn, is a member of the Newport County Borough Council Labour Group, representing the Malpas ward. The Newport County Borough Council is a unitary authority formed in 1996, which has a large majority of Labour councillors.

The papers reflect the activities of the Labour Party in the Newport West constituency and in the Malpas ward; the Newport County Borough Council Labour Group, and the Manufacturing, Science and Finance Union (MSF).

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Mr Paul Flynn MP, House of Commons, London, between May 1989 and August 2001.; A1989/66

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Scope and content

Papers, 1966-2001, relating to the Newport West Labour Party; the Newport County Borough Council Labour Group; the Manufacturing, Science and Finance Union (MSF), Newport 9909 Branch; the South East Wales European Constituency Labour Party, and various election campaigns, including correspondence, minutes, financial records, reports and material relating to election campaigns.

An additional file of letters, 1956-1957, and printed leaflets etc., 2005-2006, relating to the Labour Party's activities in Newport West constituency were received. This group remains uncatalogued.

Additional papers of the donor, MP for Newport West and former member of Gwent County Council, mainly relating to local, Parliamentary and European elections, and in particular to the 2001 election. This group remains uncatalogued.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Action: All papers donated to NLW have been retained..


Accruals are expected.

System of arrangement

Arranged into two groups: donations received between May 1989 and Dec. 1998 (further arranged into ten series); and donations received in June and August 2001 (further arranged into five series).

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Conditions governing access

The written permission of the constituency agent is required to consult the papers for a period of fifteen years from the last date of the file. Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to sign the 'Modern papers - data protection' form.

Conditions governing reproduction

Usual copyright laws apply.

Language of material

  • English

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Finding aids

Hard copies of the catalogue listing donations received between 1989 and 1998 are available at NLW, in Minor Lists and Summaries 1989, p. 19; 1991, pp. 50-1; 1992, p. 98; 1993, p. 53; 1994, pp. 37-8; 1995, p. 43; 1996, p. 55; 1997, p. 72; 1998, pp. 50-1, and 1999, p. 59.

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Previously called Paul Flynn Papers.

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Institution identifier

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru = The National Library of Wales

Rules and/or conventions used

Description follows NLW guidelines based on ISAD(G) 2nd ed.; AACR2; and LCSH


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion

May 2002.


  • English



Archivist's note

Compiled by Nia Mai Williams.

Archivist's note

The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Denis Balsom (ed.), The Wales Yearbook 2001; Newport County Borough Council Website, (December 2001);

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