The Bridgend constituency was created in 1983 and has been a Labour stronghold since 1985 when Win Griffiths was elected as Member of Parliament. In 2005 Win Griffiths retired and Labour candidate Madeleine Moon was elected as MP in open competition.
The constituency is located south of the M4 to the coast, extends eastwards to Coychurch and westwards to Cornelly. There are two main towns Bridgend and Porthcawl. Bridgend is an old market town and Porthcawl is a coastal resort. Employment is mainly retail, manufacturing and tourism. Porthcawl has the largest caravan holiday park in Europe Trecco Bay, taking advantage of the impressive coastline and scenery.
On the edge of the constituency is Kenfig National Nature Reserve. This is one of the finest Wildlife habitats in Wales and one of the last remnants of a huge dune system that once stretched along the coast of South Wales from the River Ogmore to the Gower peninsula. The reserve is home to unique wild orchids, as well as insects and wildlife. Kenfig is one of the most important sites in Britain for nature conservation.
Bridgend has two large industrial estates where there are many niche companies based operating successfully in the global markets. Companies such as AMSS, Spectrum, Biomet and IT company Logica. Also Fords Engine Plant is one of our major employers, manufacturing low carbon "EcoBoost" engines.
The Local Authority Bridgend County Borough Council is led by the Labour Party.
The Headquarters of South Wales Police is based here.
Situated near the M4 it has good road links and regular train/bus services east and west.