Islwyn Constituency Labour Party, records 1911-1999

Summary Information

Gwent Archives
Islwyn Constituency Labour Party.
Records deposited by Islwyn Constituency Labour Party
0.225 Cubic Metres
General Physical Description note

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Biographical/Historical note

The Bedwellty parliamentary constituency was formed in 1918 from part of the former constituency of Monmouthshire. In 1983, following the Third Periodical Report of the Boundary Commission in Wales, Bedwellty became the basis for the new Islwyn constituency. The Labour Party was represented locally by the Bedwellty Division/Constituency Labour Party and later Islwyn CLP, as well as various wards. From 1918 to the present (2004) the constituency has had unbroken Labour Party representation in Parliament, namely Sir Charles Edwards, 1918-1950, Harold Finch, 1950-1970, Neil Kinnock, 1970-1995, and Don Touhig from 1995.

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Scope and Contents note

Bedwellty and Islwyn Constituency Labour Party records, 1911-1999, including minutes, 1918-1997, correspondence files, 1965-1998, membership records, 1969-1995, election papers and ephemera, 1966-1999, Annual Conference reports, 1966-1999, policy and constitutional papers, 1970-1998, Blackwood Ward Labour Party minutes, 1948-1975, and Cwmfelinfach, Ynysddu & District Labour Party minutes, 1955-1973; records relating to local Trades and Labour Councils, 1911-1974; National Union of Mineworkers Risca Lodge financial records, [1965]; minutes, correspondence and other records of the Co-operative Party, [1977]-1993; correspondence and financial records of the Campaign for Democracy in Chile, 1973-1974; papers relating to Bedwas and Machen Urban District Council, 1946-1973; printed histories and memorabilia of the trade union and Labour movement, 1967-1989; printed books and reports, 1971-1998.

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Arrangement note

Arranged into the following: Labour Party records; Trades and Labour Council records; National Union of Mineworkers (South Wales Area); Co-operative Party records; Campaign for Democracy in Chile (South Wales area); district council records; miscellaneous records; trade union and Labour movement; miscellaneous printed books and reports.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Gwent Archives

Conditions Governing Access note

Usual conditions apply

Conditions Governing Use note

Usual copyright regulations apply

Accruals note

Accruals are not expected

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Deposited by Islwyn Constituency Labour Party, [2000].

Appraisal note

All records have been retained

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Related papers are in National Library of Wales, Neil Kinnock Constituency Papers.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Labour Party-Monmouthshire-Wales

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Other Finding Aids note

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Gwent Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives.

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Collection Inventory

Labour Party Records 

Minutes and Reports 

Bedwellty Division Labour Party 

 D3784/1 Executive Committee, minute book 1918-1955   1.0 volumes

Bedwellty Constituency Labour Party (Islwyn CLP after April 1983) 

Executive Committee and General Management Committee 


 D3784/2  1975-1997 

 D3784/3  1980-1984 

 D3784/4  1984-1986 

 D3784/5  1986-1988 

 D3784/7  1990-1992 

 D3784/8  1992-1995 

Minutes and Reports of Annual General Meetings 

 D3784/8 Minutes and reports of Annual General Meetings, (including statements of account, 1971-82) 1973-1980 

 D3784/10 Minutes and reports of Annual General Meetings 1984-1990 

 D3784/11 Minutes and reports of Annual General Meetings 1996-1997 

Blackwood Ward Labour Party 

 D3784/12 Minute book 

 D3784/13 Minute book 1964-1969 

 D3784/14 Minute book 1969-1975 

Cwmfelinfach, Ynysddu & District (South Ward), Labour Party 

 D3784/15 Minute book 1955-1962 

 D3784/16 Minute book 1962-1973 

Correspondence Files 

Bedwellty/Islwyn Constituency Labour Party, General Correspondence ee Appendix for contents list) 

 D3784/17 File 1965-1969 

Scope and Contents note

Contents include:

General election expenses overspend - resignation of Cllr. Graham 1965 / CLP report - financial statement 1966 / anti-Vietnam War declaration / Rhodesian sanctions / NUM (South Wales Area) nomination of Lance Rogers to succeed Harold Finch as Parliamentary candidate, 1968-69 / NEC endorsement of Neil Kinnock as Parliamentary candidate, 1969 / N. Kinnock letter re Springboks tour / 1969 Conference report by Cllr. Ray Davies - including Bedwellty resolution against pit closures ignored by Conference / Establishment of Bedwellty Young Socialists, 1968 / CLP newsletters / Cllr. Forbes letter to Trades Council re delegate representation and voting rights, 1968 / 1970 election campaign strategy.

Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Lance, Rogers

 D3784/18/1-2 File 1970-1971   2.0 item

Scope and Contents note

Contents include:

General election expenses overspend - resignation of Cllr. Graham 1965 / CLP report - financial statement 1966 / anti-Vietnam War declaration / Rhodesian sanctions / NUM (South Wales Area) nomination of Lance Rogers to succeed Harold Finch as Parliamentary candidate, 1968-69 / NEC endorsement of Neil Kinnock as Parliamentary candidate, 1969 / N. Kinnock letter re Springboks tour / 1969 Conference report by Cllr. Ray Davies - including Bedwellty resolution against pit closures ignored by Conference / Establishment of Bedwellty Young Socialists, 1968 / CLP newsletters / Cllr. Forbes letter to Trades Council re delegate representation and voting rights, 1968 / 1970 election campaign strategy.

 D3784/19 File 1970-1975 

 D3784/20/1-2 File 1970-1979 

 D3784/21 File 1976-1977 

 D3784/22 File 1978-1980 

 D3784/23 File 1981-1988 

 D3784/24 File 1986-1996 

 D3784/25 File 1997 

 D3784/26 File 1998 

Bedwellty/Islwyn Constituency Labour Party, Special Correspondence 

 D3784/27 Cwmfelinfach Selection, Evans v Edwards Bedwellty CLP correspondence re selection dispute for County Council candidate, expulsion of Roger Evans; copy letter of intervention by Neil Kinnock 1972-1973 

 D3784/28 Leadership Selection, Kinnock v Davies Correspondence and newscutting concerning allegations of malpractice and mass expulsions planned by the Kinnock group; Kinnock’s counter claim of ‘malicious and slanderous allegations’, made by unknown member(s); threat of legal action against ‘Rebecca’ magazine for publication of same. Comprises two letters of Kinnock to his agent Moore, letter of Ray Davies to CLP chairman Tom Williams, statement by Elaine Gwynne of meeting in Cllr. Powell’s house, copies of ‘Rebecca’ and other newscuttings 1982 1982 

 D3784/29 1-3 Militant Tendency Investigation Islwyn CLP correspondence and press cuttings concerning allegations of involvement with and mmbership of Militant Tendency; photograph of vendors of Militant newspaper Correspondence, presscutting and minute of Islwyn GMC Special Meeting re investigations for alleged Militant Tendency membership Correspondence of Cardiff South and Penarth Constituency Labour Party re. Militant Tendency membership 1987-88 1988-1990  

Membership Records 

Bedwellty/Islwyn Constituency Labour Party 

 D3784/30 Bedwellty CLP, membership and delegate reports 1969-1982 

 D3784/31  Bedwellty CLP, branch membership files, for Argoed, Blackwood, Cefn Fforest, Crosskeys, Markham, Oakdale, Pengam & Fleur de Lys, Pontllanfraith, Risca(2), Ynysddu [11 files] c.1975-1981 

 D3784/32 Bedwellty CLP, list of affiliated members and delegates (also NUM South Wales Area, directory, 1973) 1971-c.1974  

 D3784/33  Islwyn CLP, membership list and reports (including delegates list and financial statement) 1986 

 D3784/34  Islwyn CLP, branch membership index cards and returns 1988 

 D3784/35  Islwyn CLP, membership lists 1989  

 D3784/36  Islwyn CLP, membership lists and reports 1991-1992 

 D3784/37 Islwyn CLP, membership lists and reports 1993-1994 

 D3784/38  Islwyn CLP, list of new members 1995  

Election Papers/Ephemera 

Parliamentary (General) Elections and By-Elections 

 D3784/39 1-6  Candidates’ election address leaflets for Islwyn district (some Newport) for general elections held in 1966, 1970, 1974, 1979, 1983, 1987, 1992 (including Conservative, Labour, Liberal, Plaid Cymru and SDP leaflets) 1966, 1970, 1974, 1979, 1983, 1987, 1992 

 D3784/40  Bedwellty CLP campaign literature and correspondence for the general elections of February and October 1974 Feb 1974, Oct 1974 

 D3784/41  Neil Kinnock’s campaign tour programme for the 1979 general election 1979 

 D3784/42  Amended list of Labour Party candidates for Welsh constituencies, 1983 and Labour candidates’ election address leaflets (including constituencies of Alyn & Deeside, Brecon, Caernarfon, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthen, Ceredigion, Clwyd, Gower, Llandudno, Merthyr, Montgomery, Newport [Gwent], Pembrokeshire, Radnor, Rhondda, Rhymney, Wrexham) 1983 

 D3784/43  Labour Party election campaign briefings, May-June 1983 (25 bulletins with indexes); Trade Union Speakers’ notes May 1983-Jun 1983 

 D3784/44  News and Weekly Argus report of Islwyn Constituency election result Jun 1983 

 D3784/45  List of Labour Party candidates for Welsh constituencies, 1987 and Labour candidates’ election address leaflets (including constituencies of Aberavon, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Cynon Valley, Ebbw Vale, Gower, Newport, Ogmore, Penarth, Pembroke, Rhondda). This file includes a list of Welsh colliery disasters and numbers of fatalities 1827-1924 1827-1924 

 D3784/46  Bedwellty CLP return of election expenses for Harold Josiah Finch, 1963 and Neil Gordon Kinnock, 1970, 1974, 1979, 1987 1963, 1970, 1974, 1979, 1987 

 D3784/47 1-3  Digests of general election results for Wales, 1959-1979, 1974, 1983 (comprising constituency totals and summary of votes for each party compared with previous elections) 1959-1979, 1974, 1983 

 D3784/48  Islwyn CLP agents reports for the 1992 general election 1992 

 D3784/49  Wales Labour Party report on the 1997 general election 1997 

 D3784/50  Islwyn CLP campaign literature and correspondence for the 1995 Islwyn by-election 1995 

 D3784/51 Campaign notes and election leaflets for the 1982 Gower constituency (Swansea) by-election 1982 

European Economic Community (EEC) Elections 

 D3784/52  South East Wales constituency EEC election address leaflets, 1979 1979 

 D3784/53  Papers and correspondence re: the selection of the South East Wales European constituency Labour candidate, for the 1993 European election (including nominations list and applications of prospective candidates) 1993 

 D3784/54  Islwyn CLP papers and correspondence re: the 1994 European election 1994 

 D3784/55  Labour working in Europe - a guide to selecting Labour’s European candidates for 1999 1999 

Local Government Elections 

 D3784/56  Bedwellty/Islwyn CLP election address leaflets and correspondence for the Islwyn borough council elections, 1973-92 (includes Plaid Cymru and Independent candidates’ leaflets and Candidates’ guide for District Council elections) 1973-1982 

 D3784/57  Islwyn district election address leaflets for Gwent County Council elections, 1973-93 (including Labour, Liberal, SDP, Plaid Cymru and Conservative Party leaflets) 1973-1993 

 D3784/58  Western Mail report of the Gwent District Council election results May 1976 

 D3784/59 Islwyn CLP local government election manifesto, 1991 and campaign papers 1989-1991 

 D3784/60 Islwyn CLP papers and correspondence re selection of local government candidates 1990-1992  

 D3784/61  Gwent County Labour Party, manifesto and nominations for Gwent County Council elections 1993 

Labour Party Leadership and Committee Elections 

 D3784/62  List of votes cast and News and Weekly Argus report of Neil Kinnock’s leadership election victory Oct 1983 

 D3784/63  Islwyn CLP ballot results and correspondence for the 1992 Labour leadership election 1992 

 D3784/64  Islwyn CLP ballot results and papers for the 1992 National Executive Committee (NEC) Constituency Section election 1992 

 D3784/65 Islwyn CLP Executive Committee nominations: list of nominations for election to offices at the AGM 1998-1999 

National Assembly for Wales 

 D3784/66  Islwyn CLP applications/correspondence of prospective candidates for the National Assembly 1999  

 D3784/67 Candidate prospectus for the National Assembly for Wales 1998 

Conference Papers 

Labour Party Annual Conference 

 D3784/68  National Executive Committee statements for annual conference 1978 

 D3784/69 Annual conference report 1985 

 D3784/70 Annual conference resolutions 1986 

 D3784/71  Annual conference reports, resolutions and ballot results 1991  

 D3784/72  Annual conference reports, resolutions and accounts 1992 

 D3784/73  Annual conference agenda, reports and resolutions 1993 

 D3784/74  Annual conference agenda, reports and resolutions 1994 

 D3784/75  Annual conference agenda, reports and resolutions 1995 

 D3784/76 Annual conference agenda, reports and resolutions 1997 

 D3784/77 Annual conference reports, leader’s and keynote speeches, seminar reports and accounts 1998 

Wales Labour Party Annual Conference 

 D3784/78 Annual conference agenda, reports and resolutions 1983, 1988 

 D3784/79 Annual conference agenda, reports and resolutions, (including Welsh language, women and community care reports) 1990  

 D3784/80 Annual conference agenda, reports and resolutions 1992  

 D3784/81  Annual conference agenda, reports and resolutions 1993 

 D3784/82  Annual conference agenda, reports and resolutions 1994 

 D3784/83 Annual conference agenda and report 1997 

 D3784/84  Annual conference agenda, report and resolutions 1998 

Labour Women Wales Annual Conference 

 D3784/85 Annual conference agenda 1988 

 D3784/86 Annual conference agenda 1990 

 D3784/87 Annual conference agenda 1991  

 D3784/88  Annual conference preliminary agenda 1993 

 D3784/89  Annual conference agenda and reports 1995 

Labour Women’s Annual Conference 

 D3784/90 Annual conference agenda and report 1993 

Joint Labour Party and Anti-Apartheid Movement Conference 

 D3784/91  Conference papers on the political situation in South Africa and Anti-Apartheid movement annual report 1976-1977 

Policy and Constitutional Papers 

National Policy 

 D3784/92 Policy and ideology, by Jack Straw MP (Blackburn Labour Party) 1993 

 D3784/93  Discussion papers and pamphlets for the New Clause IV Campaign including: Labour’s objects: socialist values in the modern world; Beyond Clause IV, Labour and the Commonweal; Campaign to save Clause IV; typescript of amended Clause IV [Late 20th century] 

 D3784/94 Policy Directorate, campaign briefings. Subjects include: defence, environment, health, law and order, Northern Ireland, poverty and workers’ rights 1986-1991 

 D3784/95 ‘New Labour new Britain’, campaign packs. Includes seminar reports, consultative survey, party funding, building a healthy party 1998 

 D3784/96  Real needs - local jobs. (Parliamentary Spokespersons Working Group research paper, 1977). Policies and case studies for regenerating Great Britain [1977] 

 D3784/97 Quality Street (c. 1992). Labour’s programme for local government c.1992 

 D3784/98  Labour’s campaign for innovation in community care, Towards a policy programe for community care David Hinchcliffe MP (1992) and other House of Commons Research Division papers on community care 1989-1993 

 D3784/99  Your good health - a White Paper for a Labour Government (1992), and policy notes and draft speeches on the health service. 1992 

 D3784/100  Draft notes, newspaper and journal extracts re: legal aid policy 1989-1993  

 D3784/101/1-2 The Labour Party, Party organisation (12th edn., 1972), and How to organise for victory (n.d., post 1972) [1972] 

 D3784/102/1-4  Labour Party manifesto’s 1974, 1979, 1983, 1992 

 D3784/103  Labour Party, Pocket policy guide 1992 

European Policy 

 D3784/104  A socialist policy for Europe. (Labour Movement in Europe, 1985) 1985 

 D3784/105 Labour’s policy for the European elections 1989 

 D3784/106  European Labour Party and Socialist Group manifesto’s and bulletins on the Maastricht Treaty 1992-1993  

 D3784/107  New Labour new Britain, Europe policy paper 1998 

 D3784/108/1-2  National Executive Committee of the Labour Party European Assembly elections manifesto (1979) and confederation of Socialist Parties of the European Community, Declaration re European Assembly c.1979 

Wales Labour Party Policy/Labour Party Welsh Policy 

 D3784/109  Labour Party Wales draft programme 1981 

 D3784/110  Opportunity Wales - manifesto of the Wales Labour Party 1992 

 D3784/111  New Labour new Britain manifesto for Wales Because Wales deserves better c.1990 

 D3784/112  Wales Labour Party policy documents on the Welsh Assembly, Wales and Europe and Local Government Reorganisation 1991-1993 

 D3784/113  Wales Labour Party policy documents on women’s representation - ‘Women’s Sections’ 1971-1992  

County and Local Labour Party Policy 

 D3784/114  Gwent County Labour Party briefing paper on secondary education in Gwent, The future pattern of provision (1986) and, Gwent Socialist Education Association response 1986 

 D3784/115  Islwyn CLP, The rationalisation of secondary education in Islwyn (1989), a response to Gwent LEA’s, The way forward 1989 

 D3784/116  Islwyn CLP, Rates and poll tax in Islwyn and (NEC 1990 conference statement on fair rates - Labour’s alternative to the poll tax) 1990 

 D3784/117/1-3 Bedwellty CLP papers and policy document on the 1979 referendum for Welsh devolution (Wales Act 1978) 1978-1979 

 D3784/118  Bedwellty CLP recommendations for re-organisation of party structure n.d.? 1972 and, Model rules for constituency, county and district Labour parties. Bedwellty CLP: Constitution and Rules (n.d.) [c.1972] 

Printed Histories and Memorabillia 

 D3784/119/1-2  A pictorial history of the Labour Party, 1900-75: to celebrate the seventy-fifth anniversary of its birth (The Labour Party, 1975) Among our souvenirs: a selection from the archives of the Labour Party with commentary, by Professor Asa Briggs (The Labour Party, 1975, limited edition) 1975 

 D3784/120  Labour Party Wales: a documentary souvenir 1937-1987, edited by Deian Hopkin (Labour Party Wales, 1987) 1937-1987 


 D3784/121/1-3  Memorial Service at Westminster Abbey for the Right Honourable John Smith QC MP, July 1994 Memorial Service for Cllr. Alfred George Pearce Admission of Neil Kinnock, Nelson and Winnie Mandela as Honorary Freemen of the Borough of Islwyn, 1986 1986, 1994 

 D3784/122/1-2  Target to talk - audio video recording with foreword by Tony Blair, c.1990 The Labour Party song sheet: Labour anthems, traditional songs and community favourites (The Labour Party, c.1960’s) c.1960s, c.1990s 

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Trades and Labour Council Records 

Minutes and Correspondence 

Blackwood Trades and Labour Council 

 D3784/123 Minute book 1911-1915 

 D3784/124 Minute book 1927-1936 

 D3784/125 Letter book (out letters) 1917-1919 

Reports and Accounts 

Risca Trades and Labour Council 

 D3784/126 Annual report and statement of accounts (including history of the movement on the 50th anniversary, 1974) 1973-1974 

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National Union of Mineworkers (South Wales area) 


Risca Lodge Rhymney District 

 D3784/127  Receipts and payment account for the year ending 31 December 1965 31 Dec 1965 

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Co-operative Party Records 

Minutes and Correspondence 

Blackwood and District Branch 

 D3784/128  Minutes and correspondence, 1981-1983. (Including minutes of the South Western Section Advisory Committee and Welsh Group of Co-operative Parties, 1981-1983) Letter re: meeting to establish a new Co-operative Party branch in the Islwyn constituency, 1993 1981-1983, 1993 


 D3784/129  Blackwood Branch membership list, applications for membership, membership cards of D. and L. B. Moore 1981 


 D3784/130  South Western Section Co-operative Union, annual reports 1980-1982 

Printed Booklets 

 D3784/131  Information booklets on the history, organisation and constitution of the Co-operative Party, publ. c.1977-1981 

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Campaign for Democracy in Chile (South Wales area) 


 D3784/132  Letters of Noël Hufton, campaign co-ordinator to Constituency Labour Parties, Trade Union Committees, and Barry Moore the campaign treasurer; N. Kinnock to Moore re persons interested in associating with the campaign 1973 


 D3784/133  South Wales Area account statements and receipts 1973-1974 

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District Council Records 

Registers and Books 

Bedwas and Machen Urban District Council 

 D3784/134 Declaration of Acceptance of Office register 1946-1963 

 D3784/135  Declaration of Acceptance of Office register 1964-1972 

 D3784/136  Visitors’ book 1958-1973 

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Printed Books 

Library Bedwellty Urban District Official Guide c.1971 (published by authority of Bedwellty Urban District Council) c.1971 

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Miscellaneous Records 

 D3784/137  Note book of Lew. Lewis, University of Wales College, Aberystwyth, 1926: containing lecture notes on Samson Agonistes, Lew Atlantis, Absalom and Achitophel, Battle of the Books, Pope’s translation of the lliad, the Book of Job and the Golden Treasury. 1926 

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Trade Union and Labour Movement 

Published Histories/Memorabillia 

 D3784/138  Women at work and the Suffrage Movement (Labour Museum, Teachers’ Notes No. 1) 

 D3784/139  The Labour Movement (Labour Museum, Teachers’ Notes, No. 3) 

 D3784/140  General Strike, 1926 (Labour Museum, Teachers’ Notes, No. 4) 

 D3784/141 The history of the TUC, 1868-1968: a pictorial survey of a social revolution illustrated with contemporary prints documents and photographs. (Trades Union Congress, 1968) 1968 

 D3784/142  Unity, strength, progress: the story of the Transport and General Workers Union. (Transport and General Workers Union, 1967) 1967 

 D3784/143  The Great March: a commemorative collection of pictures and impressions of the TUC demonstration against the Industrial Relations Bill held in London on February 21st 1971. (Trades Union Congress, 1971) 1971 

 D3784/144  ‘Stay in’ strike, 50th anniversary …., report on the Nine Mile Point Colliery ‘stay in’ strike of 12-19 October 1935, by R. J. Potter (Risca, 1985) 1985 

 D3784/145  The Crosskeys and District Miners’ Welfare Association, 1929-1971 [1971] 

 D3784/146  Commemorative publications for the 150th anniversary of the Chartist uprising in Newport, Mon.; includes programme for a ‘people’s opera’, ‘The forbidden hymn - the Story of Chartism, South Wales Argus ‘The Chartists’, and a diary of commemorative events February to November, 1989 1989 

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Miscellaneous Printed Books and Reports 

 D3784/147  A state of collapse: the UK economy under the Tories (Labour Research Department, 1987) 1987 

 D3784/148  Reported redundancies and job losses in Wales, May 1979 - March 1983 - report prepared by the Labour Research Department 1979-1983 

 D3784/149  The Wales-Europe report, 1998 (European Commission in Wales) 1998 

 D3784/150  Welsh Local Government Association reports on the voluntary sector, Best Value, Welsh European partnership, Welsh Assembly, health authorities 1997-1998 

 D3784/151  The election book, by Christopher Pick (London, 1983) 1983 

 D3784/152  The official opening of Capel-y-Babell, Cwmfelinfach … as a museum and cultural centre, booklet describing rennovation of the chapel by the Islwyn Society Community Service offenders and Gwent Probation Service and programme of dedication in memory of the poet Islwyn. Welsh/English, June 1978, (Risca, 1978) 1978 

 D3784/153  A century of noble work: the ‘rest’ (sea-side) convalescent home, Porthcawl (Cardiff, 1971) 1971 

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