(Top) Labour candidates pose for propaganda photos in Cardiff Bay during the second ever National Assembly elections in 2004. (Bottom) A 2005 General Election polling station (in a hairdresser’s) in the Blaenau Gwent East constituency. The seat was won by an independent candidate, Peter Law (ex Labour) against a New Labour candidate and was one held for many years by Eneurin Bevin (the creator of the NHS). Wales has always been politically rebellious and has a long radical tradition. For the last 70 years the Labour party has dominated the scene, however Blair’s “New Labour” is seen with suspicion by many inside and outside the party.