The constituency of Newport East has been in existence since 1983 when the borough constituency of Newport was split into East and West. Within the constituency are the electoral wards of Alway, Beechwood, Caldicot, Castle, Dewstow, Green Lane, Langstone, Lliswerry, Llanwern, Mill, Ringland, Rogiet, Severn, St Julians, The Elms, Victoria and West End.
The constituency has seen considerable inward investment in recent years and Newport is an expanding city, with good transport links to the rest of the United Kingdom and further afield.
Newport hosted a very successful Ryder Cup in 2010, and has a rich sporting heritage. Newport County AFC, Newport Gwent Dragons and Newport RFC all play at Rodney Parade in the constituency.