Aberconwy (UK Parliament constituency)

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Not to be confused with Aberconwy (Assembly constituency).

Coordinates: 53°18′07″N 3°48′18″W / 53.302°N 3.805°W / 53.302; -3.805

Aberconwy
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Aberconwy in Wales for the 2010 general election.
Preserved county Clwyd
Electorate 45,407 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Llandudno, Conwy
Current constituency
Created 2010
Member of Parliament Guto Bebb (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Conwy and Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Overlaps
Welsh Assembly North Wales
European Parliament constituency Wales

Aberconwy is a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (at Westminster). The seat was created by the Welsh Boundary Commission for the 2010 general election, and replaced the old north Wales seat of Conwy.

The same boundaries were used for the Aberconwy Welsh Assembly constituency in the 2007 Welsh Assembly election.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency is a new creation of the Boundary Commission for Wales and is based on the existing Conwy seat. It is centred on Llandudno, Conwy town and associated suburbs such as Deganwy and Penrhyn Bay along with the Conwy Valley. The other main component of the former Conwy seat, Bangor, is removed to the new Arfon constituency.

The name Aberconwy was chosen partly to avoid confusion between the former Conwy parliamentary seat (which, confusingly, had been the name first proposed by the Commission for the new seat), the existing county borough, town council and ward name. The seat is exactly co-terminous with the old Aberconwy district, abolished in 1996, and thus the name was thought to be a natural one with which to name the new constituency. Bangor, the main Labour voting area of the former Conwy constituency, is no longer within the constituency, whereas the more Conservative areas such as Llandudno and Conwy itself are retained. The constituency is diverse, combining Welsh-speaking rural areas, English-speaking coastal dwellers, many affluent suburbs, pockets of relative poverty, seaside resorts such as Llandudno and more industrial areas such as Llandudno Junction. In many ways the new Aberconwy seat resembles its neighbour Clwyd West (the other seat covering Conwy County Borough) to a large degree, as both seats have a similar social profile and, as seems likely, a similar voting pattern.

The wards of Conwy County Borough that were incorporated into the new Aberconwy seat are:

  • Betws-y-Coed, Bryn, Caerhun, Capelulo, Conwy, Craig Y Don, Deganwy, Eglwysbach, Gogarth, Gower, Llansanffraid Glan Conwy, Marl, Mostyn, Pandy, Pant Yr Afon/Penmaenan, Penrhyn, Pensarn, Trefriw, Tudno and Uwch Conwy.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
2010 Guto Bebb Conservative

Elections[edit]

This seat was fought for the first time at the 2010 general election.

General Election 2010: Aberconwy[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Guto Bebb 10,734 35.8 +6.8
Labour Ronnie Hughes 7,336 24.5 -8.5
Liberal Democrat Mike Priestley 5,786 19.3 +0.2
Plaid Cymru Phil Edwards 5,341 17.8 +3.8
UKIP Mike Wieteska 632 2.1 +1.0
Christian Louise Wynne Jones 137 0.5 +0.5
Majority 3,398 11.3
Turnout 29,966 67.2 +5.2
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +7.6

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Beyond 20/20 WDS - Table view". 2011 Electorate Figures. StatsWales. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ Aberconwy, Conwy Council - Aberconwy candidates
  4. ^ "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Aberconwy". BBC News.