Aberconwy (UK Parliament constituency)
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of Aberconwy in Wales for the 2010 general election.
|Electorate||45,407 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Llandudno, Conwy|
|Member of Parliament||Guto Bebb (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Conwy and Meirionnydd Nant Conwy|
|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 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
This seat was fought for the first time at the 2010 general election.
|General Election 2010: Aberconwy|
|Liberal Democrat||Mike Priestley||5,786||19.3||+0.2|
|Plaid Cymru||Phil Edwards||5,341||17.8||+3.8|
|Christian||Louise Wynne Jones||137||0.5||+0.5|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+7.6|
Notes and references
- "Beyond 20/20 WDS - Table view". 2011 Electorate Figures. StatsWales. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Aberconwy, Conwy Council - Aberconwy candidates
- "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Aberconwy". BBC News.