Clwyd North West (UK Parliament constituency)

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Clwyd North West
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Preserved county Clwyd
Major settlements Colwyn Bay
19831997
Number of members One
Replaced by Clwyd West and Vale of Clwyd
Created from Denbigh

Clwyd North West (Welsh: Clwyd Gogledd-orllewin) was a parliamentary constituency in Clwyd, North Wales. It returned one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom by the first past the post system.

History[edit]

The constituency was created for the 1983 general election, and abolished for the 1997 general election.

From 1983 to 1992, it was represented by Conservative MP Anthony Meyer, who unsuccessfully tried to challenge the leadership of prime minister Margaret Thatcher in late 1989. As a result, he was de-selected by fellow Conservative MP's as the party's candidate for the next general election,[1] which was ultimately held on 9 April 1992 and saw the Tories hold the seat with new MP Rod Richards.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency was based around the seaside resort of Colwyn Bay.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1983 Anthony John Charles Meyer Conservative
1992 Rod Richards Conservative
1997 constituency abolished: see Clwyd West and Vale of Clwyd

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1992: Clwyd North West[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Rod Richards 24,488 46.2 −2.3
Labour Chris Ruane 18,438 34.8 +10.0
Liberal Democrat Robert V. Ingham 7,999 15.1 −7.6
Plaid Cymru Neil H. Taylor 1,888 3.6 −0.4
Natural Law Ms. Mary S. Swift 158 0.3 N/A
Majority 6,050 11.4 −12.3
Turnout 52,971 78.6 +3.5
Conservative hold Swing −6.1

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Clwyd North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony John Charles Meyer 24,116 48.5 −2.5
Labour K.L. Thomas 12,335 24.8 +8.5
Liberal Owen Griffiths 11,279 22.7 −6.4
Plaid Cymru Robert Karl Davies 1,966 4.0 +0.4
Majority 11,781 23.7
Turnout 49,696 75.2 +2.1
Conservative hold Swing −5.5
General Election 1983: Clwyd North West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Anthony John Charles Meyer 23,283 51.0 N/A
Liberal J.J. Lewis 13,294 29.1 N/A
Labour C.I. Campbell 7,433 16.3 N/A
Plaid Cymru Mrs. M. Rhys 1,669 3.6 N/A
Majority 9,989 21.9 N/A
Turnout 45,679 73.1 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Sir Anthony Meyer Bt - Obituaries, News". The Independent. Retrieved 14 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 December 2010.