Clwyd West (UK Parliament constituency)

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Clwyd West
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Clwyd West in Wales.
Preserved county Clwyd
Electorate 58,544 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Abergele, Colwyn Bay, Ruthin
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of Parliament David Jones (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Clwyd South West and Clwyd North West
Overlaps
Welsh Assembly North Wales
European Parliament constituency Wales

Clwyd West (Gorllewin Clwyd in Welsh) is a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (at Westminster). It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post method of election. The current MP is David Jones of the Conservative Party, first elected at the 2005 general election and who took office as Secretary of State for Wales in the cabinet reshuffle of 4 September 2012.

Boundaries[edit]

Following the Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies, as confirmed by The Parliamentary Constituencies and Assembly Electoral Regions (Wales) Order 2006, the boundaries of Clwyd West is formed from the following electoral wards;

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1997 from parts of the seats of Clwyd South West and Clwyd North West. In the 2005 election this constituency was the Conservative Party's twentieth target. The area has generally voted for Conservative candidates, though it was won by Labour in their 1997 and 2001 landslides.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1997 Gareth Thomas Labour
2005 David Jones Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Clwyd West[3][4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Jones 15,833 41.5 +5.4
Labour Donna Hutton 9,414 24.7 -11.3
Plaid Cymru Llyr Huws Gruffydd 5,864 15.4 +4.5
Liberal Democrat Michele Jones 5,801 15.2 +1.9
UKIP Warwick Nicholson 864 2.3 +0.8
Christian Rev Griffiths 239 0.6 +0.6
Independent Joe Blakesley 96 0.3 N/A
Majority 6,419 16.8
Turnout 38,111 65.8 +0.7
Conservative hold Swing +8.4

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Clwyd West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Jones 12,909 36.2 +0.6
Labour Gareth Thomas 12,776 35.9 -2.9
Liberal Democrat Frank Taylor 4,723 13.3 +1.9
Plaid Cymru Eilian Williams 3,874 10.9 -2.0
UKIP Warwick Nicholson 512 1.4 0.0
Independent Jimmy James 507 1.4 +1.4
Socialist Labour Patrick Keenan 313 0.9 +0.9
Majority 133 0.4
Turnout 35,614 62.6 -1.5
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +1.8
General Election 2001: Clwyd West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gareth Thomas 13,426 38.8 +1.7
Conservative Jimmy James 12,311 35.6 +3.1
Plaid Cymru Elfed Williams 4,453 12.9 -0.6
Liberal Democrat Mrs. Robina L. Feeley 3,934 11.4 -1.4
UKIP Matthew Guest 476 1.4 N/A
Majority 1,115 3.2
Turnout 34,600 64.1 -11.2
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Clwyd West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gareth Thomas 14,918 37.1 N/A
Conservative Rod Richards 13,070 32.5 N/A
Plaid Cymru Eryl W. Williams 5,421 13.5 N/A
Liberal Democrat Gwyn Williams 5,151 12.8 N/A
Referendum Party Mrs. Heather Bennett-Collins 1,114 2.8 N/A
Conservatory David K. Neal 583 1.4 N/A
Majority 1,848 4.6 N/A
Turnout 40,257 75.3 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

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 "C" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ Clwyd West, Cyngor Conwy Council - candidates Clwyd West
  4. ^ Clwyd West BBC Election - Clwyd West

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 53°08′35″N 3°27′38″W / 53.14306°N 3.46056°W / 53.14306; -3.46056