Meirionnydd Nant Conwy (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 52°50′28″N 3°36′18″W / 52.841°N 3.605°W / 52.841; -3.605

Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Meirionnydd Nant Conwy in Wales for the 2005 general election.
Preserved county Clwyd, Gwynedd
Major settlements Dolgellau, Blaenau Ffestiniog
19832010
Number of members One
Replaced by Aberconwy,
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Created from Merioneth

Meirionnydd Nant Conwy was a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

The Meirionnydd Nant Conwy Welsh Assembly constituency was created with the same boundaries in 1999.

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1983 and was abolished in 2010. For the entire period of its existence, it was represented by Plaid Cymru. It had the lowest population of any constituency in Wales, and also had the second highest proportion of Welsh-speaking voters.

Boundaries[edit]

Meirionnydd Nant Conwy consisted of Merionethshire and part of the Conwy valley. This was a mainly rural area containing small towns such as Dolgellau, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Bala and Betws-y-Coed.

Boundary review[edit]

Following its review of parliamentary representation in Wales, the Boundary Commission for Wales abolished this constituency. It was replaced in part by Aberconwy and in part by Dwyfor Meirionnydd. These new constituencies were first fought at the 2010 general election.

Members of Parliament[edit]

From 1983 to 1992 the constituency was represented by Dafydd Elis Thomas of Plaid Cymru, who now represents Dwyfor Meirionnydd in the National Assembly for Wales and is its former Presiding Officer. The constituency was represented at its abolition by Elfyn Llwyd, also of Plaid Cymru, who is the party's leader in the House of Commons.

Election Member[1] Party
1983 Dafydd Elis Thomas Plaid Cymru
1992 Elfyn Llwyd Plaid Cymru
2010 constituency abolished: see Aberconwy and Dwyfor Meirionnydd

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Elfyn Llwyd 10,597 51.3 +1.7
Labour Rhodri Jones 3,983 19.3 −3.4
Conservative Dan Munford 3,402 16.5 −2.3
Liberal Democrat Adrian Fawcett 2,192 10.6 +1.7
UKIP Francis Wykes 466 2.3 N/A
Majority 6,614 32.0
Turnout 20,640 61.7 −2.2
Plaid Cymru hold Swing +2.6
General Election 2001: Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Elfyn Llwyd 10,459 49.6 −1.1
Labour Denise Idris Jones 4,775 22.7 −0.4
Conservative Lisa Francis 3,962 18.8 +2.8
Liberal Democrat Dafydd Raw-Rees 1,872 8.9 +1.9
Majority 5,684 26.9
Turnout 21,068 63.9 −12.1
Plaid Cymru hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Elfyn Llwyd 12,465 50.7 +6.7
Labour Hefin Rees 5,660 23.0 +4.2
Conservative Jeremy Quin 3,922 16.0 −10.5
Liberal Democrat Bobby Feeley 1,719 7.0 −1.9
Referendum Party Phillip Hodge 809 3.3 N/A
Majority 6,805 27.7
Turnout 24,575 76.0
Plaid Cymru hold Swing
General Election 1992: Meirionnydd Nant Conwy[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Elfyn Llwyd 11,608 44.0 +3.9
Conservative Gwyn S. Lewis 6,995 26.5 −1.9
Labour D. Rhys Williams 4,978 18.8 +1.9
Liberal Democrat Mrs Ruth E. Parry 2,358 8.9 −5.8
Green William A. Pritchard 471 1.8 +1.8
Majority 4,613 17.5 +5.8
Turnout 26,410 81.5 +0.9
Plaid Cymru hold Swing +2.9

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Dafydd Elis Thomas 10,392 40.0 +0.8
Conservative Dennis Terence Jones 7,366 28.4 −0.1
Labour Hugh Griffith Roberts 4,397 16.9 +1.8
Social Democratic David Leonard Roberts 3,814 14.7 −2.5
Majority 3,026 11.7 +1.0
Turnout 25,969 80.6 −0.7
Plaid Cymru hold Swing +0.5
General Election 1983: Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Dafydd Elis Thomas 9,709 39.2 N/A
Conservative David G. Lloyd 7,066 28.5 N/A
Social Democratic David Leonard Roberts 4,254 17.2 N/A
Labour Glyn Williams 3,735 15.1 N/A
Majority 2,643 10.7 N/A
Turnout 24,764 81.3 N/A
Plaid Cymru win (new seat)

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