Wrexham (UK Parliament constituency)

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Not to be confused with Wrexham (Assembly constituency).
Wrexham
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Wrexham in Wales.
Preserved county Clwyd
Electorate 53,733 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Wrexham
Current constituency
Created 1918
Member of Parliament Ian Lucas (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Denbigh Boroughs and East Denbighshire
Overlaps
Welsh Assembly North Wales
European Parliament constituency Wales

Wrexham (Welsh: Wrecsam) is a parliamentary constituency in Wales which is represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first-past-the-post system of election.

The Wrexham Welsh Assembly constituency was created with the same boundaries in 1999.

History[edit]

Until 1885, Wrexham was part of the Denbighshire parliamentary constituency, which elected one Member of Parliament until the Reform Act 1832 increased this to two members. In 1885 the Denbighshire constituency was split and Wrexham became part of the new East Denbighshire constituency.

In 1918 the Wrexham constituency was created, electing one Member of Parliament. For the 1983 general election, major boundary reorganisation saw large areas removed from the Wrexham constituency to form the new constituency of Clwyd South West (later to become Clwyd South).

Boundaries[edit]

Wrexham constituency consists of the following electoral wards: Acton, Borras Park, Brynyffynnon, Cartrefle, Erddig, Garden Village, Gresford East and West, Grosvenor, Gwersyllt East and South, Gwersyllt North, Gwersyllt West, Hermitage, Holt, Little Acton, Llay, Maesydre, Marford and Hoseley, Offa, Queensway, Rhosnesni, Rossett, Smithfield, Stansty, Whitegate, Wynnstay.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1918 Sir Robert Thomas Coalition Liberal
1922 Robert Richards Labour
1924 Christmas Price Williams Liberal
1929 Robert Richards Labour
1931 Aled Owen Roberts Liberal
1935 Robert Richards Labour
1955 James Idwal Jones Labour
1970 Tom Ellis Labour
1981 Social Democrat
1983 Dr John Marek Labour
2001 Ian Lucas Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Wrexham[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian Lucas 12,161 36.9 -9.2
Liberal Democrat Tom Rippeth 8,503 25.8 +2.2
Conservative Gareth Hughes 8,375 25.4 +5.4
Plaid Cymru Arfon Jones 2,029 6.2 +0.4
BNP Mel Roberts 1,134 3.4 +0.4
UKIP John Humberstone 774 2.3 +2.3
Majority 3,658 11.1
Turnout 32,976 64.8 +1.5
Labour hold Swing -5.7

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Wrexham[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian Lucas 13,993 46.1 −6.9
Liberal Democrat Tom Rippeth 7,174 23.6 +6.5
Conservative Therese Coffey 6,079 20.0 −2.5
Plaid Cymru Sion Owen 1,744 5.7 −0.2
BNP John Walker 919 3.0 N/A
Forward Wales Janet Williams 476 1.6 N/A
Majority 6,819 22.4 −8.1
Turnout 30,385 63.3 +3.8
Labour hold Swing −6.7
General Election 2001: Wrexham[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ian Lucas 15,934 53.0 −3.1
Conservative Felicity Elphick 6,746 22.5 −1.4
Liberal Democrat Ron Davies 5,153 17.1 +3.9
Plaid Cymru Malcolm Evans 1,783 5.9 +2.7
UKIP Jane Brookes 432 1.4 N/A
Majority 9,188 30.5
Turnout 30,048 59.5 −12.2
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Wrexham[6][7][8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dr John Marek 20,450 56.1 +6.1
Conservative Stuart Andrew 8,688 23.9 −8.5
Liberal Democrat Andrew M. Thomas 4,833 13.3 −1.7;
Referendum Party John Cronk 1,195 3.3 N/A
Plaid Cymru Kevin Plant 1,170 3.2 +0.5
Natural Law Nicholas Low 86 0.2 N/A
Majority 11,622 32.3 +14.8
Turnout 36,422 71.8
Labour hold Swing +7.4
General Election 1992: Wrexham[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dr John Marek 24,830 48.3 +4.4
Conservative Owen Paterson 18,114 35.2 −0.4
Liberal Democrat Andrew M. Thomas 7,074 13.8 −5.7
Plaid Cymru Gareth Wheatley 1,415 2.8 +1.7
Majority 6,716 13.1 +4.8
Turnout 51,433 80.7 −0.2
Labour hold Swing +2.4

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Wrexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dr John Marek 22,144 43.9 +9.6
Conservative Roger Henry William Graham-Palmer 17,992 35.6 +2.2
Liberal Martin Thomas 9,808 19.4 −10.3
Plaid Cymru Dennis Ronald Watkins 539 1.1 −1.5
Majority 4,152 8.3
Turnout 50,483 80.9
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Wrexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dr John Marek 16,120 34.3 N/A
Conservative Mrs. Cynthia Kay Wood 15,696 33.4 N/A
Liberal Martin Thomas 13,974 29.7 N/A
Plaid Cymru John Richard Thomas 1,239 2.6 N/A
Majority 424 0.9 N/A
Turnout 77.5 N/A
Labour hold Swing N/A

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Wrexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Thomas Ellis 30,405 49.21
Conservative R Graham-Palmer 18,256 29.55
Liberal Martin Thomas 11,389 18.43
Plaid Cymru HW Roberts 1,740 2.82
Majority 12,149 19.66
Turnout 78.44
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Wrexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Thomas Ellis 28,885 51.11
Liberal Martin Thomas 12,519 22.15
Conservative JL Pritchard 12,251 21.68
Plaid Cymru HW Roberts 2,859 5.06
Majority 16,366 28.96
Turnout 74.26
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Wrexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Thomas Ellis 27,384 46.73
Conservative JL Pritchard 14,301 24.40
Liberal Martin Thomas 14,297 24.40
Plaid Cymru HW Roberts 2,624 4.48
Majority 13,083 22.32
Turnout 77.63
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Wrexham

Electorate 72,814

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Thomas Ellis 31,089 56.84
Conservative Benjamin Patterson 15,649 28.61
Liberal Wilfred McBriar 5,067 9.26
Plaid Cymru Cyril Golding 2,894 5.29
Majority 15,440 28.23
Turnout 54,699 75.12
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Wrexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Idwal Jones 30,039 58.57
Conservative Griffith H Pierce 12,596 24.56
Liberal Wilfred McBriar 6,351 12.38
Plaid Cymru John R Thomas 2,297 4.48
Majority 17,443 34.01
Turnout 51,283 77.19
Labour hold Swing +4.3
General Election 1964: Wrexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Idwal Jones 30,478 58.17
Conservative Griffith H Pierce 17,240 32.91
Plaid Cymru John R Thomas 4,673 8.92
Majority 13,238 25.27
Turnout 52,391 78.75
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Wrexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Idwal Jones 30,101 55.92
Conservative Griffith H Pierce 17,144 31.85
Plaid Cymru Dafydd Elystan Morgan 6,579 12.22
Majority 12,957 24.07
Turnout 53,824 81.37
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Wrexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Idwal Jones 27,945 56.60
Liberal National Guthrie W.G Jones 16,286 32.99
Plaid Cymru Dafydd Elystan Morgan 5,139 10.41
Majority 11,659 23.62
Turnout 49,370 76.20
Labour hold Swing
By-election 1955: Wrexham[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Idwal Jones 23,402 57.9 −3.7
Liberal National Guthrie W.G Jones 12,476 30.8 −4.0
Plaid Cymru Dafydd Elystan Morgan 4,572 11.3 N/A
Majority 10,926 27.0 +0.3
Turnout 46,072
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Wrexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Richards 33,759 61.51
Liberal National Willoughby G Cooper 19,124 34.85
Plaid Cymru A Daniel Thomas 1,997 3.64
Majority 14,635 26.67
Turnout 84.78
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Wrexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Richards 32,042 57.83
Liberal National Willoughby G Cooper 14,117 25.48
Liberal Herbert Mostyn Lewis 8,287 14.96
Plaid Cymru G Bowen 960 1.73
Majority 17,925 32.35
Turnout 87.32
Labour hold Swing

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Wrexham

Electorate 62,446

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Richards 26,854 55.99
Liberal National David L Milne 13,714 28.60
Liberal John David Williams 6,960 14.51
Plaid Cymru John Rathbone Hayes-Jones 430 0.90
Majority 13,140 27.40
Turnout 76.80
Labour hold Swing

General Election 1939/40: Another general election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place from 1939 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected; Labour: Robert Richards, Liberal: .

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Wrexham

Electorate 44,614

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Richards 23,650 56.29
Liberal Aled Owen Roberts 18,367 43.71
Majority 5,283 12.57
Turnout 75.49
Labour gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1931: Wrexham

Electorate 54,339

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Aled Owen Roberts 22,474 52.11
Labour Robert Richards 20,653 47.89
Majority 1,821 4.22
Turnout 79.79
Liberal gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929

Electorate 52,310

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Richards 20,584 46.4
Liberal Christmas Price Williams 13,997 31.5
Unionist Sir Edmund Fleming Bushby 9,820 22.1
Majority 6,587 14.9
Turnout 84.9
Labour gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1924

Electorate 41,686

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Christmas Price Williams 19,154 55.6
Labour Robert Richards 15,291 44.4
Majority 3,863 11.2
Turnout 82.6
Liberal gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1923

Electorate 40,789

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Richards 12,918 39.0
Liberal H A Morgan 11,037 33.4
Unionist Edmund Fleming Bushby 9,131 27.6 -4.0
Majority 1,881 5.6
Turnout 81.1
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1922

Electorate 39,446

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Robert Richards 11,940 35.8 +12.1
National Liberal E R Davies 10,842 32.6 -43.7
Unionist R C G Roberts 10,508 31.6 n/a
Majority 1,098 3.2
Turnout 84.4 +14.7
Labour gain from Liberal Swing +27.9

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

Sir Robert Thomas
General Election 1918

Electorate 39,259

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal 20,874 76.3 n/a
Labour Hugh Hughes 6,500 23.7 n/a
Majority 14,374 52.6 n/a
Turnout 69.7 n/a
Liberal win
  • denotes candidate who was endorsed by the Coalition Government.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Craig, F. W. S. (1983). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3 ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.

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 "W" (part 5)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ "BBC NEWS - Election 2010 - Wrexham". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  4. ^ "Wrexham: Constituency > Politics > guardian.co.uk". Election 2010. The Guardian. 2005-05-05. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  5. ^ "BBC NEWS > VOTE 2001 > RESULTS & CONSTITUENCIES > Wrexham". Vote 2001. BBC News. 7 June 2001. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  6. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  7. ^ C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.181 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
  8. ^ The 1997 election result is calculated relative to the notional, not the actual, 1992 result.
  9. ^ "BBC NEWS>VOTE 2001>Results and Constituencies>Wrexham". Vote 2001. BBC News. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  10. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  11. ^ "British parliamentary by-elections: Wrexham 1955". Web Cite. Retrieved 2011-01-16. 

Coordinates: 53°04′34″N 2°56′59″W / 53.07611°N 2.94972°W / 53.07611; -2.94972