Alyn and Deeside (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 53°12′29″N 3°07′01″W / 53.208°N 3.117°W / 53.208; -3.117

Alyn and Deeside
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Alyn and Deeside in Wales.
Preserved county Clwyd
Population 82,505 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate 62,196 (December 2010)[2]
Major settlements Shotton, Connah's Quay, Buckley, Hawarden and Caergwrle
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of parliament Mark Tami (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Flintshire East
Overlaps
Welsh Assembly North Wales
European Parliament constituency Wales

Alyn and Deeside (Welsh: Alun a Glannau Dyfrdwy) is a parliamentary constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (at Westminster). The constituency was created in 1983, and it elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first-past-the-post method of election. The constituency has always elected Labour MPs, although in the landslide Conservative Party victory in the 1983 general election, the Conservatives were able to mount a strong challenge.

The Alyn and Deeside Welsh Assembly constituency was created with the same boundaries in 1999.

Boundaries[edit]

This Cheshire/Wales boundary seat is part of the part industrial hinterland north of Wrexham and west of Chester. It was formerly known as East Flintshire until the 1983 boundary review, in which it was renamed after the Alyn and Deeside district created in 1974. The main population areas in the current seat include Shotton, Connah's Quay, Buckley, Hawarden and Caergwrle.

Following the 2003-6 review of parliamentary representation in Wales, the Boundary Commission for Wales left this constituency unchanged.[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1983 Stephen Barry Jones Labour
2001 Mark Richard Tami Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Alyn and Deeside[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mark Richard Tami 16,540 40.0 +0.4
Conservative Laura Knightly 13,197 31.9 −0.3
UKIP Blair Smillie[6][7] 7,260 17.6 +15.0
Liberal Democrat Tudor Jones 1,733 4.2 −14.1
Plaid Cymru Jacqueline Ann Hurst 1,608 3.9 +0.0
Green Alasdair Ibbotson 976 2.4 N/A
Majority 3,343 8.1
Turnout 41,314 66.6 +1.1
Labour hold Swing +0.4

In February 2015, the Conservative Party inadvertently leaked a list of non-target seats considered safe Tory, or where winning was considered highly unlikely,[8] which included Alyn and Deeside.[9]

Independent Phil Woods announced he would stand,[10] but did not do so.

General Election 2010: Alyn and Deeside[11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mark Richard Tami 15,804 39.6 −9.2
Conservative Will Gallagher 12,885 32.3 +7.1
Liberal Democrat Paul Brighton 7,308 18.3 +0.9
Plaid Cymru Maurice Jones 1,549 3.9 +0.2
BNP John Walker 1,368 3.4 +3.4
UKIP James Howson 1,009 2.5 −0.1
Majority 2,919 7.3
Turnout 39,923 65.5 +5.8
Labour hold Swing −8.1

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Alyn and Deeside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mark Richard Tami 17,331 48.8 −3.5
Conservative Lynne Hale 8,953 25.2 −1.1
Liberal Democrat Paul Brighton 6,174 17.4 +4.5
Plaid Cymru Richard Coombs 1,320 3.7 +0.4
UKIP Billy Crawford 918 2.6 +1.2
Forward Wales Klaus Armstrong-Braun 378 1.1 +1.1
Independent Judith Kilshaw 215 0.6 +0.6
Communist Party Glyn Davies 207 0.6 0.0
Majority 8,378 23.6
Turnout 35,496 60.2 +1.6
Labour hold Swing −1.2
General Election 2001: Alyn and Deeside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Mark Richard Tami 18,525 52.3 −9.6
Conservative Mark Allan Isherwood 9,303 26.3 +3.5
Liberal Democrat Derek Burnham 4,585 12.9 +3.2
Plaid Cymru Richard S.Coombs 1,182 3.3 +1.6
Green Klaus Armstrong-Braun 881 2.5 N/A
UKIP William Crawford 481 1.4 N/A
Independent John Max Cooksey 253 0.7 N/A
Communist Party Glyn Davies 211 0.6 N/A
Majority 9,222 26.0
Turnout 35,421 58.6 −13.6
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Alyn and Deeside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Barry Jones 25,955 61.9 +9.9
Conservative Timothy P. Roberts 9,552 22.8 −13.0
Liberal Democrat Eleanor Burnham 4,076 9.7 −0.0
Referendum Party Malcolm J. D. Jones 1,627 3.9 N/A
Plaid Cymru Mrs. Siw Hills 738 1.8 +0.7
Majority 16,403 39.1
Turnout 41,948 72.2
Labour hold Swing +11.5
General Election 1992: Alyn and Deeside[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Barry Jones 25,206 52.0 +3.5
Conservative Jeffrey J. Riley 17,355 35.8 +0.8
Liberal Democrat Robert A. Britton 4,687 9.7 −5.7
Plaid Cymru John D. Rogers 551 1.1 +0.1
Green Victor J. Button 433 0.9 N/A
Independent John Max Cooksey 200 0.4 N/A
Majority 7,851 16.2 +2.7
Turnout 48,432 80.1 −0.8
Labour hold Swing +1.3

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Alyn and Deeside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Barry Jones 22,916 48.6 +8.3
Conservative Nicholas John Twilley 16,500 35.0 −2.2
Social Democratic Eric Cyril Hammersley Owen 7,273 15.4 −6.2
Plaid Cymru John Dudley Rogers 478 1.0 +0.1
Majority 6,416 13.6
Turnout 47,167 80.4
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Alyn and Deeside
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Barry Jones 17,806 40.3 N/A
Conservative Simon Hugh McGuigan Burns 16,438 37.2 N/A
Social Democratic E.C. Owen 9,535 21.6 N/A
Plaid Cymru A. Shore 413 0.9 N/A
Majority 1,368 3.1 N/A
Turnout 44,192 78.1 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

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