Vale of Clwyd (UK Parliament constituency)

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Vale of Clwyd
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Vale of Clwyd in Wales.
Preserved county Clwyd
Electorate 56,585 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Rhyl, Prestatyn, Denbigh, St Asaph, Rhuddlan, Trefnant, Tremeirchion, Bodelwyddan.
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Chris Ruane (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Clwyd North West, Delyn, Clwyd South West
Overlaps
Welsh Assembly North Wales
European Parliament constituency Wales

The Vale of Clwyd (Welsh: Dyffryn Clwyd) is a constituency of the House of Commons of the UK Parliament created in 1997 and represented since 2017 by Chris Ruane of the Labour Party. As with all extant seats its electorate elect one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system at least every five years.

The Vale of Clwyd Welsh Assembly constituency was created with the same boundaries in 1999.

The seat is one of five won (held or gained) by a Labour candidate in 2017 from a total of seven covering its county. Ruane's 2017 win was one of 30 net gains of the Labour Party. The seat has been considered relative to others a very marginal seat, as well as a swing seat, since 2005 as its winner's majority has not exceeded 6.1% of the vote since the 14.4% majority won in 2005 and the seat has changed hands twice since that year.

Boundaries[edit]

1997-2010: The Borough of Rhuddlan, the District of Glyndwr wards of Denbigh Central, Denbigh Lower, Denbigh Upper, Henllan, and Llandyrnog, and the Borough of Colwyn ward of Trefnant.

2010-present: The Denbighshire County electoral divisions of Bodelwyddan, Denbigh Central, Denbigh Lower, Denbigh Upper/Henllan, Dyserth, Llandyrnog, Prestatyn Central, Prestatyn East, Prestatyn Meliden, Prestatyn North, Prestatyn South West, Rhuddlan, Rhyl East, Rhyl South, Rhyl South East, Rhyl South West, Rhyl West, St Asaph East, St Asaph West, Trefnant, and Tremeirchion.

The constituency was created in 1997 from the seats of Clwyd North West, Clwyd South West and Delyn. It is in the north of Wales containing the seaside town of Prestatyn and its coastal neighbor Rhyl which is overlooked by the community of Rhuddlan. It also contains the inland towns of Denbigh, St Asaph, Bodelwyddan, Trefnant and Tremeirchion.

Political history[edit]

The seat was won by the Labour candidate in 1997, 2001, 2005 and on a marginal majority in 2010. The seat was next won by the Conservative candidate standing in 2015. The 2015 result gave the seat the 4th most marginal majority of the Conservative Party's 331 seats by percentage of majority.[2] However Labour regained the seat in the 2017 general election with more than half the eligible votes, the first Labour gain from Conservative on the night.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[3] Party
1997 Chris Ruane Labour
2015 James Davies Conservative
2017 Chris Ruane Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

Results of UK House of Commons constituency Vale of Clwyd created in 1997: 2005 to date
General Election 2017: Vale of Clwyd[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Chris Ruane[6] 19,423 50.2 +11.9
Conservative James Davies 17,044 44.1 +5.0
Plaid Cymru David Wyatt 1,551 4.0 -3.1
Liberal Democrats Gwyn Williams 666 1.7 -0.9
Majority 2,379 6.1 N/A
Turnout 38,684 68.0 +5.6
Registered electors 56,890
Labour gain from Conservative Swing 3.45
General Election 2015: Vale of Clwyd[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative James Davies 13,760 39.0 +3.8
Labour Chris Ruane 13,523 38.4 −3.9
UKIP Paul Davies-Cooke[9] 4,577 13.0 +11.5
Plaid Cymru Mair Rowlands 2,486 7.1 +1.2
Liberal Democrat Gwyn Williams[10] 915 2.6 −10.0
Majority 237 0.7 N/A
Turnout 35,261 62.4 −1.3
Registered electors 56,505
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +3.9
General Election 2010: Vale of Clwyd[11][12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Chris Ruane 15,017 42.3 −3.6
Conservative Matt Wright 12,508 35.2 +3.5
Liberal Democrat Paul Penlington 4,472 12.6 +0.7
Plaid Cymru Caryl Wyn-Jones 2,068 5.8 −1.4
BNP Ian Si'Ree 827 2.3 N/A
UKIP Tom Turner 515 1.4 +0.3
Alliance for Green Socialism Mike Butler 127 0.4 N/A
Majority 2,509 7.1 -7.3
Turnout 35,534 63.7 −2.1
Registered electors 55,781
Labour hold Swing −3.6

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Vale of Clwyd[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Chris Ruane 14,875 46.0 −4.0
Conservative Felicity Elphick 10,206 31.6 −0.6
Liberal Democrat Elizabeth Jewkes 3,820 11.8 +2.3
Plaid Cymru Mark Jones 2,309 7.1 +0.0
Independent Mark Young 442 1.4 N/A
UKIP Edna Khambatta 375 1.2 +0.0
Legalise Cannabis Jeff Ditchfield 286 0.9 N/A
Majority 4,669 14.4 -3.4
Turnout 32,313 62.2 −1.4
Registered electors 51,983
Labour hold Swing −1.7
General Election 2001: Vale of Clwyd[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Chris Ruane 16,179 50.0 −2.7
Conservative Brendan Murphy 10,418 32.2 +2.4
Liberal Democrat Graham Rees 3,058 9.5 +0.7
Plaid Cymru John Williams 2,300 7.1 +1.2
UKIP William Campbell 391 1.2 +0.5
Majority 5,761 17.8 -3.4
Turnout 32,346 63.6 −11.0
Registered electors 50,842
Labour hold Swing -2.5

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Vale of Clwyd[16]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Chris Ruane 20,617 52.7 N/A
Conservative David Edwards 11,662 29.8 N/A
Liberal Democrat Daniel Munford 3,425 8.8 N/A
Plaid Cymru Gwyneth Kensler 2,301 5.9 N/A
Referendum Simon Vickers 834 2.1 N/A
UKIP Scott Cooke 293 0.7 N/A
Majority 8,995 22.9 N/A
Turnout 39,132 74.6 N/A
Registered electors 52,426
Labour win (new seat)

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Beyond 20/20 WDS – Table view". 2011 Electorate Figures. StatsWales. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  2. ^ List of Conservative MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Political.info. Retrieved 2017-01-29
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "V"
  4. ^ "Statement of Persons Nominated" (PDF). Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  5. ^ "BBC News Election Results". Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  6. ^ "BBC News". Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Vale of Clwyd result". Election results for Vale of Clwyd. Denbighshire County Council. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-16. Retrieved 2015-04-15.
  10. ^ http://www.libdems.org.uk/general_election_candidates#Wales
  11. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  12. ^ Vale of Clwyd Denbighshire County Council – candidates Vale of Clwyd
  13. ^ Vale of Clwyd BBC Election – Vale of Clwyd
  14. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.


Coordinates: 53°15′27″N 3°24′26″W / 53.25750°N 3.40722°W / 53.25750; -3.40722