Vale of Clwyd (UK Parliament constituency)
|Vale of Clwyd|
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Vale of Clwyd in Wales.
|Electorate||56,585 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Rhyl, Prestatyn, Denbigh, St Asaph, Rhuddlan, Trefnant, Tremeirchion, Bodelwyddan.|
|Member of parliament||Chris Ruane (Labour)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||Clwyd North West, Delyn, Clwyd South West|
|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.
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.
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. 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
Elections in the 2010s
|Plaid Cymru||David Wyatt||1,551||4.0||-3.1|
|Liberal Democrats||Gwyn Williams||666||1.7||-0.9|
|Labour gain from Conservative||Swing||3.45|
|Plaid Cymru||Mair Rowlands||2,486||7.1||+1.2|
|Liberal Democrat||Gwyn Williams||915||2.6||−10.0|
|Conservative gain from Labour||Swing||+3.9|
|Liberal Democrat||Paul Penlington||4,472||12.6||+0.7|
|Plaid Cymru||Caryl Wyn-Jones||2,068||5.8||−1.4|
|Alliance for Green Socialism||Mike Butler||127||0.4||N/A|
Elections in the 2000s
|Liberal Democrat||Elizabeth Jewkes||3,820||11.8||+2.3|
|Plaid Cymru||Mark Jones||2,309||7.1||+0.0|
|Legalise Cannabis||Jeff Ditchfield||286||0.9||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat||Graham Rees||3,058||9.5||+0.7|
|Plaid Cymru||John Williams||2,300||7.1||+1.2|
Elections in the 1990s
|Liberal Democrat||Daniel Munford||3,425||8.8||N/A|
|Plaid Cymru||Gwyneth Kensler||2,301||5.9||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
- Politics Resources (Election results from 1922 onwards)
- Electoral Calculus (Election results from 1955 onwards)
- 2017 Election House Of Commons Library 2017 Election report
- A Vision Of Britain Through Time (Constituency elector numbers)
Notes and references
- "Beyond 20/20 WDS – Table view". 2011 Electorate Figures. StatsWales. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- List of Conservative MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Political.info. Retrieved 2017-01-29
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "V"
- "Statement of Persons Nominated" (PDF). Retrieved 11 May 2017.
- "BBC News Election Results". Retrieved 9 June 2017.
- "BBC News". Retrieved 28 April 2017.
- "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Vale of Clwyd result". Election results for Vale of Clwyd. Denbighshire County Council. Retrieved 20 September 2015.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-16. Retrieved 2015-04-15.
- "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- Vale of Clwyd Denbighshire County Council – candidates Vale of Clwyd
- Vale of Clwyd BBC Election – Vale of Clwyd
- "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
- "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.