Wrexham (UK Parliament constituency)

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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, Gwersyllt, Llay, Gresford
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 centred on the scenic town of Wrexham in Wales created in 1918 represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2001 by Ian Lucas of the Labour Party.[n 1][n 2]

History[edit]

Summary of results

The candidate chosen by the Labour Party has won the seat since 1935. In its earlier years the seat alternated between Liberal and Labour parties. The 2015 result gave the seat the 25th-smallest majority of Labour's 232 seats by percentage of majority.[2]

Recent opposition

Atkinson, the Conservative candidate of 2015, came within 5.6% of taking the seat; his earlier counterparts had not taken the runner-up position since 2001. Walsh, a new Liberal Democrat candidate, lost his party 20.5% of the vote comparing the previous result whereas the Liberal Democrats' swing nationally was -15.2%. Candidates rendering Walsh into fifth place were those of UKIP and Plaid Cymru. All four candidates kept their deposits. In 2017 the aggregate for the two main parties increased but the majority remained largely the same. It still remains a Conservative target seat for future elections.

Turnout

Turnout has ranged between 59.5% in 2001 and 87.3% in 1950.

Boundaries[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 — the area covered today became part of 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).

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.

1918-1949: The Municipal Borough of Wrexham, and the Rural District of Wrexham, and part of Chirk.

1950-1983: The Municipal Borough of Wrexham, and part of the Rural Districts of Ceiriog, and Wrexham.[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1918 Sir Robert Thomas Coalition Liberal 1922 Robert Richards Labour
1924 Christmas Price Williams Liberal
1929 Robert Richards Labour
1931 Aled Roberts Liberal
1935 Robert Richards Labour
1955 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 2017: Wrexham[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ian Lucas 17,153 48.9 +11.7
Conservative Andrew Atkinson 15,321 43.7 +12.1
Plaid Cymru Carrie Harper 1,753 5.0 −2.6
Liberal Democrat Carole O'Toole 865 2.5 −2.8
Majority 1,832 5.2 −0.4
Turnout 35,092 69.6 +5.4
Registered electors 50,245
Labour hold Swing -0.2
General Election 2015: Wrexham[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ian Lucas 12,181 37.2 +0.4
Conservative Andrew Atkinson 10,350 31.6 +6.2
UKIP Niall Plevin-Kelly 5,072 15.5 +13.2
Plaid Cymru Carrie Harper 2,501 7.6 +1.5
Liberal Democrat Rob Walsh 1,735 5.3 −20.5
Green David Munnerley 669 2.0 N/A
Independent Brian Edwards[9] 211 0.6 N/A
Majority 1,831 5.6 −5.5
Turnout 32,719 64.2 −0.6
Registered electors 50,992
Labour hold Swing −2.9
General Election 2010: Wrexham[10][11]
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 N/A
Majority 3,658 11.1 -11.3
Turnout 32,976 64.8 +1.5
Registered electors 50,872
Labour hold Swing −5.7

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Wrexham[12][13]
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
Registered electors 48,016
Labour hold Swing −6.7
General Election 2001: Wrexham[14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ian Lucas 15,934 53.0 −3.1
Conservative Felicity Elphick 6,746 22.5 −1.4
Liberal Democrat Ronald 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 -1.8
Turnout 30,048 59.5 −12.2
Registered electors 50,465
Labour hold Swing -0.8

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Wrexham[16][17][18][19][20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Marek 20,450 56.1 +6.1
Conservative Stuart Andrew 8,688 23.9 −8.5
Liberal Democrat Andrew Thomas 4,833 13.3 −1.7
Referendum 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 -8.9
Registered electors 50,741
Labour hold Swing +7.4
General Election 1992: Wrexham[21][22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Marek 24,830 48.3 +4.4
Conservative Owen Paterson 18,114 35.2 −0.4
Liberal Democrat Andrew 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
Registered electors 63,720
Labour hold Swing +2.4

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Wrexham[23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Marek 22,144 43.9 +9.6
Conservative Roger Graham-Palmer 17,992 35.6 +2.2
Liberal Martin Thomas 9,808 19.4 −10.3
Plaid Cymru Dennis Watkins 539 1.1 −1.5
Majority 4,152 8.3 +7.4
Turnout 50,483 80.9 +3.4
Registered electors 62,401
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Wrexham[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Marek 16,120 34.3 −14.90
Conservative Cynthia Kay Wood 15,696 33.4 +3.80
Liberal Martin Thomas 13,974 29.7 +11.30
Plaid Cymru John Thomas 1,239 2.6 −0.20
Majority 424 0.9 -18.76
Turnout 47,029 77.5 -0.94
Registered electors 60,707
Labour hold Swing −10.5

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Wrexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Ellis 30,405 49.2 -1.9
Conservative Roger Henry William Graham-Palmer 18,256 29.6 +7.92
Liberal Martin Thomas 11,389 18.4 +4.75
Plaid Cymru Hywel Wyn Roberts 1,740 2.8 +2.26
Majority 12,149 19.66 +9.30
Turnout 56,514 78.44 +4.18
Registered electors 78,771
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Wrexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Ellis 28,885 51.1 +4.37
Liberal Martin Thomas 12,519 22.15 -2.25
Conservative John Laurence Pritchard 12,251 21.68 -2.72
Plaid Cymru Hywel Wyn Roberts 2,859 5.06 +0.58
Majority 16,366 28.96 +6.64
Turnout 56,514 74.26 -3.37
Registered electors 76,106
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Wrexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Ellis 27,384 46.73 +10.11
Conservative John Laurence Pritchard 14,301 24.40 -4.21
Liberal Martin Thomas 14,297 24.40 +15.14
Plaid Cymru Hywel Wyn Roberts 2,624 4.48 -0.81
Majority 13,083 22.32 -5.91
Turnout 58,606 77.63 +2.51
Registered electors 75,492
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Wrexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Ellis 31,089 56.84 -1.73
Conservative Benjamin Patterson 15,649 28.61 +4.05
Liberal Wilfred McBriar 5,067 9.26 +3.12
Plaid Cymru Cyril Golding 2,894 5.29 +0.81
Majority 15,440 28.23 +5.78
Turnout 54,699 75.12 -2.07
Registered electors 72,814
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Wrexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Idwal Jones 30,039 58.57 -0.40
Conservative Griffith Hughes Pierce 12,596 24.56 -8.35
Liberal Wilfred McBriar 6,351 12.38 N/A
Plaid Cymru John Richard Thomas 2,297 4.48 +4.44
Majority 17,443 34.01 +8.74
Turnout 51,283 77.19 +1.56
Registered electors 66,441
Labour hold Swing +4.3
General Election 1964: Wrexham [25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Idwal Jones 30,478 58.17 +2.25
Conservative and National Liberal Griffith Hughes Pierce 17,240 32.91 +1.06
Plaid Cymru John Richard Thomas 4,673 8.92 -3.30
Majority 13,238 25.27 +1.20
Turnout 52,391 78.75 +2.62
Registered electors 66,530
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Wrexham [26]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Idwal Jones 30,101 55.92 -0.68
Conservative and National Liberal Griffith Hughes Pierce 17,144 31.85 -1.14
Plaid Cymru Elystan Morgan 6,579 12.22 +1.81
Majority 12,957 24.07 +0.45
Turnout 53,824 81.37 +5.17
Registered electors 66,150
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Wrexham [27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Idwal Jones 27,945 56.60 -4.91
Conservative and National Liberal Griffith Winston Guthrie Jones 16,286 32.99 -1.86
Plaid Cymru Elystan Morgan 5,139 10.41 +6.77
Majority 11,659 23.62 -3.05
Turnout 49,370 76.20 -8.58
Registered electors 64,788
Labour hold Swing
Wrexham by-election, 1955 [28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Idwal Jones 23,402 57.9 -3.61
National Liberal and Conservative Griffith Winston Guthrie Jones 12,476 30.8 -4.05
Plaid Cymru Elystan Morgan 4,572 11.3 +7.66
Majority 10,926 27.0 +0.33
Turnout 46,072 62.4 -22.38
Registered electors 64,788
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Wrexham[29]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Robert Richards 33,759 61.51 +3.68
Conservative and National Liberal Willoughby Gervase Cooper 19,124 34.85 +9.37
Plaid Cymru A. Daniel Thomas 1,997 3.64 +1.91
Majority 14,635 26.67 -5.68
Turnout 54,880 84.78 -2.54
Registered electors 64,736
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Wrexham[30]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Robert Richards 32,042 57.83 +1.84
Conservative and National Liberal Willoughby Gervase Cooper 14,117 25.48 -3.12
Liberal Herbert Mostyn Lewis 8,287 14.96 0.45
Plaid Cymru Geraint Bowen 960 1.73 N/A
Majority 17,925 32.35 +4.95
Turnout 55,406 87.32 +10.52
Registered electors 63,455
Labour hold Swing

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Wrexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Robert Richards 26,854 55.99 -0.30
Liberal National David Leslie Milne 13,714 28.60 N/A
Liberal John David Williams 6,960 14.51 -29.20
Independent Nationalist John Rathbone Hayes-Jones 430 0.90 N/A
Majority 13,140 27.40 +14.83
Turnout 47,958 76.80 +1.31
Registered electors 62,446
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;

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Wrexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Robert Richards 23,650 56.29 +4.18
Liberal Aled Roberts 18,367 43.71 -4.18
Majority 5,283 12.57 N/A
Turnout 42,017 75.49 +4.30
Registered electors 55,656
Labour gain from Liberal Swing
General Election 1931: Wrexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Aled Roberts 22,474 52.11 +20.61
Labour Robert Richards 20,653 47.89 +1.49
Majority 1,821 4.22 N/A
Turnout 43,127 79.79 5.11
Registered electors 54,048
Liberal gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Wrexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Robert Richards 20,584 46.4 +2.0
Liberal Christmas Price Williams 13,997 31.5 -24.1
Unionist Edmund Fleming Bushby 9,820 22.1 N/A
Majority 6,587 14.9 N/A
Turnout 44,401 84.9 +2.3
Registered electors 52,310
Labour gain from Liberal Swing +13.0
General Election 1924: Wrexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Christmas Price Williams 19,154 55.6 +22.2
Labour Robert Richards 15,291 44.4 +5.4
Majority 3,863 11.2 N/A
Turnout 35,445 82.6 +1.5
Registered electors 41,686
Liberal gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1923: Wrexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Robert Richards 12,918 39.0 +3.2
Liberal Horace Alexander Morgan 11,037 33.4 +0.8
Unionist Edmund Fleming Bushby 9,131 27.6 -4.0
Majority 1,881 5.6 +2.4
Turnout 33,086 81.1 -3.3
Registered electors 40,789
Labour hold Swing +1.2
General Election 1922: Wrexham
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 N/A
Turnout 33,290 84.4 +14.7
Registered electors 39,446
Labour gain from Liberal Swing +27.9

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

Robert Thomas
General Election 1918: Wrexham
Party Candidate Votes % ±
C Liberal Robert Thomas 20,874 76.3 N/A
Labour Hugh Hughes 6,500 23.7 N/A
Majority 14,374 52.6 N/A
Turnout 27,374 69.7 N/A
Registered electors 39,259
Liberal win (new seat)
C indicates candidate 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.

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ As with all current Westminster seats it elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first-past-the-post system of election.
  2. ^ The Wrexham Welsh Assembly constituency was created with the same boundaries in 1999.
  1. ^ "Beyond 20/20 WDS - Table view". 2011 Electorate Figures. StatsWales. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ List of Labour MPs elected in 2015 by % majority UK Political.info. Retrieved 2017-01-29
  3. ^ Craig, F.W.S., ed. (1972). Boundaries of parliamentary constituencies 1985-1972. Chichester, Sussex: Political Reference Publications. ISBN 0-900178-09-4. 
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "W" (part 5)
  5. ^ "Full Candidate List for Wrexham & Clwyd South". Wrexham.com. Retrieved 11 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Wrexham Constituency results". BBC. Retrieved 12 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Wrexham result" (PDF). DECLARATION OF RESULT OF POLL. Wrexham County Borough Council. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "Member of Parliament for Wrexham". YourNextMP. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "BBC NEWS - Election 2010 - Wrexham". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  12. ^ "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Wrexham: Constituency > Politics > guardian.co.uk". Election 2010. The Guardian. 2005-05-05. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  14. ^ "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "BBC NEWS > VOTE 2001 > RESULTS & CONSTITUENCIES > Wrexham". Vote 2001. BBC News. 7 June 2001. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  16. ^ "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  17. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 2011-01-07. 
  18. ^ C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.181 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
  19. ^ The 1997 election result is calculated relative to the notional, not the actual, 1992 result.
  20. ^ "BBC NEWS>VOTE 2001>Results and Constituencies>Wrexham". Vote 2001. BBC News. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 2011-01-12. 
  21. ^ "Election Data 1992". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  22. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  23. ^ "Election Data 1987". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  24. ^ "Election Data 1983". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
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  28. ^ "British parliamentary by-elections: Wrexham 1955". Web Cite. Archived from the original on October 25, 2009. Retrieved 2011-01-16. 
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Coordinates: 53°04′34″N 2°56′59″W / 53.07611°N 2.94972°W / 53.07611; -2.94972