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Welsh assembly election
constituency
Alyn & Deeside
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Carl Sargeant
LAB
7036
46.7
-4.6
Matthew Wright
CON
3533
23.5
5.5
Paul Brighton
LD
2509
16.7
6.8
Richard Coombs
PC
1160
7.7
-4.4
William Crawford
UKIP
826
5.5
5.5
MAJORITY 
3503
23.3
TURNOUT 
15172
25.1
-7.2
ELECTORATE
60518

DESCRIPTION: Alyn & Deeside
Alyn and Deeside sits in the far north-eastern corner of Wales, looking out towards Chester and Merseyside, and its residents have shown little enthusiasm for the Welsh assembly. Its high No vote in the devolution referendum was followed by the lowest turnout, 32%, at the 1999 assembly poll. In common with other border areas of Wales, its Welsh-born population tends to be relatively low, at just under 50%. It has remained loyal to Labour since the seat was created 20 years ago. Barry Jones was the MP until 2001, when he was replaced by Mark Tami. Its Labour AM has been Tom Middlehurst, though he is now standing down. He was the assembly’s first secretary for post-16 education and training but resigned in October 2000 in protest at the coalition deal between Labour and the Liberal Democrats. The same year, former MP Barry Jones also criticised the assembly government in a row over the initial refusal of a £25m grant to BAE to help build wings for a new airbus at Broughton. The firm is one of the biggest local employers in this largely industrial seat following the decline of the Shotton Steelworks. The area was once home to four-times Victorian Prime Minister William Gladstone, who lived in one of Hawarden's two castles.

PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 WELSH ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
9772
51.3
CON
3413
17.9
PC
2304
12.1
LD
1879
9.8
IND
1333
7.1
CPB
329
1.8
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
18525
52.3
CON
9303
26.3
LD
4585
12.9
PC
1182
3.3
GRN
881
2.5
UKIP
481
1.4
IND
253
0.7
CPB
211
0.6
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