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 Caernarfon
Other Plaid Cymru hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Hywel Williams Plaid Cymru 12,894 44.4 -6.6
Martin Eaglestone Labour 9,383 32.3 +2.8
Bronwen Naish Conservative 4,403 15.2 +2.9
Mel Ab Owain Liberal Democrat 1,823 6.3 +1.4
Ifor Lloyd UK Independence 550 1.9  
Majority 3,511 12.1
Turnout 29,053 61.4 -12.3
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.7% from Plaid Cymru to Labour
Lab-Con (against 1997) 0.0% from Conservative to Labour
Against 1999 devolution poll 15.5% from Plaid Cymru to Labour

Description
This was David Lloyd George's seat at Westminster, between 1890 and 1945.

Following the death of the former Liberal Prime Minister, Labour's Goronwy Roberts held the seat until 1974.

Since then former Plaid Cymru leader Dafydd Wigley has not only held the seat, but until 1997 managed to increase his majority at every general election.

He is standing down at this election to concentrate on the National Assembly.

Dafydd Wigley was elected to the Assembly with a huge, 65.8% of the vote.

Caernarfon forms part of the Gwynedd local authority area, whose electors - unsurprisingly - voted in favour of devolution in the 1997 referendum.

Gwynedd council itself is in Plaid Cymru control.

With nearly 80% of the constituents able to speak Welsh, this is the most Welsh-speaking constituency in Wales.

Economically, the area, which includes the Llyn peninsula and parts of Snowdonia, is largely dependent on agriculture and tourism.

Caernarfon itself is dominated by the castle - scene of Prince Charles' Investiture as Prince of Wales, in 1969.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Caernarfon
Plaid Cymru hold
Name Party Votes %
Dafydd Wigley Plaid Cymru 17,616 51.0
Eifion Williams Labour 10,167 29.5
Elwyn Williams Conservative 4,230 12.3
Mary Macqueen Liberal Democrat 1,686 4.9
Clive Collins Referendum 811 2.4
Majority 7,449 21.6
Turnout 34,510 73.7
1999 Welsh Assembly Election
 Caernarfon
Plaid Cymru win
Name Party Votes %
Dafydd Wigley Plaid Cymru 18,748 65.8
Tom Jones Labour 6,475 22.7
Bronwen Naish Conservative 2,464 8.7
David Shankland Liberal Democrat 791 2.8
Majority 12,273 43.1
Turnout 28,478 60.7
 
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