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 Clwyd South
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Martyn Jones Labour 17,217 51.4 -6.7
Tom Biggins Conservative 8,319 24.8 +1.7
Dyfed Edwards Plaid Cymru 3,982 11.9 +5.6
David Griffiths Liberal Democrat 3,426 10.2 +0.8
Edwina Theunissen UK Independence 552 1.6  
Majority 8,898 26.6
Turnout 33,496 62.4 -11.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 4.2% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 1.8% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Labour's Martin Jones has held Clwyd South, which was subject to substantial boundary changes in 1983 and 1995, in its various manifestations since 1987. He has increased his majority at every election and in 1997 this jumped from 10% to 35%.

In the 1999 Assembly elections, Labour won the seat, albeit with a reduced majority of 16.9%. The low turnout at these elections reflected the fact that the area voted No in the 1997 referendum.

In terms of local government representation, Labour has a clear lead over the other political parties.

The seat comprises the Welsh-speaking rural farming areas of the southern part of the former Clwyd county and the Maelor areas, near Wrexham, on the border with England.

It also includes some of the industrial villages on the western fringes of Wrexham, which themselves have substantial Welsh-speaking populations.

The traditional coal and steel industries have been closed, and largely have been replaced by light industry. Llangollen, which hosts the annual International Folk Eisteddfod is in the constituency, bringing a valuable tourist income to the area.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Clwyd South
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Martyn Jones Labour 22,901 58.1
Boris Johnson Conservative 9,091 23.1
Andrew Chadwick Liberal Democrat 3,684 9.4
Gareth Williams Plaid Cymru 2,500 6.3
Alex Lewis Referendum 1,207 3.1
Majority 13,810 35.1
Turnout 39,383 73.6
1999 Welsh Assembly Election
 Clwyd South
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Karen Sinclair Labour 9,196 42.1
Hywel Williams Plaid Cymru 5,511 25.2
David Jones Conservative 4,167 19.1
Derek Burnham Liberal Democrat 2,432 11.1
Maurice Jones United Socialist 508 2.3
Majority 3,685 16.9
Turnout 21,814 40.8
 
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