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 Clwyd West
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Gareth Thomas Labour 13,426 38.8 +1.7
Jimmy James Conservative 12,311 35.6 +3.1
Elfed Williams Plaid Cymru 4,453 12.9 -0.6
Bobbie Feeley Liberal Democrat 3,934 11.4 -1.4
Matthew Guest UK Independence 476 1.4  
Majority 1,115 3.2
Turnout 34,600 64.1 -11.2
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.7% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 0.1% from Conservative to Labour

Description
A creation of the 1995 Boundary Commission, Clwyd West is made up mainly of the former Clwyd North West seat, which was regarded as the safest Tory seat in Wales, with an unbroken run of Conservative control at Westminster, since 1935.

After the retirement of Sir Anthony Meyer in 1992 - who launched the first, unsuccessful challenge to Mrs Thatcher - it was held by Rod Richards.

Clwyd West was contested for the first time at the 1997 general election, when Gareth Thomas snatched it for Labour on a 16.1% swing with a narrow majority of 4.6%.

In 1999 Clwyd West was a top target seat for the Conservatives, but the then Welsh Conservative leader Rod Richards was again defeated by Labour, this time by a mere 760 votes.

Economically and socially, the seat comprises the coastal retirement and holiday areas around Colwyn Bay, together with inland rural areas which have higher proportions of Welsh speakers.

Consequently, the nature of the electorate varies dramatically, from mostly English pensioners on the coast, to the indigenous Welsh-speaking hinterland.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Clwyd West
Labour gain from Conservative
Name Party Votes %
Gareth Thomas Labour 14,918 37.1
Roderick Richards Conservative 13,070 32.5
Eryl Williams Plaid Cymru 5,421 13.5
Gwyn Williams Liberal Democrat 5,151 12.8
Heather Bennett-Collins Referendum 1,114 2.8
David Neal Independent 583 1.4
Majority 1,848 4.6
Turnout 40,257 75.3
1999 Welsh Assembly Election
 Clwyd West
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Alun Pugh Labour 7,824 31.0
Rod Richards Conservative 7,064 28.0
Eilian Williams Plaid Cymru 6,886 27.2
Robina Feeley Liberal Democrat 3,462 13.7
Majority 760 3.0
Turnout 25,236 47.1
 
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