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 Delyn
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
David Hanson Labour 17,825 51.5 -5.7
Paul Brierley Conservative 9,220 26.6 +0.6
Tudor Jones Liberal Democrat 5,329 15.4 +5.2
Paul Rowlinson Plaid Cymru 2,262 6.5 +2.7
Majority 8,605 24.8
Turnout 34,636 63.3 -12.6
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.2% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 1.1% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Delyn was created as a Westminster seat in 1983 and was held by the Conservatives until David Hanson narrowly took it for Labour in 1992. He held it at the 1997 General Election, with a greatly increased majority.

Delyn comes within the Flintshire local authority which is dominated by Labour, which holds 45 of the 72 seats. The local Alliance party holds 14, the Liberal Democrats seven, the Conservatives two and Plaid Cymru one.

This is a slightly artificially contrived constituency whose boundaries bear little relation to natural historic or social divisions. It brings together parts of the Deeside conurbation which traditionally look to Merseyside rather than Wales, and a largely rural hinterland which contains a number of small market towns including Mold.

Mold is the home of Clwyd Theatr Cymru the closest Wales has to a National Theatre. Linguistically the Deeside industrial strip is one of the most anglicised parts of Wales. More Welsh is spoken in the inland part of the constituency with some farming areas predominantly Welsh speaking.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Delyn
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
David Hanson Labour 23,300 57.2
Karen Lumley Conservative 10,607 26.0
Phil Lloyd Liberal Democrat 4,160 10.2
Ashley Drake Plaid Cymru 1,558 3.8
Elizabeth Soutter Referendum 1,117 2.7
Majority 12,693 31.2
Turnout 40,742 75.9
1999 Welsh Assembly Election
 Delyn
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Alison Halford Labour 10,672 44.7
Karen Lumley Conservative 5,255 22.0
Meg Ellis Plaid Cymru 4,837 20.2
Eleanor Burnham Liberal Democrat 3,089 12.9
Majority 5,417 22.7
Turnout 23,853 44.4
 
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