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 Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Other Plaid Cymru hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Elfyn Llwyd Plaid Cymru 10,459 49.6 -1.1
Denise Jones Labour 4,775 22.7 -0.3
Lisa Francis Conservative 3,962 18.8 +2.8
Dafydd Raw-Rees Liberal Democrat 1,872 8.9 +1.9
Majority 5,684 27.0
Turnout 21,068 63.5 -12.5
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.4% from Plaid Cymru to Labour
Lab-Con (against 1997) 1.6% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 9.6% from Plaid Cymru to Labour

Description
A seat currently held at Westminster by Plaid Cymru this is an enlarged version of the former Merioneth constituency. The seat, which is largely within the Snowdonia National Park, is thinly populated and almost entirely rural, and has a majority of Welsh speakers.

The huge, sprawling Meirionnydd Nant Conwy constituency has one of the smallest electorates in England and Wales, less than half the average. Plaid Cymru have always felt more threatened by the boundary commission than other parties but have successfully argued in a series of boundary reviews that the constituency’s social and linguistic nature make it a special case. The constituency is in many ways the spiritual home of both Welsh Nationalism and Nonconformity.

Important towns in the rural South of the constituency are the county town of Dolgellau and the anglicised (and slightly run down) resort of Barmouth. The south of the constituency has few industries other than farming tourism and the depleted workforce employed to de-commission the nuclear power station at Trawsfynydd.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Plaid Cymru hold
Name Party Votes %
Elfyn Llwyd Plaid Cymru 12,465 50.7
Hefin Rees Labour 5,660 23.0
Jeremy Quin Conservative 3,922 16.0
Bobby Feeley Liberal Democrat 1,719 7.0
Phillip Hodge Referendum 809 3.3
Majority 6,805 27.7
Turnout 24,575 76.0
1999 Welsh Assembly Election
 Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Plaid Cymru win
Name Party Votes %
Dafydd Elis Thomas Plaid Cymru 12,034 63.6
Denise Jones Labour 3,292 17.4
Owen John Williams Conservative 2,170 11.5
Graham Worley Liberal Democrat 1,378 7.3
Majority 8,742 46.2
Turnout 18,874 57.8
 
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