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 Wrexham
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Ian Lucas Labour 15,934 53.0 -3.1
Felicity Elphick Conservative 6,746 22.5 -1.4
Ron Davies Liberal Democrat 5,153 17.1 +3.8
Malcolm Evans Plaid Cymru 1,783 5.9 +2.7
Jane Brookes UK Independence 432 1.4  
Majority 9,188 30.6
Turnout 30,048 59.5 -12.3
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 0.8% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 3.3% from Labour to Conservative

Description
Wrexham has been traditional Labour territory, although not with the massive majorities characteristic of south Wales industrial seats.

Labour's John Marek has been the MP since 1983 but was also elected as a Member of the Welsh Assembly, and is standing down from Westminster at this election.

An industrial and market town close to the English border, Wrexham has fared better than many similar communities in successfully diversifying its economy in the wake of the rundown of the area's traditional employers, steel and coal.

As north Wales's biggest town, it has developed as an important regional centre for north east Wales. It will not receive money from the Objective One or Two EU Structural Funds programmes nor regional selective assistance. As a result, there have been worries locally that the area could now suffer economically, from being sandwiched between two areas (Merseyside and NW Wales) that will receive much more aid.

Wrexham lager is no longer brewed in the town. Since April 2000, Carlsberg Tetley have been producing it in Blackburn instead.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Wrexham
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
John Marek Labour 20,450 56.1
Stuart Andrew Conservative 8,688 23.9
Andrew Thomas Liberal Democrat 4,833 13.3
John Cronk Referendum 1,195 3.3
Kevin Plant Plaid Cymru 1,170 3.2
Nicholas Low Natural Law 86 0.2
Majority 11,762 32.3
Turnout 36,422 71.8
1999 Welsh Assembly Election
 Wrexham
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
John Marek Labour 9,239 53.0
Carole O'Toole Liberal Democrat 2,767 15.8
Felicity Elphick Conservative 2,747 15.8
Janet Ryder Plaid Cymru 2,659 15.2
Majority 6,472 37.2
Turnout 17,412 34.5
 
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