"Martyn Jones holds Clwyd South for Labour at Westminster, with a majority of 13,810 over the Conservatives, who polled 9,091 in the 1997 General Election. The Liberal Democrats came third on 3,684, and Plaid Cymru fourth on 2,500. The seat was created in 1997 from the Welsh-speaking rural farming areas of the southern part of the former Clwyd county, combined with the English Maelor areas on the border with England near Wrexham and some of the industrial villages on the western fringes of Wrexham, which themselves have substantial Welsh-speaking populations. The Wrexham and Denbighshire local councils, which the seat partly incorporates, both voted No in the 1997 devolution referendum, Wrexham by a majority of 3,875, and Denbighshire by 6,461. Wrexham county borough council is in Labour control, with Labour holding 34 of the 52 seats. The Radical group, a mainly Liberal Democrat grouping, hold 9, the Conservative and Independent group 5, Independent Labour 2, with 2 Non-Aligned. Denbighshire is in no overall control, with the Independents the largest grouping on 19, Labour the next-largest, with 15, followed by Plaid Cymru with 7, and Independent Labour and the Liberal Democrats on 3 each."