"A safe Labour seat at Westminster, where it has been represented by former Shadow Welsh Secretary Barry Jones since 1983. It is largely industrial, with the aerospace factory at Broughton a major local employer following the heavy job losses at Shotton steelworks in the 1980s, and it is heavily tied in to the economy of north west England. In the 1997 General Election, Labour had a majority of 16,403 over the Conservatives, who had 9,552. The Liberal Democrats, on 4,076, came third, and Plaid Cymru, on 738, came fifth behind the Referendum Party, who polled 1,627. The area is part of Flintshire local authority, which is dominated by Labour, who hold 45 of the 72 seats. The local Alliance party holds 14, the Liberal Democrats 7, the Conservatives 2 and Plaid Cymru 1. In the devolution referendum, Flintshire voted No by a big margin of 28,707 votes to 17,746 - the third biggest No percentage in Wales, at 61.6%."