"his seat, created for the 1997 General Election out of parts of the former Clwyd North West and Delyn constituencies, is held at Westminster by Chris Ruane, who won it with a majority of 8,955 over the Conservatives, who polled 11,662. The Liberal Democrats came third with 3,425 votes, and Plaid Cymru fourth with 2,301. Despite being in Labour hands, the seat is potentially vulnerable to the Conservatives, who held the former Clwyd North West as their strongest Welsh seat for many years, and who also held the former Delyn seat, by narrower margins, until 1992. Socially and economically, the constituency comprises the seaside resorts of Prestatyn and Rhyl, which have a high proportion of retired people but which also have considerable numbers of the transient jobless. Inland, the comparatively prosperous Vale of Clwyd has some of the best farming land in Wales and has high proportions of Welsh speakers. The seat lies within the Denbighshire local authority whose electors voted No in the 1997 devolution referendum by a majority of 6,461. The council 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."