"This seat, the island of Anglesey, has had a chequered political history at Westminster. It was held through three decades by Cledwyn Hughes for Labour until the Conservatives unexpectedly captured it when the Tories came to power in 1979. The Tories retained it in 1983, although Plaid Cymru had by that time emerged as the main challenger. Aided by the Tory MP Keith Best’s disgrace over a share deception, Plaid’s Ieuan Wyn Jones snatched the seat in 1987, retaining it with narrow majorities over the Conservatives in 1992 and Labour in 1997, when he had a majority of 2,481. Labour polled 13,275 in second place, the Conservatives came third with 8,569 and the Liberal Democrats were fourth on 1,537. Anglesey is a predominantly rural island, although it has some heavier industry around Holyhead, where the ferry terminal is an important employer. Agriculture and tourism are major industries, and there is also a substantial retirement population. The island is predominantly Welsh-speaking, with 62% of the population registering as Welsh speakers. At the 1997 devolution referendum, the island’s electors voted Yes, but by a narrow majority of only 554 votes. The Isle of Anglesey county council, dogged in recent years by a succession of scandals, is in the control of the Independents, although they go by a somewhat bewildering variety of names, largely as a result of the fallout from the council's difficulties. The Anglesey Independent Group is the largest, with 18 seats, followed by Plaid Cymru with 6; Labour have 5, the Original Independent Group (including one Conservative), have 3; the April '98 group, have 3, and there are 5 Non-Aligned."