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Caernarfon
Plaid Cymru hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The Caernarfon constituency is in many ways the very heart of Welshness. It was for good reason that in 1969 the mighty Norman castle of Caernarfon saw the investiture of a Prince of Wales who seemed very English to most observers. This is the home of nonconformist religion and radical politics, for half a century the constituency of David Lloyd George. The Conservatives have always been too English a party to do well here, but Labour held the seat from 1945 until in 1974 it became one of the first constituencies ever to fall to Plaid Cymru, the Welsh Nationalists, in the shape of a young man called Dafydd Wigley. Wigley has effectively disengaged from Westminster politics, ceding the leadership of Plaid Cymru to the Ynys Mon (Anglesey) MP Ieuan Wyn Jones and announcing his retirement after 26 years as member for Caernarfon. This is the most heavily Welsh speaking of all constituencies (79pc can speak the language), including the most Welsh-speaking town, Caernarfon itself (88pc) and ward, Peblig (92pc). It will remain very safe for the Nationalists' new representative in London.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Hywel Williams, a locally-born (1953) shopkeeper's son, educated at Ysgol Glan y Mor, Pwllheli, and Cardiff and Bangor Universities, is a former social worker in Glamorgan and then Gwynedd, who became a social work lecturer at Bangor University in 1984 and headed its Social Work Practice Centre for two years before 1994, before becoming a freelance lecturer and consultant. With his Party penetrating Anglicised South Wales seats with non-Welsh-speaking candidates, he sounds a more exclusive note by listing 'language policy' among his interests.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 4.75% 14.99% 31.66
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 30.97% 2.13% 1,456.67
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 2.41% 2.49% 97.04
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.39% 4.43% 8.89
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 2.84% 7.27% 39.01
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.40% 2.56% 15.47
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.79% 3.94% 19.96
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 18.66% 13.04% 143.07
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 7.66% 12.70% 60.30
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.33% 8.14% 102.30
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 11.95% 4.02% 297.23
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.12% 3.19% 66.67
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 6.00% 11.31% 53.07
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.00% 3.06% 0.00
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.73% 2.52% 108.26
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 13.14% 9.41% 139.63
5-10K 21.07% 16.63% 126.70
10-15K 19.07% 16.58% 115.02
15-20K 14.18% 13.58% 104.40
20-25K 9.87% 10.39% 94.95
25-30K 6.73% 7.77% 86.62
30-35K 4.59% 5.79% 79.33
35-40K 3.16% 4.33% 72.94
40-45K 2.20% 3.27% 67.34
45-50K 1.55% 2.48% 62.42
50-55K 1.11% 1.90% 58.08
55-60K 0.80% 1.47% 54.25
60-65K 0.59% 1.15% 50.85
65-70K 0.43% 0.91% 47.81
70-75K 0.32% 0.72% 45.10
75-80K 0.25% 0.57% 42.66
80-85K 0.19% 0.46% 40.46
85-90K 0.14% 0.37% 38.47
90-95K 0.11% 0.31% 36.67
95-100K 0.09% 0.25% 35.02
100K + 0.37% 1.34% 27.62

Local Map of the constituency
Caernarfon - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Caernarfon - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (12.92%)
Conservative (-  6.76%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.84%) Plaid Cymru (-  7.20%)
Conservative (2.72%) Labour (3.87%) Liberal Democrat (1.32%)
Plaid Cymru (-  7.42%)
Con - 6.76%
Lab 12.92%
LD - 0.84%
PC - 7.20%
Con 2.72%
Lab 3.87%
LD 1.32%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Hywel Williams
Plaid Cymru hold
Con Conservative (15.16%) 4,403 15.16%
Lab Labour (32.30%) 9,383 32.30%
LD Liberal Democrat (6.27%) 1,823 6.27%
PC Plaid Cymru (44.38%) 12,894 44.38%
Oth Other (1.89%) 550 1.89%
Maj Majority (12.08%) 3,511 12.08%
Turn Turnout (61.35%) 29,053 61.35%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Hywel Williams
Plaid Cymru hold
L Martin Eaglestone 9,383 32.30%
UK Ifor Llody 550 1.89%
C Bronwen Nash 4,403 15.16%
LD Melab Owain 1,823 6.27%
PC Hywel Williams 12,894 44.38%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Dafydd Wigley
Plaid Cymru
Con Conservative (12.44%) 4,230 12.44%
Lab Labour (28.42%) 9,667 28.42%
LD Liberal Democrat (4.96%) 1,686 4.96%
PC Plaid Cymru (51.80%) 17,616 51.80%
Ref Referendum (2.38%) 811 2.38%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (23.37%) 7,949 23.37%
Turn Turnout (72.65%) 34,010 72.65%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Plaid Cymru
Con Conservative (19.20%) 6,963 19.20%
Lab Labour (15.50%) 5,641 15.50%
LD Liberal Democrat (5.80%) 2,101 5.80%
PC Plaid Cymru (59.00%) 21,439 59.00%
Oth Other (0.50%) 173 0.50%
Maj Majority (39.90%) 14,476 39.90%
Turn Turnout (77.11%) 36,317 77.11%

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