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Clwyd West
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
A new constituency in 1997, Clwyd West in North Wales was expected to prove one of the strongest for the Conservatives in the whole of the principality; yet the sitting Clwyd NW MP, Rod Richards, a man who had brushed with the law on the odd occasion, was defeated like all his fellow Conservatives west of the border. Labour won again in the 1999 Welsh Assembly elections, although their three-figure majority suggests that this would be one of the two most vulnerable seats to a Tory revival. The largest town here is Colwyn Bay, the largest employing 'industry' tourism, the predominant language English, the historic party Conservative, the current incumbents New Labour, the future - highly uncertain.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Labour could lose both its MPs called ‘Gareth Thomas’, the one elected here being slightly less vulnerable to a small swing than his Harrow namesake. A barrister, born 1954, educated at Rock Ferry High School, Birkenhead, and Aberystwyth University, he favours devolution, but like the Euro-sceptics Ted Rowlands and Denzil Davies, he accepts the reality of Wales’s financial dependence on England. His political nemesis in the Tories’ No 1 target seat in Wales is Jimmy James, who came to public notice as the personable Tory candidate in the SE Staffs byelection of 1996. Born 1952, and educated at Marlborough, Sandhurst and Birmingham University, he has been a Northamptonshire-based businessman and county councillor for some years, and is currently a fund-raiser.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 16.96% 14.99% 113.13
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 12.28% 2.13% 577.39
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 19.08% 2.49% 767.48
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.41% 4.43% 31.76
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.90% 7.27% 53.67
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 1.12% 2.56% 43.68
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 4.85% 3.94% 122.92
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 21.20% 13.04% 162.59
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 3.42% 12.70% 26.91
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 8.88% 8.14% 109.09
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.21% 4.02% 5.10
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.44% 3.19% 76.54
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.98% 11.31% 26.35
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.00% 3.06% 0.00
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.25% 2.52% 49.66
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.03% 0.06% 41.41
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 10.87% 9.41% 115.48
£5-10K 19.04% 16.63% 114.50
£10-15K 18.25% 16.58% 110.06
£15-20K 14.14% 13.58% 104.12
£20-25K 10.20% 10.39% 98.17
£25-30K 7.21% 7.77% 92.77
£30-35K 5.10% 5.79% 88.02
£35-40K 3.63% 4.33% 83.89
£40-45K 2.62% 3.27% 80.29
£45-50K 1.91% 2.48% 77.14
£50-55K 1.42% 1.90% 74.37
£55-60K 1.06% 1.47% 71.94
£60-65K 0.80% 1.15% 69.78
£65-70K 0.62% 0.91% 67.85
£70-75K 0.48% 0.72% 66.14
£75-80K 0.37% 0.57% 64.59
£80-85K 0.29% 0.46% 63.21
£85-90K 0.23% 0.37% 61.95
£90-95K 0.19% 0.31% 60.81
£95-100K 0.15% 0.25% 59.77
£100K + 0.74% 1.34% 55.11

Local Map of the constituency
Clwyd West - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Clwyd West - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (6.16%) Plaid Cymru (8.87%)
Conservative (- 16.03%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.90%)
Conservative (3.11%) Labour (1.75%)
Liberal Democrat (-  1.43%) Plaid Cymru (-  0.60%)
Con - 16.03%
Lab 6.16%
LD - 2.90%
PC 8.87%
Con 3.11%
Lab 1.75%
LD - 1.43%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Gareth Thomas
Labour hold
Con Conservative (35.58%) 12,311 35.58%
Lab Labour (38.80%) 13,426 38.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (11.37%) 3,934 11.37%
PC Plaid Cymru (12.87%) 4,453 12.87%
Oth Other (1.38%) 476 1.38%
Maj Majority (3.22%) 1,115 3.22%
Turn Turnout (64.12%) 34,600 64.12%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Gareth Thomas
Labour hold
LD Bobbie Feeley 3,934 11.37%
UK Matthew Guest 476 1.38%
C Jimmy James 12,311 35.58%
L Gareth Thomas 13,426 38.80%
PC Elfed Williams 4,453 12.87%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Gareth Thomas
Labour gain
Con Conservative (32.47%) 13,070 32.47%
Lab Labour (37.06%) 14,918 37.06%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.80%) 5,151 12.80%
PC Plaid Cymru (13.47%) 5,421 13.47%
Ref Referendum (2.77%) 1,114 2.77%
Oth Other (1.45%) 583 1.45%
Maj Majority (4.59%) 1,848 4.59%
Turn Turnout (75.29%) 40,257 75.29%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (48.50%) 20,132 48.50%
Lab Labour (30.90%) 12,819 30.90%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.70%) 6,526 15.70%
PC Plaid Cymru (4.60%) 1,906 4.60%
Oth Other (0.40%) 151 0.40%
Maj Majority (17.60%) 7,313 17.60%
Turn Turnout (77.16%) 41,534 77.16%

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