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Conwy
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
One of the most interesting battles in Wales, and indeed in the whole of the United Kingdom, can be expected in Conwy in North Wales at the next General Election. Last time, Labour's Betty Williams leapt from third to first, while the perennial Liberal Democrat, the Reverend Roger Roberts retained a close second and the Tories slipped to third. In the Assembly elections of May 1999 however, a fourth party entered the list as Plaid Cymru capped Betty's achievement by jumping from fourth to win the constituency. With the retirement of their trooper Roger Roberts, the Liberal Democrats can probably be written off as potential victors now, and the Conservatives still seem very weak, so the main battle may - perhaps - be between Labour and the Nationalists, with the former as favourites in a Westminster contest when voters' minds may be more concentrated on UK wide matters; and it should be remembered that the largest town in the seat, Llandudno, has only 20pc of Welsh speakers, and Conwy itself only 31pc.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Labourís Betty Williams, after three years of unobtrusive loyalty apart from voting against disability benefit cuts (she has a disabled son), has latterly taken to resisting more generally, rebelling on restoring the link between pensions and average earnings, exempting policy advice from the Freedom of Information Bill, and air traffic control privatisation. Locally (Bangor) born (1944) and educated at Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle Secondary School, Penygroes, and Bangor Normal College, she faces a confusing array of challengers. The Lib Dems are running Vicky Macdonald, born locally in 1945, educated at St Winifredís School, Llanfairfechan, and teacher training college in Liverpool, and (as a mature student) Liverpool University. Briefly a teacher, she is now curator of the Royal Cambrian Academy in Conwy. For the Plaid is Ann Owen, seeking to confirm her partyís Welsh Assembly victory here. Again locally born (1959) and educated at Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle, a health visitor by profession, she is currently doing an MA in Womenís Studies at Bangor University. The Conservative candidate is David Logan, a 39 year-old bearded farmer from distant Sussex.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 10.44% 14.99% 69.62
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 3.13% 2.13% 147.38
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 11.50% 2.49% 462.67
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.08% 4.43% 1.70
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 1.74% 7.27% 23.87
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 3.29% 2.56% 128.10
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 8.93% 3.94% 226.38
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 20.82% 13.04% 159.67
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 5.18% 12.70% 40.81
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 15.97% 8.14% 196.17
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.81% 4.02% 69.92
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.89% 3.19% 122.08
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 10.15% 11.31% 89.73
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.59% 3.06% 19.33
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.46% 2.52% 57.83
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.02% 0.06% 39.36
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
£0-5K 11.19% 9.41% 118.84
£5-10K 20.09% 16.63% 120.80
£10-15K 19.27% 16.58% 116.23
£15-20K 14.82% 13.58% 109.14
£20-25K 10.51% 10.39% 101.17
£25-30K 7.24% 7.77% 93.15
£30-35K 4.95% 5.79% 85.50
£35-40K 3.40% 4.33% 78.40
£40-45K 2.35% 3.27% 71.94
£45-50K 1.64% 2.48% 66.12
£50-55K 1.16% 1.90% 60.90
£55-60K 0.83% 1.47% 56.23
£60-65K 0.60% 1.15% 52.06
£65-70K 0.44% 0.91% 48.33
£70-75K 0.32% 0.72% 45.00
£75-80K 0.24% 0.57% 42.00
£80-85K 0.18% 0.46% 39.31
£85-90K 0.14% 0.37% 36.89
£90-95K 0.11% 0.31% 34.70
£95-100K 0.08% 0.25% 32.71
£100K + 0.32% 1.34% 24.08

Local Map of the constituency
Conwy - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Conwy - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (9.24%)
Conservative (-  9.43%) Liberal Democrat (-  0.20%) Plaid Cymru (-  0.56%)
Labour (6.77%) Plaid Cymru (9.64%)
Conservative (-  0.56%) Liberal Democrat (- 14.32%)
Con - 9.43%
Lab 9.24%
LD - 0.20%
PC - 0.56%
Con - 0.56%
Lab 6.77%
LD - 14.32%
PC 9.64%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Betty Williams
Labour hold
Con Conservative (23.71%) 8,147 23.71%
Lab Labour (41.80%) 14,366 41.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.88%) 5,800 16.88%
PC Plaid Cymru (16.48%) 5,665 16.48%
Oth Other (1.13%) 388 1.13%
Maj Majority (18.10%) 6,219 18.10%
Turn Turnout (62.77%) 34,366 62.77%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Betty Williams
Labour hold
UK Alan Barham 388 1.13%
C David Logan 8,147 23.71%
LD Vicky Macdonald 5,800 16.88%
PC Ann Owen 5,665 16.48%
L Betty Williams 14,366 41.80%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Betty Williams
Labour gain
Con Conservative (24.27%) 10,085 24.27%
Lab Labour (35.04%) 14,561 35.04%
LD Liberal Democrat (31.20%) 12,965 31.20%
PC Plaid Cymru (6.84%) 2,844 6.84%
Ref Referendum (1.83%) 760 1.83%
Oth Other (0.83%) 345 0.83%
Maj Majority (3.84%) 1,596 3.84%
Turn Turnout (75.44%) 41,560 75.44%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (33.70%) 14,250 33.70%
Lab Labour (25.80%) 10,883 25.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (31.40%) 13,255 31.40%
PC Plaid Cymru (7.40%) 3,108 7.40%
Oth Other (1.80%) 751 1.80%
Maj Majority (2.40%) 995 2.40%
Turn Turnout (77.56%) 42,247 77.56%

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