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Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Plaid Cymru hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
In the USA "ethnic minority" congressional districts are created by law (the Voting Rights Act) to provide guaranteed representation for black and Hispanic people (though not Asians or other groups). The nearest thing we have to this in Britain is the Welsh-speaking seat of Meirionnydd Nant Conwy, a seat of only 32,000 electors (the Welsh average is 58,000, the UK average nearly 70,000). This over-representation is theoretically justified by the harsh and mountainous terrain of Snowdonia that it covers, but it guarantees another seat for Plaid Cymru, and a suggestion to make electorates more equal by including a substantial part of the English speaking north (Conwy) coast was abandoned after a storm of protest, which was certainly of a political nature even if that was not overtly admitted. This seat is now effectively a one party state, even more so in the Welsh Assembly elections of 1999, as might be expected, when it returned a former MP here, Lord Elis-Thomas.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Elfyn Llwyd, Plaid Cymru’s MP here since 1992, and its Commons leader since 1999, is something of a paradox: a genial small town solicitor with an unzealous, unpartisan manner, who nonetheless as a student changed his surname from Hughes to the rare Welsh name of ‘Llwyd’, and who believes that “the Welsh speaker is a second-class citizen in his own country”, a scarcely credible notion in the densely-Welsh-speaking part of Wales he inhabits. Born into a Nationalist family in 1951, he attended Llanrwst Grammar School, Ysgol Aberconwy, Llanrwst, Aberystwyth University and Chester Law College. Like his Plaid colleagues, he votes a leftist ticket on non-Nationalist issues such as defence, Iraq, homosexual age of consent, and jury trials. There are shades of Lloyd George Liberalism here, as befits one who served his legal apprenticeship under Lloyd George’s nephew in Portmadoc. But his call for all Welsh Court lawyers to be bilingual could smack of restrictive practice.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 1.10% 14.99% 7.32
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 46.99% 2.13% 2,209.95
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.38% 2.49% 55.56
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.00% 4.43% 0.00
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 0.00% 7.27% 0.00
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.46% 2.56% 17.89
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.03% 3.94% 0.88
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 11.65% 13.04% 89.38
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 14.58% 12.70% 114.74
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 10.27% 8.14% 126.12
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 4.74% 4.02% 117.94
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.61% 3.19% 144.63
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 2.59% 11.31% 22.89
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.00% 3.06% 0.00
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.60% 2.52% 63.45
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 11.87% 9.41% 126.12
£5-10K 21.94% 16.63% 131.91
£10-15K 20.40% 16.58% 123.03
£15-20K 14.99% 13.58% 110.33
£20-25K 10.14% 10.39% 97.55
£25-30K 6.68% 7.77% 85.94
£30-35K 4.39% 5.79% 75.80
£35-40K 2.91% 4.33% 67.10
£40-45K 1.95% 3.27% 59.66
£45-50K 1.32% 2.48% 53.30
£50-55K 0.91% 1.90% 47.85
£55-60K 0.64% 1.47% 43.16
£60-65K 0.45% 1.15% 39.10
£65-70K 0.32% 0.91% 35.57
£70-75K 0.23% 0.72% 32.48
£75-80K 0.17% 0.57% 29.77
£80-85K 0.13% 0.46% 27.38
£85-90K 0.09% 0.37% 25.26
£90-95K 0.07% 0.31% 23.37
£95-100K 0.05% 0.25% 21.68
£100K + 0.20% 1.34% 14.75

Local Map of the constituency
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (4.23%) Plaid Cymru (6.72%)
Conservative (- 10.54%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.91%)
Conservative (2.85%) Liberal Democrat (1.89%)
Labour (-  0.37%) Plaid Cymru (-  1.08%)
Con - 10.54%
Lab 4.23%
LD - 1.91%
PC 6.72%
Con 2.85%
Lab - 0.37%
LD 1.89%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Elfyn Llwyd
Plaid Cymru hold
Con Conservative (18.81%) 3,962 18.81%
Lab Labour (22.66%) 4,775 22.66%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.89%) 1,872 8.89%
PC Plaid Cymru (49.64%) 10,459 49.64%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (26.98%) 5,684 26.98%
Turn Turnout (63.51%) 21,068 63.51%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Elfyn Llwyd
Plaid Cymru hold
C Lisa Francis 3,962 18.81%
L Denise Jones 4,775 22.66%
PC Elfyn Llwyd 10,459 49.64%
LD Dafydd Raw-Rees 1,872 8.89%
Candidates representing 4 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Elfyn Llwyd
Plaid Cymru
Con Conservative (15.96%) 3,922 15.96%
Lab Labour (23.03%) 5,660 23.03%
LD Liberal Democrat (6.99%) 1,719 6.99%
PC Plaid Cymru (50.72%) 12,465 50.72%
Ref Referendum (3.29%) 809 3.29%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (27.69%) 6,805 27.69%
Turn Turnout (75.98%) 24,575 75.98%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Plaid Cymru
Con Conservative (26.50%) 6,995 26.50%
Lab Labour (18.80%) 4,978 18.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.90%) 2,358 8.90%
PC Plaid Cymru (44.00%) 11,608 44.00%
Oth Other (1.80%) 471 1.80%
Maj Majority (17.50%) 4,613 17.50%
Turn Turnout (80.36%) 26,410 80.36%

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