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Vale of Clwyd
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Although technically a Labour gain in 1997, this new seat was not one of their surprise victories, and Chris Ruane is very likely to win again with some ease over Brendan Murphy, who did not succeed in holding Hazel Grove for the Tories on Tom Arnold's retirement in 1997, and may expect more disappointment here in the English speaking part of North Wales. The seat includes a variety of constituent elements. There are the seaside towns of Rhyl and Prestatyn on the flat north coast, the small cathedral town of St Asaph which like all other Welsh candidates was denied in its bold bid for city status in the millennium elevations of December 2000 (it must now wait for the Queen's Golden Jubilee on the throne in 2002), and the inland hill farming territory around the old county town of Denbigh. Labour were 15pc ahead of the Tories here in the Welsh Assembly election of May 1999, and even if the 7pc movement away from them since the May 1997 General Election that this represents were extrapolated to May 2001 (and there is no reason why it should) this would not be enough to dislodge Ruane. This seat brought a new meaning to the phrase "election battle" on May 16 when Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott scrapped with a protester in Rhyl in full view of the national media. But Labour is unlikely to come out second best in the electoral fight in the Vale on June 7.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Chris Ruane, a bland-looking, oval-faced, locally born-and-bred Catholic school teacher, won the seat in 1997. Born 1958, educated at Blessed Edward Jones High School, Rhyl and Aberystwyth and Liverpool Universities and at South Wales Polytechnic, he returned in 1982 to teach, until elected in 1997, at the primary school he had attended in the 1960s. Reliant on notes when speaking, he extols cycling, has attacked local environmental pollution and backed Welsh devolution as promising the "last Quango in Powys".
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 15.11% 14.99% 100.75
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 1.20% 2.13% 56.58
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 17.77% 2.49% 714.69
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 0.27% 4.43% 6.21
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.81% 7.27% 52.31
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.13% 2.56% 82.99
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.06% 2.04% 2.79
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 3.73% 3.94% 94.52
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 23.97% 13.04% 183.85
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 4.94% 12.70% 38.86
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 10.96% 8.14% 134.64
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 4.51% 4.02% 112.21
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 3.17% 3.19% 99.54
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 5.67% 11.31% 50.09
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.04% 3.06% 1.43
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 2.66% 2.52% 105.75
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 12.49% 9.41% 132.70
5-10K 20.90% 16.63% 125.63
10-15K 19.06% 16.58% 114.94
15-20K 14.17% 13.58% 104.31
20-25K 9.86% 10.39% 94.84
25-30K 6.74% 7.77% 86.70
30-35K 4.62% 5.79% 79.77
35-40K 3.20% 4.33% 73.87
40-45K 2.25% 3.27% 68.85
45-50K 1.60% 2.48% 64.53
50-55K 1.16% 1.90% 60.80
55-60K 0.85% 1.47% 57.57
60-65K 0.63% 1.15% 54.73
65-70K 0.47% 0.91% 52.24
70-75K 0.36% 0.72% 50.03
75-80K 0.28% 0.57% 48.06
80-85K 0.21% 0.46% 46.29
85-90K 0.17% 0.37% 44.70
90-95K 0.13% 0.31% 43.26
95-100K 0.10% 0.25% 41.94
100K + 0.48% 1.34% 35.93

Local Map of the constituency
Vale of Clwyd - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Vale of Clwyd - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (13.89%) Plaid Cymru (1.08%)
Conservative (- 13.90%) Liberal Democrat (-  3.65%)
Conservative (2.41%) Liberal Democrat (0.70%) Plaid Cymru (1.23%)
Labour (-  2.67%)
Con - 13.90%
Lab 13.89%
LD - 3.65%
PC 1.08%
Con 2.41%
Lab - 2.67%
LD 0.70%
PC 1.23%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Chris Ruane
Labour hold
Con Conservative (32.21%) 10,418 32.21%
Lab Labour (50.02%) 16,179 50.02%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.45%) 3,058 9.45%
PC Plaid Cymru (7.11%) 2,300 7.11%
Oth Other (1.21%) 391 1.21%
Maj Majority (17.81%) 5,761 17.81%
Turn Turnout (63.12%) 32,346 63.12%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Chris Ruane
Labour hold
UK William Campbell 391 1.21%
C Brendan Murphy 10,418 32.21%
PC John Penri Williams 2,300 7.11%
LD Graham Rees 3,058 9.45%
L Chris Ruane 16,179 50.02%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Chris Ruane
Labour gain
Con Conservative (29.80%) 11,662 29.80%
Lab Labour (52.69%) 20,617 52.69%
LD Liberal Democrat (8.75%) 3,425 8.75%
PC Plaid Cymru (5.88%) 2,301 5.88%
Ref Referendum (2.13%) 834 2.13%
Oth Other (0.75%) 293 0.75%
Maj Majority (22.88%) 8,955 22.88%
Turn Turnout (74.65%) 39,132 74.65%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Conservative
Con Conservative (43.70%) 19,118 43.70%
Lab Labour (38.80%) 16,941 38.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.40%) 5,435 12.40%
PC Plaid Cymru (4.80%) 2,095 4.80%
Oth Other (0.30%) 123 0.30%
Maj Majority (5.00%) 2,177 5.00%
Turn Turnout (82.46%) 43,712 82.46%

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