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Wrexham
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
Wrexham was once the mining capital of South Wales, surrounded by a coalfield which reached public notice with the Gresford colliery disaster of 1934, in which hundreds of men were killed. The town is still ringed by large villages full of chapels, places like Llay, Brymbo and Rhosllanerchrugog which were one completely dependent on mineral extractive industry. Now however the whole area has been transformed by economic diversification and development, as new investment has flowed in to create a wide variety of employment. There is a vast industrial estate covering several square miles in the countryside east of Wrexham. Unemployment is now below the average for Wales. Apart from 1983, when the result was distorted by the defection of the local Labour MP Tom Ellis to the SDP and his old party's majority slipped to 424 over the Conservatives, this has long been a safe Labour seat. There are middle class and more Conservative areas such as the village of Holt and Borras Park in the north east of the town, with its new private estates, but this is more than balanced by Labour strongholds like Caia Park in the south west. Dr John Marek, member for 18 years, is moving to the Welsh Assembly full time having been sent there very convincingly in 1999, but will be able to pass the seat on successfully to Ian Lucas.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Ian Lucas, Labour's fresh-faced replacement here for Welsh-Assembly-departed John Marek, is a solicitor. He was born in 1960 and raised in a council house, the grandson of a Durham miner. He was educated at Greenwell Comprehensive, Gateshead, Newcastle Royal Grammar School, New College, Oxford, and Chester Law College. Sometime Chairman of Wrexham CLP, his legal business is currently Oswestry-based and has acted on behalf of Trevor Rees-Jones, the bodyguard who survived the Princess of Wales' fatal car crash and whom Lucas advised over publication of his version of the events in the face of opposition from Mohamed Fayed.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 10.82% 14.99% 72.15
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 1.28% 2.13% 59.98
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.50% 2.49% 60.37
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 6.76% 4.43% 152.82
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 11.14% 7.27% 153.20
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 0.02% 2.56% 0.88
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.00% 2.04% 0.00
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.52% 3.94% 13.23
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 12.24% 13.04% 93.87
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 14.74% 12.70% 116.07
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 12.10% 8.14% 148.63
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 2.96% 4.02% 73.52
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 5.34% 3.19% 167.54
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 15.78% 11.31% 139.52
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 1.15% 3.06% 37.62
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 3.64% 2.52% 144.68
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 10.63% 9.41% 112.91
5-10K 18.71% 16.63% 112.49
10-15K 18.09% 16.58% 109.13
15-20K 14.31% 13.58% 105.38
20-25K 10.53% 10.39% 101.31
25-30K 7.54% 7.77% 97.00
30-35K 5.36% 5.79% 92.58
35-40K 3.82% 4.33% 88.20
40-45K 2.74% 3.27% 83.94
45-50K 1.98% 2.48% 79.89
50-55K 1.45% 1.90% 76.08
55-60K 1.07% 1.47% 72.51
60-65K 0.80% 1.15% 69.20
65-70K 0.60% 0.91% 66.13
70-75K 0.46% 0.72% 63.29
75-80K 0.35% 0.57% 60.66
80-85K 0.27% 0.46% 58.23
85-90K 0.21% 0.37% 55.98
90-95K 0.16% 0.31% 53.90
95-100K 0.13% 0.25% 51.96
100K + 0.57% 1.34% 42.63

Local Map of the constituency
Wrexham - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Wrexham - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (6.15%) Plaid Cymru (0.51%)
Conservative (-  8.55%) Liberal Democrat (-  1.73%)
Liberal Democrat (3.14%) Plaid Cymru (2.47%)
Conservative (-  2.37%) Labour (-  5.40%)
Con - 8.55%
Lab 6.15%
LD - 1.73%
PC 0.51%
Con - 2.37%
Lab - 5.40%
LD 3.14%
PC 2.47%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ian Lucas
Labour hold
Con Conservative (21.48%) 6,746 21.48%
Lab Labour (50.75%) 15,934 50.75%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.41%) 5,153 16.41%
PC Plaid Cymru (5.68%) 1,783 5.68%
Oth Other (5.68%) 1,783 5.68%
Maj Majority (29.26%) 9,188 29.26%
Turn Turnout (62.22%) 31,399 62.22%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Ian Lucas
Labour hold
UK Jane Brookes 1,783 5.68%
LD Ron Davies 5,153 16.41%
C Felicity Elphick 6,746 21.48%
PC Malcolm Evans 1,783 5.68%
L Ian Lucas 15,934 50.75%
Candidates representing 5 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
John Marek
Labour
Con Conservative (23.85%) 8,688 23.85%
Lab Labour (56.15%) 20,450 56.15%
LD Liberal Democrat (13.27%) 4,833 13.27%
PC Plaid Cymru (3.21%) 1,170 3.21%
Ref Referendum (3.28%) 1,195 3.28%
Oth Other (0.24%) 86 0.24%
Maj Majority (32.29%) 11,762 32.29%
Turn Turnout (71.78%) 36,422 71.78%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (32.40%) 13,101 32.40%
Lab Labour (50.00%) 20,191 50.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (15.00%) 6,054 15.00%
PC Plaid Cymru (2.70%) 1,075 2.70%
Oth 0 0.00%
Maj Majority (17.50%) 7,090 17.50%
Turn Turnout (78.77%) 40,421 78.77%

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