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Aberconwy (UK Parliament constituency)

Coordinates: 53°18′07″N 3°48′18″W / 53.302°N 3.805°W / 53.302; -3.805

Aberconwy
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Aberconwy in Wales for the 2010 general election
Preserved countyClwyd
Electorate45,407 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlementsLlandudno, Conwy, Llandudno Junction
Current constituency
Created2010
Member of ParliamentGuto Bebb (Independent)
Number of membersOne
Created fromConwy and Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Overlaps
Welsh AssemblyNorth Wales
European Parliament constituencyWales

Aberconwy is a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (at Westminster). The seat was created by the Welsh Boundary Commission for the 2010 general election, and replaced the old north Wales seat of Conwy.

The same boundaries were used for the Aberconwy Welsh Assembly constituency in the 2007 Welsh Assembly election.

BoundariesEdit

The constituency is a new creation of the Boundary Commission for Wales and is based on the existing Conwy seat. It is centred on Llandudno, Conwy town and associated suburbs such as Deganwy and Penrhyn Bay along with the Conwy Valley. The other main component of the former Conwy seat, Bangor, is removed to the new Arfon constituency.

The name Aberconwy was chosen partly to avoid confusion between the former Conwy parliamentary seat (which, confusingly, had been the name first proposed by the Commission for the new seat), the existing county borough, town council and ward name. The seat is exactly co-terminous with the old Aberconwy district, abolished in 1996, and thus the name was thought to be a natural one with which to name the new constituency. Bangor, the main Labour voting area of the former Conwy constituency, is no longer within the constituency, whereas the more Conservative areas such as Llandudno and Conwy itself are retained. The constituency is diverse, combining Welsh-speaking rural areas, English-speaking coastal dwellers, many affluent suburbs, pockets of relative poverty, seaside resorts such as Llandudno and more industrial areas such as Llandudno Junction. In many ways the new Aberconwy seat resembles its neighbour Clwyd West (the other seat covering Conwy County Borough) to a large degree, as both seats have a similar social profile and, as seems likely, a similar voting pattern.

The wards of Conwy County Borough that were incorporated into the new Aberconwy seat are:

Members of ParliamentEdit

Election Member[2] Party
2010 Guto Bebb Conservative
2019 Independent

ElectionsEdit

 
Election results since 1950


Elections in the 2010sEdit

This seat was fought for the first time at the 2010 general election.

Incumbent MP Guto Bebb (Independent, formerly Conservative) is not standing for reelection. He was one of the 21 Conservative rebel MPs who voted to rule out a no deal Brexit, in September 2019. The rebels then all had the Conservative whip withdrawn.[3]

Candidates listed in alphabetical order of their surname.

Next general election: Aberconwy
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Jason Edwards[4][5]
Brexit Party Nancy Eno[citation needed]
Labour Emily Owen[6]
General election 2017: Aberconwy[7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Guto Bebb 14,337 44.6 +3.1
Labour Emily Owen 13,702 42.6 +14.4
Plaid Cymru Wyn Elis Jones 3,170 9.9 -1.9
Liberal Democrats Sarah Leister-Burgess 941 2.9 -1.7
Majority 635 2.0 -10.7
Turnout 32,150 71.0 +4.8
Registered electors 45,251
Conservative hold Swing −5.7
General election 2015: Aberconwy[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Guto Bebb 12,513 41.5 +5.7
Labour Mary Wimbury 8,514 28.2 +3.8
Plaid Cymru Dafydd Meurig 3,536 11.7 −6.1
UKIP Andrew Haigh 3,467 11.5 +9.4
Liberal Democrats Victor Babu[10] 1,391 4.6 −14.7
Green Petra Haig[11] 727 2.4 N/A
Majority 3,999 13.3 +2.0
Turnout 30,148 66.2 −1.0
Registered electors 45,525
Conservative hold Swing +1.0
General election 2010: Aberconwy[12][13][14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Guto Bebb 10,734 35.8 N/A
Labour Ronnie Hughes 7,336 24.5 N/A
Liberal Democrat Mike Priestley 5,786 19.3 N/A
Plaid Cymru Phil Edwards 5,341 17.8 N/A
UKIP Mike Wieteska 632 2.1 N/A
Christian Louise Wynne Jones 137 0.5 N/A
Majority 3,398 11.3 N/A
Turnout 29,966 67.2 N/A
Registered electors 44,593
Conservative win (new seat)

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "Beyond 20/20 WDS – Table view". 2011 Electorate Figures. StatsWales. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 1)
  3. ^ "Opinion: A Tory MP standing down over his party's 'nationalism' should set off alarm bells. It won't". The Independent. 15 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidates". Mark Pack. 30 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Jason Edwards selected for Aberconwy with a cracking speech". Mark Pack. 30 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Find your local Labour MP or candidate". vote.labour.org.uk.
  7. ^ "Statement of Persons Nominated" (PDF). Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Aberconwy Parliamentary constituency". Election 2017. BBC. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Local surgeon Dr Victor Babu chosen as Aberconwy's Welsh Lib Dem candidate". Welsh Liberal Democrats.
  11. ^ "- Green Party Members' Website". greenparty.org.uk.
  12. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  13. ^ Aberconwy Archived 12 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Conwy Council – Aberconwy candidates
  14. ^ "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Aberconwy". BBC News.

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