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Clwyd South West (UK Parliament constituency)

Clwyd South West
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Preserved county Clwyd
Major settlements Rhosllanerchrugog, Llangollen
Number of members One
Replaced by Clwyd South, Clwyd West and Vale of Clwyd
Created from Denbigh and Wrexham

Clwyd South West (Welsh: De-orllewin Clwyd) was a county constituency in Clwyd, North Wales. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom by the first past the post system of election.

The constituency was created for the 1983 general election, and abolished for the 1997 general election. It was a marginal seat throughout its lifetime.


  • Boundaries 1
  • Members of Parliament 2
  • Elections 3
    • Elections in the 1990s 3.1
    • Elections in the 1980s 3.2
  • See also 4
  • Notes and references 5


This was a constituency of a varied nature, being made up of former mining villages close to Wrexham (such as Rhosllannerchrugog), the picturesque town of Llangollen and a large area of sparsely populated countryside.[1] The seat was abolished and broken down into three new constituencies after the recommendation by the Boundary Commission for Wales to create an extra seat in Clwyd for the 1997 general election.[2]

Members of Parliament

Election Member[3] Party
1983 Robert Harvey Conservative
1987 Martyn Jones Labour
1997 constituency abolished: see Clwyd South, Clwyd West and Vale of Clwyd


Elections in the 1990s

General Election 1992: Clwyd South West[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Martyn David Jones 21,490 43.5 +8.1
Conservative Gwilym G.V. Owen 16,549 33.5 +0.2
Liberal Democrat W. Gwyn Williams 6,027 12.2 −10.7
Plaid Cymru Eifion Lloyd Jones 4,835 9.8 +1.3
Green Nigel C. Worth 351 0.7 N/A
Natural Law Mrs Jean B. Leadbetter 155 0.3 N/A
Majority 4,941 10.0 +7.8
Turnout 49,407 81.5 +0.4
Labour hold Swing +3.9

Elections in the 1980s

General Election 1987: Clwyd South West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Martyn David Jones 16,701 35.4 +8.0
Conservative Robert Lambart Harvey 15,673 33.2 −0.6
Social Democratic Robert Thomas Ellis 10,778 22.9 −7.3
Plaid Cymru Eifion Lloyd Jones 3,987 8.5 −0.1
Majority 1,028 2.2
Turnout 47,139 81.1 +3.8
Labour gain from Conservative Swing +6.4
General Election 1983: Clwyd South West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Robert Lambart Harvey 14,575 33.8 N/A
Social Democratic Robert Thomas Ellis 13,024 30.2 N/A
Labour D.B. Carter 11,829 27.4 N/A
Plaid Cymru A.O.G. Schiavone 3,684 8.6 N/A
Majority 1,551 3.6 N/A
Turnout 43,112 77.3 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ "Clwyd South West". Vision of Britain. Vision of Britain, University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 2011-01-13. 
  2. ^ C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, pp.12,205 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995).
  3. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 5)
  4. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010. 
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