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North Wales (European Parliament constituency)

North Wales was a European Parliament constituency which roughly covered the unofficial region of North Wales, from 1979 until 1999. It was held by the Conservative Party from 1979 until 1989, during which time it was their only seat in Wales.

Prior to its uniform adoption of proportional representation in 1999, the United Kingdom used first-past-the-post for the European elections in England, Scotland and Wales. The European Parliament constituencies used under that system were smaller than the later regional constituencies and only had one Member of the European Parliament each.

When it was created in Wales in 1979, it consisted of the Westminster Parliament constituencies of Anglesey, Caernarfon, Conwy, Denbigh, Flint East, Flint West, Merioneth, Montgomery, Wrexham. In 1984, Denbigh, Flint East, Flint West and Merioneth were replaced by Alyn and Deeside, Clwyd North West, Clwyd South West, Delyn and Meirionnydd Nant Conwy, while Anglesey was renamed Ynys Môn. In 1994, Meirionnydd Nant Conwy and Montgomery were removed from the seat.[1]

The seat became part of the much larger Wales constituency in 1999.

Members of the European Parliament

Elected Name Party
1979 Beata Brookes Conservative
1989 Joe Wilson Labour

Results

European Parliament election, 1979: North Wales[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Beata Brookes 71,473 41.9 N/A
Labour T. A. Dillon 46,627 26.4 N/A
Plaid Cymru Ieuan Wyn Jones 34,171 19.3 N/A
Liberal Nesta Wyn Ellis 21,989 12.4 N/A
Majority 27,546 15.5 N/A
Turnout 35.9 N/A
Conservative win (new seat)
European Parliament election, 1984: North Wales[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Beata Brookes 69,139 31.6 -10.3
Social Democratic Robert Thomas Ellis 56,861 26.0 +13.6
Labour Colin Ian Campbell 54,768 25.0 -1.4
Plaid Cymru Dafydd Iwan 38,117 17.4 -1.9
Majority 12,278 5.6 -9.9
Turnout 42.4 +6.5
Conservative hold Swing
European Parliament election, 1989: North Wales[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joe Wilson 83,638 33.1 +8.1
Conservative Beata Brookes 79,178 31.3 -0.3
Plaid Cymru Dafydd Elis-Thomas 64,120 25.3 +7.9
Green P. H. W. Adams 15,832 6.3 N/A
Social and Liberal Democrats R. K. Marshall 10,056 4.0 -22.0
Majority 4,460 1.8 -3.8
Turnout 46.8 +4.4
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
European Parliament election, 1994: North Wales[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Joe Wilson 88,091 40.8 +7.7
Plaid Cymru Dafydd Wigley 72,849 33.8 +8.5
Conservative R. G. M. Hughes 33,450 15.5 -15.8
Liberal Democrat R. E. Parry 14,828 6.9 +2.9
Green P. H. W. Adams 2,850 1.3 -5.0
Natural Law D. E. Hughes 2,065 0.9 N/A
Independent J. M. Cooksey 1,623 0.8 N/A
Majority 15,242 7.0 +5.2
Turnout 45.3 -1.5
Labour hold Swing

References

  1. ^ "David Boothroyd's United Kingdom Election Results". Retrieved 2008-01-20. 
  2. ^ a b c d United Kingdom European Parliamentary Election results 1979-99: Wales

External links

  • David Boothroyd's United Kingdom Election Results
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