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Wrexham and Clwyd South stay Red but majorities are slashed

Published date: 07 May 2010 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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LABOUR held on to Wrexham and Clwyd South but in both cases with majorities which were slashed.

Ian Lucas was returned for a third time in Wrexham although his winning margin was cut from 6,819 in 2005 to just 3,668.

Once again it was Lib Dem contender Tom Rippeth who ran him a close second, with Welsh Conservative Gareth Hughes taking third place.

In Clwyd South Susan Elan Jones held the seat vacated by long-time incumbent Martyn Jones, who stepped down.

Mr Jones’ majority of 6,348 from 2005 was cut to 2,834 by Welsh Conservative John Bell, with Liberal Democrat hope Bruce Roberts beaten into third spot.

In both seats voter turnout was higher than at the last General Election.
Wrexham saw 64.9 per cent of electors register their votes, compared to 63.3 per cent five years ago.

In Clwyd South the figure was 64.7 per cent, compared to 62.9 per cent previously.

In Wrexham 81 per cent of postal votes were returned, and 82 per cent in Clwyd South.

Both results were declared within minutes of one another at the count in the sports hall at Glyndwr University.

A jubilant Ian Lucas said: “I am proud to be returned as the MP for Wrexham for the third time – Wrexham’s a great town.

“The election was fought in a good spirit and was very competitive.

“Wrexham is a town that has ambition, which has strength and a vision that needs to go forward.

“I intend to build on that vision over the next few years. Wrexham needs to become a city as it is already a premier centre for learning and industry.”
Lib Dem runner-up Tom Rippeth said: “We have cut Labour’s majority in half.

“Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to win but there’s always next time.”

In her winner’s speech the new Labour MP for Clwyd South Susan Elan Jones said: “I am following in the proud traditions of Welsh Labour.

“I promise I will always be the voice of Clwyd South in Westminster of Westminster in Clwyd South.

“I hope to serve all the people of Clwyd South, including those who did not vote for me, in a spirit of humility.”

Outside the count her defeated Welsh Conservative opponent John Bell accused Labour locally and nationally of having run a “dishonest and negative” campaign.

He said they had “frightened” voters with their claims about Conservative policies.

But Mr Bell added the fact that he had cut Labour’s majority had been an indictment of that party’s campaign approach.

Miss Jones said she disagreed with Mr Bell's claims about her party’s style of campaign.

Smaller parties did not make the breakthrough in either seat.

The United Kingdom Independence Party’s candidate in Wrexham notched-up just 774 votes, while the British National Party’s Melvin Roberts got 1,134.

In Clwyd South UKIP’s Nick Powell received 819, while the BNP’s Sarah Hynes got 1,100.

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  1. Posted by: a cahill at 11:02 on 07 May 2010 Report

    Congratulations to both of them on winning the seats maybe they will look to the reduced majorities and realise that the Labour vote is shrinking fast, which puts the assembly candidates at a high risk

  2. Posted by: GBoycott at 11:22 on 07 May 2010 Report

    So much for Lucas' trouncing. Bell did well and i'm surprised and saddened UKIP did so poor, they typically received 2/3 of the bnp vote across the country.

  3. Posted by: tommy at 13:11 on 07 May 2010 Report

    It sems that the Muppet show has been transferred from Hollywood to wrexham and Clwyd South.

  4. Posted by: Roland Cleth at 13:45 on 07 May 2010 Report

    Baaaa....baaaa....baaaa....baaaa....

  5. Posted by: tommy at 13:56 on 07 May 2010 Report

    The basic salary of theses two muppets over the next 5 years will be 640,000 quid (and that's without expenses)I can think of roughly a million more ways of spending the cash in a more uselful and productive way.

  6. Posted by: mfm103.4 at 15:13 on 07 May 2010 Report

    people of wrexham are to scared of change and believed labours lies

  7. Posted by: taffie5 at 16:32 on 07 May 2010 Report

    very disappointing they got in again. i guess people voted hoping to hang on to their benefits that labour keep throwing at them. glad they didnt get in nationwide though.

  8. Posted by: dave068 at 18:44 on 07 May 2010 Report

    Five more years of Lucas equals five more years of no new jobs for Wrexham.

  9. Posted by: Karen at 19:43 on 07 May 2010 Report

    Oh dear, am I only one who voted labour then? :-) I'm not on benefits and if change was David Cameron then no thanks :-)

  10. Posted by: Democracy at 21:13 on 07 May 2010 Report

    Here is the real result of Wrexham ballot: Keep The Tories Out Of Power - 12,161 Kick Labour Out Of Power - 8,375 Tom Rippeth - 4,252 Impressed By Nick Clegg On TV - 4251 BNP - 1,134 Plaid Cymru 1,029 Arfon Jones - 1,000 UKIP - 774

  11. Posted by: Democracy at 21:33 on 07 May 2010 Report

    I can safely say that British Democracy is dead. The party leaders con the public into thinking they choose who the next government will be when in fact they have virtually no say at all. They put their party a**e lickers in safe seats fooling the masses to vote for them. Then everyone wonders why MPs are so unpopular!

  12. Posted by: a cahill at 21:56 on 07 May 2010 Report

    Democracy...truth is that the only time the electorate get a look in is at the ballot box... and even that small part has been negated by the political parties willingness to power before people

  13. Posted by: tommy at 11:11 on 08 May 2010 Report

    Hegemony complete,the upper class filth who have sucked the people of this country dry for the last 1000 years are busy making deals as to how they can keep the rich even richer and screw everyone else.I blame the labour party and the trade union movement who have long deserted the working classes of this country.

  14. Posted by: greenflyer at 12:43 on 08 May 2010 Report

    the problem is labour havnt been looking after the working class ,but the none working class -they dont get taxed up to the hilt as soon as they get out of bed

  15. Posted by: sheefag at 22:26 on 12 May 2010 Report

    'Scrapman', Harsh.......but fair!

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