Susan Elan Jones retains Clwyd South seat for Labour

Reporter:

Rhian Waller

LABOUR candidate Susan Elan Jones has retained her Clwyd South seat.
 
Turnout was similar to the 2010 general election, with a drop of 0.5 per cent from 64.5 per cent to just over 64 per cent. 
 
Labour secured their victory with 13,051, 2,402 more than their nearest rival the Conservatives, represented by David James Nicholls, who claimed 10,649 votes. 
 
Ukip represented by Mandy Jones came third with 5480 votes, while Mabon Ap Gwynfor polled 3,620 votes for Plaid Cymru. 
 
The Liberal Democrats brought in 1,349 votes, their candidate leaving Bruce Roberts in fifth place. 
 
Duncan Rees, representative for the Green Party, which ran for the first time in Clwyd South, polled 915 votes. 
 
Labour took 37 per cent of the votes and the Conservatives took 30 per cent. 
This represents a modest drop for Labour which took 38.4 per cent at the 2010 election. 
 
Ms Elan Jones described the win as “a great privilege” and vowed to represent the constituency to the best of her ability as the results were announced at approximately 1:50am. 
 
She added: “I’m really pleased. I think it’s a great result for us considering the collapse of the Lib Dems and the gains by Ukip. 
 
“Clwyd South has never been the archetypal Labour constituency, but I think people have listened to what we have to say.”
 
Ms Elan Jones added that she plans to challenge Parliament on several key issues brought up by constituents, particularly zero-hour contracts. 

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