While the Conservatives claimed the result of the night in the neighbouring Vale of Clwyd, the party also romped home in Clwyd West, where David Jones will serve a third term.
The former Welsh Secretary of State won an slightly increased majority in a seven-cornered fight for the seat, which includes the Kinmel Bay, Towyn, Abergele and Llanddulas areas.
At the count in Llandudno, Mr Jones said: “My aim always was to give effective representation to the people of Clwyd West. I can’t think of any greater honour that any person can have than to be sent to Parliament to represent the interests of people of a constituency. I will continue to work as hard as I can for the people of Clwyd West and frankly that is where my ambition ends.”
Labour’s Gareth Thomas was beaten into second place by over 6,700 votes while Warwick Nicholson jumped into third with almost six times his voting tally from 2010. Marc Jones lost around 1200 votes for Plaid Cymru but the sharper fall was for the Liberal Democrats with Sarah Lesiter-Burgess garnering just 1,387 votes.
Two candidates lost their deposits – Bob English for the Socialist Labour Party and Rory Jepson for the Above and Beyond Party, which ran on one issue of adding a ‘none of the above’ option for elections. Turnout for the constituency was down slightly on last time.
CLWYD WEST RESULT:
David Jones (Conservative): 16,463 (43.3%)
Gareth Thomas (Labour): 9,733 (25.6%)
Warwick Nicholson (UKIP): 4,988 (13.1%)
Marc Jones (Plaid Cymru): 4,651 (12.2%)
Sarah Lesiter-Burgess (Liberal Democrats): 1,387 (3.6%)
Bob English (Socalist Labour): 612 (1.6%)
Rory Jepson (Above & Beyond): 194 (0.5%)
Majority: 6,730 (17.7%)