Local News & Archive — June 9, 2017 at 7:51 am — Updated: June 9, 2017 at 8:15 am

Election 2017: Ruane returns in Vale of Clwyd

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Labour have reclaimed the Vale of Clwyd from the Conservatives in the general election.

Chris Ruane beat incumbent Dr James Davies with a majority of 2,379. The result marks a dramatic comeback two years after Dr Davies clinched the seat for the Tories in a narrow victory by 237 votes.

Mr Ruane, who was also the constituency’s first MP from 1997 to 2015, said he was elated by his return and would ensure the area did not lose out financially from Brexit.

In a four-cornered fight, Plaid Cymru candidate David Wyatt finished third but saw his party’s share of the vote reduced from 7.1% to 4%. Gwyn Williams, the Liberal Democrats candidate, also lost ground with just 1.7% share.

Turnout was 68%, up from 62.4% two years ago – the two leading parties together polled over 94% of the vote.

VALE OF CLWYD – FULL RESULT

Christopher Shaun Ruane (Labour): 19,423 (50.2%)
James Michael Davies (Conservative): 17,044 (44.1%)
David Lee Wyatt (Plaid Cymru):
1,551 (4%)
William Gwyn Williams (Liberal Democrats): 666 (1.7%)

Majority: 2,379

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