2015 Result:
Conservative: 3521 (13.1%)
Labour: 8122 (30.3%)
Lib Dem: 718 (2.7%)
Plaid Cymru: 11790 (43.9%)
UKIP: 2277 (8.5%)
Others: 409 (1.5%)
MAJORITY: 3668 (13.7%)

Category: Safe Plaid Cymru seat

Geography: Wales, Gwynedd. Part of the Gwynedd council area.

Main population centres: Bangor, Caernarfon, Bethesda.

Profile: A coastal seat in the north-west of Wales, facing Anglesey across the Menai Strait. The main towns and cities in the constituency are the small university city of Bangor (one of the smallest cities in the UK) and Welsh-speaking Caernarfon, the site of Caernarfon castle where Prince Charles was invested as Prince of Wales in 1969. The South of the constituency stretches into Snowdonia National Park, with the peak of Mount Snowdon lying just inside the constituency border.

Politics: A marginal seat between Plaid Cymru and Labour - the former being strong in Carnarfon, the latter taking its support from Bangor. The seat has only a little over 40,000 voters, making it the constituency with the smallest electorate apart from the special cases of the Scottish island seats, and less than half the size of the largest seats such as Manchester Central and East Ham.

Current MP
HYWEL WILLIAMS (Plaid Cymru) Born 1953, Pwllheli. Educated at Ysgol Glan y Mor and University of Wales. Former social worker. Contested Clwyd South 1999 Welsh Assembly election. First elected as MP for Caernarfon in 2001.
Past Results
Con: 4416 (17%)
Lab: 7928 (30%)
LDem: 3666 (14%)
PC: 9383 (36%)
Oth: 685 (3%)
MAJ: 1455 (6%)
Con: 3483 (12%)
Lab: 7538 (27%)
LDem: 3508 (13%)
PC: 12747 (46%)
Oth: 723 (3%)
MAJ: 5209 (19%)
Con: 4403 (15%)
Lab: 9383 (32%)
LDem: 1823 (6%)
PC: 12894 (44%)
Oth: 550 (2%)
MAJ: 3511 (12%)
Con: 4230 (12%)
Lab: 9667 (28%)
LDem: 1686 (5%)
PC: 17616 (52%)
Oth: 811 (2%)
MAJ: 7949 (23%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005, name changed from Caernarfon

2015 Candidates
ANWEN BARRY (Conservative)
ALUN PUGH (Labour) Born 1955, Llwynypia. Consultant and former college lecturer. Contested Arfon 2010. Assembly member for Clwyd West 1999-2007.
MOHAMMED SHULTAN (Liberal Democrat)
SIMON WALL (UKIP) Educated at Bishop Grosseteste College. Training consultant.
HYWEL WILLIAMS (Plaid) See above.
KATHRINE JONES (Socialist Labour Party) Contested Wales region 2014 European election.
Comments - 54 Responses on “Arfon”
  1. Really frustrated there is no green candidate… Seeing as we live in a national park.. would be fitting. Now I’m at a loss as to whom to vote for!

  2. Just flashed across the screen that Plaid has held Arfon.

  3. The LibDems on 2.7% in Lloyd-George’s old constituency.

    Rather oddly the Conservatives gained Caernarvon Boroughs in 1945.

  4. 2019 result comfortable for Plaid.

    Bus loads of Momentum activists from Merseyside could not help Labour despite their cockiness.

    Could be the final hurrah for this seat with constituency reform.

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