Delyn is a parliamentary constituency in Flintshire, covering communities such as Flint, Holywell, Mold, Caerwys, Halkyn, Mold, Mostyn, Talacre, Trelawnyd & Gwaenysgor and Northop.
Delyn was formed in 1983 following a review of constituencies. Delyn was previously known as Flintshire West, and it was historically Conservative. Nigel Birch was the Member of Parliament from 1950 – 1970 followed by Antony Meyer 1970 – 1983.
When the Delyn Conservative Association was formed in 1983, they purchased the office in Halkyn Street, Holywell. The property consisted of an office on the ground floor and a flat above for the agent. The constituency was now formed and within weeks it had its first general election to fight.
The association chose Keith Raffan as the parliamentary candidate and he won election with a 5,944 majority. A national swing of 4.07% from Labour to Conservative. This result was largely due to the popularity of Margaret Thatcher, the then Prime Minister.
In 1987, Delyn was successful in returning Keith Raffan as its MP for a second term, but the majority reduced to 1,224. In 1992, although the Conservative Party won the election, Delyn was won by Labour with a majority of 2,039 (3.0% swing).
In 1997 the Delyn constituency changed again. The Vale of Clwyd constituency was formed and Prestatyn was taken from Delyn. This coincided with the collapse of the Conservative vote country wide and it ushered in the start of the Tony Blair years. The Conservative members of parliament sank to 166 seats.
Moral at this time was low in the Conservative party and many associations struggled to keep their membership engaged. Delyn, however, managed to keep the association going. Financial strains on the association began to develop. This was due to a number of reasons, and the association had to sell the Halkyn Street property, ever since the property has been leased.
Over the coming years Delyn stood many a good candidate but it remained in Labour’s possession. This all changed in 2019 when an early election was called by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. Delyn selected a relatively unknown candidate, Rob Roberts. Rob worked hard during his campaign, he was a local guy and he was supported by a great team both locally and nationally. Rob went on to win the election with a 6.1% swing to the Conservatives and he became our Member of Parliament. He unseated the incumbent Labour MP after 27 years!