Wales constituency of Alyn & Deeside is situated just over
the border from Chester and has strong connections to the
North-West, particularly Merseyside. Like much of North East
Wales, Alyn & Deeside is heavily dependent on manufacturing
Since 1980, and the massive redundancies that took place at
Shotton Steelworks, the community and policy makers of North
East Wales have been striving for a strong and stable
economy and massive strides in industrial development and
expansion have been made.
A major component in the reconstruction has been the
creation of Deeside Industrial Park, in which Mark’s
predecessor Lord Barry Jones played an instrumental role.
The industrial park is the biggest of its kind in Europe and
is a pivotal part in Deeside’s function as a motor for the
entire economy of North Wales, Cheshire, the Wirral and
The Broughton Airbus plant employs about 7,000 people and is
the site where Airbus wings are manufactured, including
those for the A380 superjumbo.
At it's time construction of the new hangar in which the wings for the A380
are built was the largest
commercial building project in the UK, and Airbus spent more
that £1 million a week on it.
Deeside College serves the entire community of North East
Wales and Cheshire. It is currently assisting in the
training of 100 Airbus apprentices.
However, the constituency is not just renowned for its
manufacturing nature. There is a rich cultural vein
throughout North Wales and since the early eighties vast
amounts of money have been invested into sporting excellence
in Alyn & Deeside.
Broughton Shopping Park is the one of the biggest retail parks
in North Wales.
Deeside now boasts an ice rink of Olympic standards and has
a record of producing prospective Olympic stars. It is also
home to the Welsh Curling Association.
Deeside College also has a first-class athletics arena and
is home to the GAP Connah’s Quay Football Club. The
constituency can boast of world famous home grown stars,
most notably Manchester United and England striker Michael Owen and
former Wales mid-fielder Gary Speed. Both Premier
League players cut their teeth playing for Deeside Primary
The village of Hawarden is where former Liberal Prime
Minister Gladstone retired to.