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Alyn & Deeside

The North-East 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 for employment.

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 Merseyside.

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 Schools.

The village of Hawarden is where former Liberal Prime Minister Gladstone retired to.