Brecon and Radnorshire (Assembly constituency)

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Coordinates: 52°05′38″N 3°22′55″W / 52.094°N 3.382°W / 52.094; -3.382

Brecon and Radnorshire
National Assembly for Wales
county constituency
Brecon and Radnorshire (Assembly constituency).svg
Mid and West Wales (National Assembly for Wales electoral region).svg
Brecon and Radnorshire shown within the
Mid and West Wales electoral region and the region shown within Wales
Created 1999
AM Kirsty Williams
Party Liberal Democrats
Preserved county Powys

Brecon and Radnorshire is a constituency of the National Assembly for Wales. It elects one Assembly Member by the first past the post method of election. Also, however, it is one of eight constituencies in the Mid and West Wales electoral region, which elects four additional members, in addition to eight constituency members, to produce a degree of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

It has been represented since 1999 by Kirsty Williams, the leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats.

Boundaries[edit]

1999 to 2007[edit]

The constituency was created for the first election to the Assembly, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of the Brecon and Radnorshire Westminster constituency. It is entirely within the preserved county of Powys, and one of three Powys constituencies. Also, it is one of eight constituencies in the Mid and West Wales electoral region.

The other Powys constituencies are Montgomeryshire and Clwyd South. Montgomeryshire is also entirely within the preserved county of Powys, and within the Mid and West Wales region. Clwyd South is partly, and mostly, a Clwyd constituency, and within the North Wales electoral region.

The region consists of the eight constituencies of Brecon and Radnorshire, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Llanelli, Meirionnydd Nant Conwy, Montgomeryshire and Preseli Pembrokeshire.

From 2007[edit]

Constituency boundaries changed from the 2007 Assembly election, as did regional boundaries. Brecon and Radnorshire remained a Powys constituency, however, and one of eight constituencies in the Mid and West Wales electoral region.

Brecon and Radnorshire is one of two constituencies covering Powys, both entirely within the preserved county, and both within the Mid and West Wales region. The other Powys constituency is Montgomeryshire.

The Mid and West Wales region consists of the constituencies of Brecon and Radnorshire, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Dwyfor Meirionnydd, Llanelli, Montgomeryshire and Preseli Pembrokeshire.

For Westminster purposes, the same new constituency boundaries will become effective for the 2010 United Kingdom general election.

Assembly Members[edit]

Period Member Party
1999
to present
Kirsty Williams Liberal Democrat

Voting[edit]

In general elections for the National Assembly for Wales, each voter has two votes. The first vote may be used to vote for a candidate to become the Assembly Member for the voter's constituency, elected by the first past the post system. The second vote may be used to vote for a regional closed party list of candidates. Additional member seats are allocated from the lists by the d'Hondt method, with constituency results being taken into account in the allocation.

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 2011: Brecon and Radnorshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams 12,201 43.0 −9.2
Conservative Chris Davies 9,444 33.3 −0.3
Labour Chris Lloyd 4,797 16.9 +8.2
Plaid Cymru Gary Price 1,906 6.7 +1.2
Majority 2,757 9.7
Turnout 28,348 52.9 +1.0
Liberal Democrats hold Swing −4.5

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 2007: Brecon and Radnorshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams 15,006 52.2 +2.6
Conservative Suzy Davies 9,652 33.6 +3.7
Labour Neil Stone 2,514 8.7 −2.9
Plaid Cymru Arwel Lloyd 1,576 5.5 +0.5
Majority 5,354 18.6
Turnout 28,748 51.9 −1.0
Liberal Democrats hold Swing −0.6
Welsh Assembly Election 2003: Brecon and Radnorshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams 13,325 49.6 +5.0
Conservative Nick Bourne 8,017 29.9 +5.4
Labour David F. Rees 3,130 11.7 −6.0
Plaid Cymru Brynach Parry 1,329 5.0 −3.1
UKIP Elizabeth F. Phillips 1,042 3.9 N/A
Majority 5,308 19.7 −0.3
Turnout 28,348 52.9 −4.4
Liberal Democrats hold Swing +0.3

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 1999: Brecon and Radnorshire[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams 13,022 44.6 N/A
Conservative Nick Bourne 7,170 24.5 N/A
Labour Ian Janes 5,165 17.7 N/A
Plaid Cymru David Petersen 2,356 8.1 N/A
Independent Michael Shaw 1,502 5.1 N/A
Majority 5,852 20.0 N/A
Turnout 29,215 57.3 N/A
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)

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