Bridgend (Assembly constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°30′25″N 3°34′52″W / 51.507°N 3.581°W / 51.507; -3.581

Not to be confused with Bridgend (UK Parliament constituency).
Bridgend
Welsh Assembly county constituency
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Bridgend shown as one of the 40
Welsh Assembly constituencies
Created: 1999
Electoral region: South Wales West
AM: Carwyn Jones
Party: Labour
Preserved counties: Mid Glamorgan
and West Glamorgan

Bridgend 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 seven constituencies in the South Wales West electoral region, which elects four additional members, in addition to seven constituency members, to produce a degree of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency was created for the first election to the Assembly, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of the Bridgend Westminster constituency. It is partly within the preserved county of Mid Glamorgan and partly within the preserved county of South Glamorgan.

The other six constituencies of the region are Aberavon, Gower, Neath, Ogmore, Swansea East and Swansea West.

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.

Assembly Members[edit]

The member for the constituency since 1999 has been the First Minister, Carwyn Jones.

Period Member Party
1999 Carwyn Jones Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 2011: Bridgend[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Carwyn Jones 13,499 56.2 +15.9
Conservative Alex Williams 6,724 28.0 −1.9
Plaid Cymru Tim Thomas 2,706 8.6 −6.0
Liberal Democrats Briony Davies 1,736 7.2 −8.0
Majority 6,775 28.2 +17.8
Turnout 24,035 40.8 −0.4
Labour hold Swing +8.9

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 2007: Bridgend
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Carwyn Jones 9,889 40.3 −2.5
Conservative Miss Emma L. Greenow 7,333 29.9 −2.0
Liberal Democrats Paul Warren 3,730 15.2 +1.7
Plaid Cymru Nick H. Thomas 3,600 14.7 +5.9
Majority 2,556 10.4 −0.5
Turnout 24,552 41.2 +5.8
Labour hold Swing
Welsh Assembly Election 2003: Bridgend
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Carwyn Jones 9,487 42.8 +5.6
Conservative Alun Cairns 7,066 31.9 +11.7
Liberal Democrats Mrs. Cheryl A. Green 2,980 13.5 −2.2
Plaid Cymru Keith Parry 1,939 8.8 −10.9
UKIP Tim C. Jenkins 677 3.1 N/A
Majority 2,421 10.9 −6.1
Turnout 22,113 35.4 −6.4
Labour hold Swing −3.1

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 1999: Bridgend
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Carwyn Jones 9,321 37.2 N/A
Conservative Alun Cairns 5,063 20.2 N/A
Plaid Cymru Jeff R. Canning 4,919 19.7 N/A
Liberal Democrats Rob O. Humphreys 3,910 15.6 N/A
Independent Allan Jones 1,819 7.3 N/A
Majority 4,258 17.0 N/A
Turnout 25,032 41.6 N/A
Labour win (new seat)