Ceredigion (Assembly constituency)

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Coordinates: 52°22′52″N 3°55′19″W / 52.381°N 3.922°W / 52.381; -3.922

Ceredigion
National Assembly for Wales
county constituency
Ceredigion (Assembly constituency).svg
Mid and West Wales (National Assembly for Wales electoral region).svg
Ceredigion shown within the
Mid and West Wales electoral region and the region shown within Wales
Created 1999
AM Elin Jones
Party Plaid Cymru
Preserved county Dyfed

Ceredigion is a constituency of the National Assembly for Wales. It elects one Assembly Member by the first past the post method of election. It is also 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.

Boundaries[edit]

The area of the constituency is similar to that of the county of Ceredigion.

1999 to 2007[edit]

The constituency was created for the first election to the Assembly, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of the Ceredigion Westminster constituency. It is a Dyfed constituency, one of five constituencies covering, and entirely within, the preserved county of Dyfed.

The other four Dyfed constituencies are Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, Llanelli and Preseli Pembrokeshire. They are all within the Mid and West Wales electoral region.

The region consisted 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]

Boundaries changed for the 2007 Assembly election. Ceredigion remained one of five Dyfed constituencies and one of eight constituencies in the Mid and West Wales region. However, boundaries within Dyfed changed, to realign them with local government ward boundaries and to reduce disparities in the sizes of constituency electorates, and the boundaries of the region changed, to align them with the boundaries of preserved counties.

The other four Dyfed constituencies are, again, Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Llanelli and Preseli Pembrokeshire. They are all within the Mid and West Wales electoral region.

The 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.

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]

Period Member Party
1999 - present Elin Jones Plaid Cymru

Elections[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 2011: Ceredigion
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Elin Jones 12,020 41.3 −7.3
Liberal Democrats Elizabeth Evans 10,243 35.2 −0.9
Conservative Luke Evetts 2,755 9.5 +1.6
Labour Richard Boudier 2,544 8.7 +3.7
Green Chris Simpson 1,514 5.2 N/A
Majority 1,777 6.1
Turnout 29,076 51.9 −10.3
Plaid Cymru hold Swing −3.5
Welsh Assembly Election 2007: Ceredigion
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Elin Jones 14,818 49.2 +4.1
Liberal Democrats John Richard Thomas Davies 10,863 36.1 +8.5
Conservative Trefor Thomas Jones 2,369 7.9 −3.2
Labour Linda Susan Grace 1,530 5.1 −7.5
Independent Emyr Morgan 528 1.8 +1.8
Majority 3,955 13.1 −4.4
Turnout 30,108 55.7 +5.9
Plaid Cymru hold Swing −2.3
Welsh Assembly Election 2003: Ceredigion
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Elin Jones 11,883 45.1 −2.7
Liberal Democrats John Richard Thomas Davies 7,265 27.6 +16.4
Labour Miss Rhianon Passmore 3,308 12.6 −3.1
Conservative Owen J. Williams 2,923 11.1 +1.9
UKIP Ian J. Sheldon 940 3.6 +3.6
Majority 4,618 17.5 −14.6
Turnout 26,470 50.0 −8.0
Plaid Cymru hold Swing −9.4

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 1999: Ceredigion
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Elin Jones 15,258 47.8 N/A
Labour Miss Maria Battle 5,009 15.7 N/A
Independent David Lloyd Evans 4,114 12.9 N/A
Liberal Democrats Doiran D. Evans 3,571 11.2 N/A
Conservative Henri J. Lloyd Davies 2,944 9.2 N/A
Green Dave H. Bradney 1,002 3.1 N/A
Majority 10,249 32.1 N/A
Turnout 31,898 57.8 N/A
Plaid Cymru win (new seat)

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