Llanelli (Assembly constituency)

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Not to be confused with Llanelli (UK Parliament constituency).
Llanelli
National Assembly for Wales
county constituency
Llanelli (Assembly constituency).svg
Mid and West Wales (National Assembly for Wales electoral region).svg
Llanelli shown within the
Mid and West Wales electoral region and the region shown within Wales
Created 1999
AM Keith Davies
Party Labour
Preserved county Dyfed

Llanelli 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.

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 Llanelli 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, Ceredigion and Preseli Pembrokeshire. They are all within the Mid and West 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]

Boundaries changed for the 2007 Assembly election. Llanelli 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 were, again, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Preseli Pembrokeshire, all within the Mid and West Wales electoral region.

The region consisted 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 became 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.

It is a marginal seat between Plaid and the Labour Party and has never been held by the same party for more than one term with Plaid and Labour alternating

Members of the National Assembly for Wales[edit]

Election Member Party
1999 Helen Mary Jones Plaid Cymru
2003 Catherine Thomas Labour
2007 Helen Mary Jones Plaid Cymru
2011 Keith Davies Labour

Results[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 2011: Llanelli
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Keith Davies 10,359 39.7 +3.7
Plaid Cymru Helen Mary Jones 10,279 39.4 −10.7
Conservative Andrew Morgan 2,880 11.0 +1.1
Putting Llanelli First Siân Caiach 2,004 7.7 +7.7
Liberal Democrats Cheryl Philpott 548 2.1 −1.7
Majority 80 0.3
Turnout 26,070 44.6
Labour gain from Plaid Cymru Swing +7.2
Welsh Assembly Election 2007: Llanelli
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Helen Mary Jones 13,839 50.1 +7.4
Labour Catherine Thomas 9,955 36.1 −6.7
Conservative Andrew D. Morgan 2,757 10.0 +2.6
Liberal Democrats Jeremy N. Townsend 1,051 3.8 −3.3
Majority 3,884 14.1
Turnout 27,602 49.2 +8.9
Plaid Cymru gain from Labour Swing +7.1
Welsh Assembly Election 2003: Llanelli
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Catherine Thomas 9,916 42.8 +3.1
Plaid Cymru Helen Mary Jones 9,895 42.8 +0.5
Conservative Gareth J. Jones 1,712 7.4 +4.2
Liberal Democrats Ken D. Rees 1,644 6.1 −3.2
Majority 21 0.1
Turnout 23,167 40.3
Labour gain from Plaid Cymru Swing +1.3

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 1999: Llanelli
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Helen Mary Jones 11,973 42.1 N/A
Labour Co-op Mrs. Ann Garrard 11,285 39.7 N/A
Liberal Democrats Tim R. Dumper 2,920 10.3 N/A
Conservative Barrie Harding 1,864 6.6 N/A
Independent Anthony G. Popham 345 1.3 N/A
Majority 688 2.4 N/A
Turnout 28,387 48.9 N/A
Plaid Cymru win (new seat)

References[edit]

Coordinates: 51°43′14″N 4°13′33″W / 51.72056°N 4.22583°W / 51.72056; -4.22583