North Wales (National Assembly for Wales electoral region)

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North Wales
Welsh Assembly electoral region
North Wales electoral region.png
North Wales shown within Wales
Created
1999
Current representation
Welsh Labour Party 5 AMs
Conservative Party 4 AMs
Plaid Cymru 3 AMs
Liberal Democrats 1 AM
Constituencies
1. Aberconwy
2. Alyn and Deeside
3. Arfon
4. Clwyd South
5.Clwyd West
6. Delyn
7. Vale of Clwyd
8. Wrexham
9. Ynys Môn
Preserved counties
Clwyd (part)
Gwynedd (part)
Powys (part)

North Wales is an electoral region of the National Assembly for Wales, consisting of nine constituencies. The region elects thirteen members, nine directly elected constituency members and four additional members. The electoral region was first used in the 1999 Welsh Assembly election, when the Assembly for Wales was created.

Each constituency elects one Assembly Member by the first past the post electoral system, and the region as a whole elects four additional or top-up Assembly Members, to create a degree of proportional representation. The additional member seats are allocated from closed lists by the d'Hondt method, with constituency results being taken into account in the allocation.

County and Westminster boundaries[edit]

As created in 1999, the region covered the most of the preserved county of Clwyd, part of the preserved county of Gwynedd, and part of the preserved county of Powys. Other parts of these preserved counties were within the Mid and West Wales electoral region. For the 2007 Welsh Assembly election, however, boundaries changed, and the region now covers all of the preserved county of Clwyd and part of the preserved county of Gwynedd. The rest of Gwynedd is in the Mid and West Wales region.

The Assembly constituencies have the names of constituencies of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (Westminster). For Westminster election purposes, however, there are no electoral regions, and constituency boundary changes became effective for the 2010 United Kingdom general election.

Electoral region profile[edit]

The region is a mix of rural and urban areas, with the population higher in the east, where can be found the region's largest town, Wrexham, and the working-class conurbations of Deeside. The western areas, including the Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Mon), are largely rural. Although Anglesey and Gwynedd are home to large numbers of Welsh speakers, the language is not widely spoken in the north-east.

Regional members[edit]

Term Member Member Member Member
1999 — 2003 Christine Humphreys
Liberal Democrat
Resigned 21 March 2001
Rod Richards
Conservative
Resigned 10 September 2002
 
Peter Rogers
Conservative
Janet Ryder
Plaid Cymru
Eleanor Burnham
Liberal Democrat
From 22 March 2001
David Jones
Conservative
From 19 September 2002
2003 — 2007 Mark Isherwood
Conservative
Brynle Williams
Conservative
Died 1 April 2011
2007 — 2011
2011 — 2016 Aled Roberts
Liberal Democrat
Disqualified 17 May – 6 July 2011
Antoinette Sandbach
Conservative
Llyr Huws Gruffydd
Plaid Cymru

Constituencies[edit]

Constituency 2011 Result Preserved county
Aberconwy Janet Finch-Saunders
Conservative
Entirely within Clwyd
Alyn and Deeside Carl Sargeant
Labour
Arfon Alun Ffred Jones
Plaid Cymru
Entirely within Gwynedd
Clwyd South Ken Skates
Labour
Entirely within Clwyd
Clwyd West Darren Millar
Conservative
Delyn Sandy Mewies
Labour
Vale of Clwyd Ann Jones
Labour
Wrexham Lesley Griffiths
Labour
Ynys Môn Ieuan Wyn Jones
Plaid Cymru
Entirely within Gwynedd

2011 Welsh Assembly election additional members[edit]

Party Constituency Seats List Votes (vote %) D'Hondt Entitlement Additional Members Elected Total Members Elected Deviation from D'Hondt Entitlement
Labour 5 62,677 (32.2%) 5 0 5 0
Conservative 2 52,201 (26.8%) 4 2 4 0
Plaid Cymru 2 41,701 (21.4%) 3 1 3 0
Liberal Democrats 0 11,507 (5.9%) 1 1 1 0
UKIP 0 9,608 (4.9%) 0 0 0 0
Socialist Labour 0 4,895 (2.5%) 0 0 0 0
BNP 0 4,785 (2.5%) 0 0 0 0
Green 0 4,406 (2.3%) 0 0 0 0
Welsh Christian 0 1,401 (0.7%) 0 0 0 0
Jason Weyman - Independent 0 1,094 (0.6%) 0 0 0 0
Communist 0 523 (0.3%) 0 0 0 0

2007 Welsh Assembly election additional members[1][edit]

Party Constituency Seats List Votes (vote %) D'Hondt Entitlement Additional Members Elected Total Members Elected Deviation from D'Hondt Entitlement
Labour 5 51,831 (26.4%) 4 0 5 +1
Plaid Cymru 3 50,558 (25.7%) 4 1 4 0
Conservative 1 50,266 (25.6%) 4 2 3 -1
Liberal Democrats 0 15,275 (7.8%) 1 1 1 0
BNP 0 9,986 (5.1%) 0 0 0 0
UKIP 0 8,015 (4.1%) 0 0 0 0
Green 0 5,660 (2.9%) 0 0 0 0
Socialist Labour 0 2,209 (1.1%) 0 0 0 0
Welsh Christian 0 1,300 (0.7%) 0 0 0 0
Communist 0 700 (0.4%) 0 0 0 0
Christian Peoples 0 642 (0.3%) 0 0 0 0

2003 Welsh Assembly election additional members[2][edit]

Party Constituency Seats List Votes (vote %) D'Hondt Entitlement Additional Members Elected Total Members Elected Deviation from D'Hondt Entitlement
Labour 6 55,250 (31.57%) 6 0 6 0
Plaid Cymru 2 41,640 (23.79%) 3 1 3 0
Conservative 0 38,543 (22.02%) 2 2 2 0
Liberal Democrats 0 17,503 (10.00%) 1 1 1 0
Independent- John Marek 1 11,008 (6.29.%) 1 0 1 0
UKIP 0 4,500 (2.57%) 0 0 0 0
Green 0 4,200 (2.40%) 0 0 0 0
Cymru Annibynnol 0 1,552 (0.89%) 0 0 0 0
Communist 0 522 (0.30%) 0 0 0 0
ProLife Alliance 0 310 (0.18%) 0 0 0 0

Former constituencies[edit]

1999 to 2007[edit]

Constituency Preserved counties
Alyn and Deeside Entirely within Clwyd
Caernarfon Entirely within Gwynedd
Clwyd South Partly Clwyd, partly Powys
Clwyd West Entirely within Clwyd
Conwy Partly Clwyd, partly Gwynedd
Delyn Entirely within Clwyd
Vale of Clwyd
Wrexham
Ynys Môn Entirely within Gwynedd

1999 Welsh Assembly election additional members[2][edit]

Party Constituency Seats List Votes (vote %) D'Hondt Entitlement Additional Members Elected Total Members Elected Deviation from D'Hondt Entitlement
Labour 6 70,625 (41.79%) 6 0 6 0
Plaid Cymru 3 50,757 (30.04%) 4 1 4 0
Conservative 0 20,993 (12.42%) 2 2 2 0
Liberal Democrats 0 18,527 (10.96%) 1 1 1 0
Green 0 4,082 (2.42%) 0 0 0 0
People's Representative 0 2,074 (1.23%) 0 0 0 0
Socialist Alliance 0 1,257 (0.74%) 0 0 0 0
Natural Law 0 676 (0.40%) 0 0 0 0

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