Rhondda (Assembly constituency)

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Not to be confused with Rhondda (UK Parliament constituency).

Coordinates: 51°38′38″N 3°25′37″W / 51.644°N 3.427°W / 51.644; -3.427

National Assembly for Wales county constituency
Rhondda (Assembly constituency).svg
South Wales Central (National Assembly for Wales electoral region).svg
Rhondda shown within the South Wales Central electoral region and the region shown within Wales
Current National Assembly for Wales county constituency
Created 1999
Party Labour
AM Leighton Andrews
Preserved county Mid Glamorgan
South Glamorgan

Rhondda 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 South Wales Central 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.


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

The other seven constituencies of the region are Cardiff Central, Cardiff North, Cardiff South and Penarth, Cardiff West, Cynon Valley, Pontypridd and Vale of Glamorgan.


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.

Members of the National Assembly for Wales[edit]

Election Member Party
1999 Geraint Davies Plaid Cymru
2003 Leighton Andrews Labour
2007 Leighton Andrews Labour
2011 Leighton Andrews Labour


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 2011: Rhondda[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Leighton Andrews 12,650 63.2 +4.9
Plaid Cymru Sera Evans-Fear 5,911 29.5 −0.6
Conservative James Eric Jeffreys 969 4.8 −0.3
Liberal Democrats George Summers 497 2.5 −4.0
Majority 6,739 33.6 +5.5
Turnout 20,027 38 −4.1
Labour hold Swing +2.8

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 2007: Rhondda[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Leighton Andrews 12,875 58.2 −3.4
Plaid Cymru Jill Evans 6,660 30.1 +3.1
Liberal Democrats Karen Roberts 1,441 6.5 +3.5
Conservative Howard Parsons 1,131 5.1 +2.9
Majority 6,215 28.1
Turnout 22,107 42.1
Labour hold Swing −3.3
Welsh Assembly Election 2003: Rhondda
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Leighton Andrews 14,170 61.6 +21.1
Plaid Cymru Geraint Davies 6,216 27.0 −21.7
Independent Jeffrey Gregory 909 4.0 N/A
Liberal Democrats Mrs Veronica K. Watkins 680 3.0 −1.7
UKIP Dr. Kunnathur T. Rajan 524 2.3 N/A
Conservative Paul J. Williams 504 2.2 −0.6
Majority 7,954 34.6
Turnout 23,003 45.6 −4.6
Labour gain from Plaid Cymru Swing +21.4

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 1999: Rhondda
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Geraint Davies 13,558 48.7 N/A
Labour Wayne David 11,273 40.5 N/A
Liberal Democrats Meurig Williams 1,303 4.7 N/A
Independent Glyndwr Summers 913 3.3 N/A
Conservative Peter Hobbins 774 2.8 N/A
Majority 2,285 8.2 N/A
Turnout 27,821 50.2 N/A
Plaid Cymru win (new seat)


  1. ^ "Wales elections > Rhondda". BBC News. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Election results - 2007, National Assembly for Wales