Abergwili (electoral ward)

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Abergwili is an electoral ward, representing the community and village of Abergwili, Carmarthenshire, Wales.

Profile[edit]

In 2014, the Abergwili electoral ward had an electorate of 1,906.[1] The total population was 2,335, of whom 71.6% were born in Wales. 55.7% of the population were able to speak Welsh.[1]

Current Representation[edit]

The Abergwili Ward is a single-member ward for the purposes of Carmarthenshire County Council elections. Since 2017 it has been represented by Plaid Cymru councillor Dorian Williams.

Recent history[edit]

The first election to the new unitary Carmarthenshire County Council took place in 1995. Pam Palmer, who had represented the ward on the former Carmarthen District Council was elected with a large majority over the Plaid Cymru candidate.

Abergwili 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Pamela Ann Palmer* 671 72.5
Plaid Cymru Frances Jane Dixon 254 27.5
Majority 417 45.0
Independent hold Swing

In 1999, Palmer was returned unopposed.

Abergwili 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Pamela Ann Palmer* unopposed
Independent hold Swing

Palmer faced opposition from Plaid Cymru and the Labour Party in 2004 but comfortably retained the seat.

Abergwili 2004
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Pamela Ann Palmer* 677 61.4 +61.4
Plaid Cymru Henry Jones-Davies 246 22.3 +22.3
Labour Frances Elizabeth Owens 179 16.2 +16.2
Majority 431 39.1
Independent hold Swing

In 2008, faced only by a Plaid Cymru opponent, Palmer increased her vote significantly.

Abergwili 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Pamela Ann Palmer* 742 76.4 +15.0
Plaid Cymru Carl Harris 229 23.6 +1.3
Majority 513 52.8 +13.7
Independent hold Swing

At the 2012 election, Palmer was faced by an experienced Plaid Cymru candidate who had fought the Neath by-election in 1991. She was again returned but with a much-reduced majority.

Abergwili 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Pamela Ann Palmer* 600 57.9 -18.5
Plaid Cymru Dewi Richard Evans 436 42.1 +18.5
Majority 164 15.8 -37.0
Turnout 56.5
Independent hold Swing 18.5

History[edit]

County Council Elections[edit]

Abergwili first became an electoral ward in the late nineteenth century with the formation of Carmarthenshire County Council and elected a member to that authority until its abolition in 1974.

With the formation of Dyfed County Council, Abergwili was part of the Carmarthen Rural No.6 Ward. This ward was renamed Abergwili in 1989. This ward was considerably larger than the previous Abergwili ward and included Cynwyl Elfed, Bronwydd and Abernant.

When the current Carmarthenshire County Council was formed in 1995 a ward based on similar boundaries to those in existence between 1889 and 1974 was re-established.

District Council Elections[edit]

From 1973 until 1996, Abergwili formed an electoral ward for the purposes of elections to Carmarthen District Council.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Abergwili Ward: Electoral Division Profile" (PDF). Carmarthenshire County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 August 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2014.