Arfon (Assembly constituency)

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

Coordinates: 53°04′59″N 4°02′31″W / 53.083°N 4.042°W / 53.083; -4.042

Arfon
National Assembly for Wales
county constituency
Arfon (Assembly constituency).svg
North Wales (National Assembly for Wales electoral region).svg
Arfon shown within the
North Wales electoral region and the region shown within Wales
Created 2007
AM Alun Ffred Jones
Party Plaid Cymru
Preserved county Gwynedd

Arfon is a constituency of the National Assembly for Wales, created for the 2007 Assembly election. It elects one Assembly Member by the first past the post method of election. Also, however, it is one of nine constituencies in the North Wales electoral region, which elects four additional members, in addition to nine constituency members, to produce a degree of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency has the boundaries of the Arfon Westminster constituency, entirely within the preserved county of Gwynedd, which will come into use, also, for the 2010 United Kingdom general election. The new constituency merged areas currently within the Caernarfon constituency and the Conwy constituency. The Caernarfon constituency was entirely within the preserved county of Gwynedd. The Conwy constituency was partly a Gwynedd constituency and partly within the preserved county of Clwyd.

The North Wales region was created for the first Assembly election, in 1999. For the 2007 election, however, it had new boundaries. It includes the constituencies of Aberconwy, Alyn and Deeside, Arfon, Clwyd South, Clwyd West, Delyn, Vale of Clwyd, Wrexham and Ynys Môn.

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
2007 to present Alun Ffred Jones Plaid Cymru

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 2011: Arfon[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Alun Ffred Jones 10,024 56.7 +4.3
Labour Christina Elizabeth Rees 4,630 26.2 −0.6
Conservative Aled Davies 2,209 12.5 +3.0
Liberal Democrats Rhys David Jones 801 4.5 −2.8
Majority 5,394 30.5 +4.9
Turnout 17,664 43.4 −5.7
Plaid Cymru hold Swing +2.4

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 2007: Arfon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Alun Ffred Jones 10,260 52.4 N/A
Labour Martin Robert Eaglestone 5,242 26.8 N/A
Conservative Gerry Frobisher 1,858 9.5 N/A
Liberal Democrats Mel ab Owain 1,424 7.3 N/A
UKIP Elwyn Williams 789 4.0 N/A
Majority 5,018 25.6 N/A
Turnout 19,573 49.1 N/A
Plaid Cymru win (new seat)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wales elections > Arfon". BBC News. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2011.