Burry Port (electoral ward)

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Burry Port is an electoral ward, representing the community of Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, Wales.

Profile[edit]

In 2014, the Burry Port electoral ward had an electorate of 3,387.[1] The total population was 4,240, of whom 80.3% were born in Wales. 32.2% of the population were able to speak Welsh.[1]

Current Representation[edit]

The Burry Port Ward is a two-member ward for the purposes of Carmarthenshire County Council elections. It is currently represented by Labour Party councillors Jack James (first elected in 2012) and Amanda Fox (first elected in 2017).

Recent history[edit]

The first election to the new unitary Carmarthenshire County Council took place in 1995. Burry Port had two seats, both of which were won by the Liberal Democrats. Keith Evans, the sitting member for the ward on Dyfed County Council, was elected alongside George West, a sitting member on Llanelli Borough Council.

Burry Port
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Keith J. Evans+* 1,014
Liberal Democrat George W. West* 693
Plaid Cymru David Hywel Nolan 501
Labour Lawrence Jenkins 397
Labour Paul Malcolm Davies 356
Liberal Democrat win (new seat)
Liberal Democrat win (new seat)

At the 1999, Labour gained both seats, having won one in a by-election.

Burry Port 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Patricia Ethel Mary Jones* 1,217
Labour Peter Jewell 1,060
Liberal Democrat Pamela Georgina Every 589
Labour hold Swing
Labour gain from Liberal Democrat Swing

Labour lost one of the seats to an Independent in 2004.

Burry Port
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Patricia Ethel Mary Jones* 850
Independent Stephen Randall James 754
Labour Hugh Shepardson 710
Plaid Cymru Joanna Davies 301
Plaid Cymru Alexander Anderson 226
Labour hold Swing
Independent gain from Labour Swing

In 2008, the situation remained unchanged.

Burry Port 2008
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Stephen Randall James* 931
Labour Patricia Ethel Mary Jones* 854
Plaid Cymru John Jack James 623
Labour Andrew Phillips 298
Independent hold Swing
Labour hold Swing

In 2012, Labour, regained the second seat. Pat Jones, a member of the authority since 1999, was re-elected alongside another Labour candidate who narrowly ousted the sitting Independent member, who had served since 2004. The Conservative candidate had stood as a Liberal Democrat in 1999.

Burry Port 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Patricia Ethel Mary Jones* 741
Labour Jack James 634
Independent Stephen Randall James* 622
Plaid Cymru Gaynor Davies 388
Conservative Pam Every 239
Turnout 44.5
Labour hold Swing
Labour gain from Independent Swing

Earlier History[edit]

County Council Elections[edit]

Burry Port first became an electoral ward in the early twentieth century, having initially been part of the Pembrey ward at the formation of Carmarthenshire County Council. In due course two wards were created at Ammanford for county council electionsand these continued to exist until Carmarthenshire was abolished in 1974.

With the formation of Dyfed County Council, Ammanford continued to elect two councillors until the wards were merged in 1989.

When the current Carmarthenshire County Council was formed in 1995, a Burry Port ward based on the community of that name was created.

District Council Elections[edit]

From 1987, Burry Port formed an electoral ward for the purposes of elections to Llanelli Borough Council. Burry Port returned three members.

External links[edit]

  • "Burry Port Ward: Electoral Division Profile" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-07-15.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Burry Port Ward: Electoral Division Profile" (PDF). Carmarthenshire County Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 July 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014.