Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire (Assembly constituency)

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Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire
National Assembly for Wales county constituency
Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire (Assembly constituency).svg
Mid and West Wales (National Assembly for Wales electoral region).svg
Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire shown within the Mid and West Wales electoral region and the region shown within Wales
Current National Assembly for Wales county constituency
Created 1999
Party Conservative Party
AM Angela Burns
Preserved county Dyfed

Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire 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 Mid and West Wales 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.

Boundaries[edit]

1999 to 2007[edit]

The constituency was created for the first election to the Assembly, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of the Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire Westminster constituency. It was a Dyfed constituency, one of five constituencies covering, and entirely within, the preserved county of Dyfed.

The other four Dyfed constituencies were Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Ceredigion, Llanelli and Preseli Pembrokeshire. They were all within the Mid and West Wales electoral region.

The region consisted of the eight constituencies of Brecon and Radnorshire, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Llanelli, Meirionnydd Nant Conwy, Montgomeryshire and Preseli Pembrokeshire.

Since 2007[edit]

The constituency includes the whole of 22 Carmarthenshire communities (Abernant; Bronwydd; Carmarthen; Cilymaenllwyd; Cynwyl Elfed; Eglwyscummin; Henllanfallteg; Laugharne Township; Llanboidy; Llanddowror; Llangain; Llangynin; Llangynog; Llanpumsaint; Llansteffan; Llanwinio; Meidrim; Newchurch and Merthyr; Pendine; St Clears; Trelech; Whitland), the whole of 24 Pembrokeshire communities (Amroth; Angle; Carew; Cosheston; East Williamston; Hundleton; Jeffreyston; Kilgetty/Begelly; Lampeter Velfrey; Lamphey; Llanddewi Velfrey; Llawhaden; Manorbier; Martletwy; Narberth; Pembroke; Pembroke Dock; Penally; St Florence; St Mary Out Liberty; Saundersfoot; Stackpole and Castlemartin; Templeton; and Tenby), also the eastern part of the Pembrokeshire community of Uzmaston, Boulston and Slebech.

Boundaries changed for the 2007 Assembly election. Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire remained one of five Dyfed constituencies and one of eight constituencies in the Mid and West Wales region. However, boundaries within Dyfed changed, to realign them with local government ward boundaries and to reduce disparities in the sizes of constituency electorates, and the boundaries of the region changed, to align them with the boundaries of preserved counties.

The other four Dyfed constituencies are, again, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Ceredigion, Llanelli and Preseli Pembrokeshire, all within the Mid and West Wales electoral region.

The region consists of the constituencies of Brecon and Radnorshire, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Dwyfor Meirionnydd, Llanelli, Montgomeryshire and Preseli Pembrokeshire.

For Westminster purposes, the same new constituency boundaries will become effective for the 2010 United Kingdom general election.

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]

Election Member Party Portrait
1999 Christine Gwyther Labour
2007 Angela Burns Conservative Angela Burns.jpg

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 2016: Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Angela Burns 10,355 35.4 −0.4
Labour Marc Tierney 6,982 23.9 −6.6
Plaid Cymru Simon Thomas 5,459 18.7 −11.1
UKIP Allan Brookes 3,300 11.3 +11.3
Independent Chris Overton 1,638 5.6 +5.6
Green Valerie Bradley 804 2.7 +2.7
Liberal Democrats Alistair Cameron 699 2.4 −1.5
Majority 3,373 11.5 +6.2
Turnout 51.2 +3.1
Conservative hold Swing +3.1
Welsh Assembly Election 2011: Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Angela Burns 10,095 35.9 +5.8
Labour Christine Gwyther 8,591 30.5 +0.8
Plaid Cymru Nerys Evans 8,373 29.7 +0.5
Liberal Democrats Selwyn Runnett 1,097 3.9 −2.4
Majority 1,504 5.3 +5.0
Turnout 28,156 48.1 −1.6
Conservative hold Swing +2.5

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 2007: Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Angela Burns 8,590 30.1 +9.8
Labour Christine Gwyther 8,492 29.7 −5.1
Plaid Cymru Andrew John Dixon 8,340 29.2 −4.0
Liberal Democrats John Richard Gossage 1,806 6.3 −2.9
Independent Malcolm Carver 1,340 4.7 +4.7
Majority 98 0.3
Turnout 28,568 49.7 +7.0
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
Welsh Assembly Election 2003: Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Christine Gwyther 8,384 35.0 −0.2
Plaid Cymru Llyr Huws Gruffydd 7,869 32.8 +3.0
Conservative David N. Thomas 4,917 20.5 +2.5
Liberal Democrats Mary K. Megarry 2,222 9.3 +2.6
Independent Arthur R. Williams 580 2.4 +2.4
Majority 515 2.1 −3.2
Turnout 24,253 43.0 −7.9
Labour hold Swing −1.6

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 1999: Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Christine Gwyther 9,891 35.1 N/A
Plaid Cymru Roy Llewelyn 8,399 29.8 N/A
Conservative David G. Edwards 5,079 18.0 N/A
Independent William E.H.V. Davies 2,090 7.4 N/A
Liberal Democrats Roger H. Williams 1,875 6.7 N/A
Independent Graham T.R. Fry 815 2.9 N/A
Majority 1,492 5.3 N/A
Turnout 28,149 50.7 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

References[edit]

Coordinates: 51°47′17″N 4°41′50″W / 51.78806°N 4.69722°W / 51.78806; -4.69722