David Rowlands (Welsh politician)

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David Rowlands
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Member of the Welsh Assembly
for South Wales East
Assumed office
5 May 2016
Personal details
Born Argoed, Caerphilly
Nationality Welsh
Political party UK Independence Party

David J. Rowlands is a Welsh politician who has been a UK Independence Party (UKIP) Member of the National Assembly for Wales for South Wales East region since the National Assembly for Wales election, 2016.[1]

Born in the Welsh mining town of Argoed, he was educated at Pontllanfraith Grammar School obtaining A Levels in economics and geography before studying for a degree in business studies.[2]

Summary[edit]

Rowlands has contested numerous seats for UKIP in general, Assembly and European elections.

He contested Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney in the 2016 assembly election, he won 4,277 votes finishing second to Welsh Labour's Dawn Bowden. In the same election, Rowlands was elected as a Assembly Member for the South Wales East, alongside fellow UKIP candidate Mark Reckless.

In 2017 Rowlands stood again for the Parliamentary constituency, he came fourth with 1,484 votes, a reduction in vote share of 14.2%.

2016 National Assembly for Wales Election;[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 2016: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Dawn Bowden 9,763 47.2% -7.1%
UKIP David Rowlands 4,277 20.7% +20.7%
Plaid Cymru Brian Thomas 3,721 18% +9.2%
Conservative Elizabeth Simon 1,331 6.4% +0.1%
Liberal Democrats Bob Griffin 1,122 5.4% -7.4%
Green Julie Colbran 469 2.3% +2.3%
Majority 5,486
Turnout 20,683 38.5%
Labour hold Swing -13.9

2017 General Election;[edit]

General Election 2017: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gerald Jones[4] 22,407 66.8 +12.9
Conservative Pauline Jorgensen[5] 6,073 18.1 +8.0
Plaid Cymru Amy Kitcher[6] 2,740 8.2 -1.3
UKIP David Rowlands[7] 1,484 4.4 -14.2
Liberal Democrat Bob Griffin[8] 841 2.5 -1.6
Majority 16,334 48.7 +13.5
Turnout 33,545 60.5 +7.5
Labour hold Swing +2.4

2015 General Election;[edit]

General Election 2015: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney [9][10][11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gerald Jones 17,619 53.9 +10.2
UKIP Dave Rowlands 6,106 18.7 +15.9
Conservative Bill Rees 3,292 10.1 +2.5
Plaid Cymru Rhayna Pritchard 3,099 9.5 +4.4
Liberal Democrat Bob Griffin[13] 1,351 4.1 −26.9
Green Elspeth Parris 603 1.8 n/a
Independent Eddy Blanche 459 1.4 n/a
Communist Robert David Griffiths 186 0.6 n/a
Majority 11,513 35.2 +22.6
Turnout 32,715 53.0 −5.6
Labour hold Swing -2.8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Welsh Election 2016: Labour just short as UKIP wins seats". BBC News. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  2. ^ "David Rowlands". UKIP Wales. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Wales elections > Aberavon". BBC News. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2011.
  4. ^ http://www.geraldjones.co.uk/
  5. ^ http://wokingham.moderngov.co.uk/mgUserInfo.aspx?UID=134
  6. ^ http://www.merthyrplaid.cymru/amy_kitcher_will_fight_for_merthyr_tydfil_and_rhymney
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-12. Retrieved 2015-03-12.
  8. ^ http://www.welshlibdems.wales/bob_griffin
  9. ^ "Merthyr result". Election results for Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney. Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  10. ^ http://wales.greenparty.org.uk/news.html/2014/10/22/elspeth-parris-announced-as-ge-candidate-for-merthyr/
  11. ^ http://labourlist.org/2014/12/gerald-jones-selected-as-candidate-for-merthyr-tydfil-and-rhymney/
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-12. Retrieved 2015-03-12.
  13. ^ http://www.libdems.org.uk/general_election_candidates#South West
National Assembly for Wales
Preceded by
Lindsay Whittle
Assembly Member for South Wales East
2016 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent