Gower (Assembly constituency)

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

Coordinates: 51°37′12″N 4°08′13″W / 51.620°N 4.137°W / 51.620; -4.137

Gower
Welsh Assembly county constituency
Gower2007Constituency.svg
Gower shown as one of the 40
Welsh Assembly constituencies
Created: 1999
Electoral region: South Wales West
AM: Edwina Hart
Party: Labour
Preserved county: West Glamorgan

Gower is a constituency of the National Assembly for Wales. It elects one Assembly Member by the first past the post method of election. It is also one of seven constituencies in the South Wales West electoral region, which elects four additional members, in addition to seven constituency members, to produce a degree of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

History[edit]

The constituency has elected a Labour AM since the assembly was created in 1999. However in 2007 and 2016 the party won narrow majorities. The AM from 1999 to 2016 Edwina Hart was Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science from 2011 to 2016.

The current MP for Gower in the House of Commons Byron Davies was the Conservative party candidate in 2007.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency was created for the first election to the Assembly, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of the Gower Westminster constituency. It is entirely within the preserved county of West Glamorgan.

The other six constituencies of the region are Aberavon, Bridgend, Neath, Ogmore, Swansea East and Swansea West.

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
1999 Edwina Hart Labour Party Edwina Hart.jpg
2016 Rebecca Evans Labour Party Rebecca Evans - National Assembly for Wales.jpg

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 2016: Gower
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Rebecca Evans 11,982 39.7 −8.4
Conservative Lyndon Jones 10,153 33.6 +3.7
UKIP Colin Beckett 3,300 10.9 +10.9
Plaid Cymru Harri Roberts 2,982 9.9 −2.3
Liberal Democrats Sheila Kingston-Jones 1,033 3.4 −6.5
Green Abi Cherry-Hamer 737 2.4 +2.4
Majority 1,829 6.1 -12.1
Turnout 49.8 +6.7
Labour hold Swing
Welsh Assembly Election 2011: Gower[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edwina Hart 12,866 48.1 +13.9
Conservative Caroline Jones 8,002 29.9 +0.1
Plaid Cymru Darren Price 3,249 12.1 −6.4
Liberal Democrats Peter May 2,656 9.9 −0.7
Majority 4,864 18.2
Turnout 26,773 43.1
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 2007: Gower
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edwina Hart 9,406 34.2 −9.4
Conservative Byron Davies 8,214 29.8 +10.2
Plaid Cymru Darren Price 5,106 18.5 +3.8
Liberal Democrats Nicholas J. Tregoning 2,924 10.6 −1.1
UKIP Alex R. Lewis 1,895 6.9 −3.4
Majority 1,192 4.3
Turnout 27,545 44.8 +5.6
Labour hold Swing
Welsh Assembly Election 2003: Gower
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edwina Hart 10,334 43.6 +8.2
Conservative Stephen R. James 4,646 19.6 +5.5
Plaid Cymru Sian M. Caiach 3,502 14.8 −9.2
Liberal Democrats Nicholas J. Tregoning 2,775 11.7 −0.1
UKIP Richard D. Lewis 2,444 10.3 N/A
Majority 5,688 24.0 +12.6
Turnout 24,143 39.9 −7.7
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 1999: Gower
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Edwina Hart 9,813 35.4 N/A
Plaid Cymru Dyfan Rhys Jones 6,653 24.0 N/A
Conservative Rev. Aled D. Jones 3,912 14.1 N/A
Liberal Democrats Howard W. Evans 3,260 11.8 N/A
Independent Richard D. Lewis 2,307 8.3 N/A
Independent Ioan M. Richard 1,755 6.3 N/A
Majority 3,160 11.4 N/A
Turnout 27,700 47.5 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

References[edit]

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