Islwyn (Assembly constituency)

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

Coordinates: 51°39′11″N 3°11′24″W / 51.653°N 3.190°W / 51.653; -3.190

Welsh Assembly county constituency
Islwyn shown as one of the 40
Welsh Assembly constituencies
Created: 1999
Electoral region: South Wales East
AM: Gwyn Price
Party: Labour

Islwyn 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 South Wales East 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.


The constituency was created for the first election to the Assembly, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of the Islwyn Westminster constituency.

The other seven constituencies of the South Wales East electoral region are Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, Monmouth, Newport East, Newport West and Torfaen.


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.

Members of the National Assembly for Wales[edit]

Election Member Party
1999 Brian Hancock Plaid Cymru
2003 Irene James Labour
2011 Gwyn R Price Labour


Elections in the 2010s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 2016: Islwyn[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Green Katy Beddoe
Labour Rhiannon Passmore
Welsh Assembly Election 2011: Islwyn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gwyn R Price 12,116 57.9 +20.2
Plaid Cymru Steffan Lewis 4,527 21.7 +0.1
Conservative David Chipp 2,497 11.9 +4.3
BNP Peter Whalley 1,115 5.3 N/A
Liberal Democrats Tom Sullivan 653 3.1 −1.7
Majority 7,589 36.3
Turnout 20,908 38.3 −4.7
Labour hold Swing +10.1

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 2007: Islwyn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Irene James 8,883 37.7 −18.2
Independent Kevin Etheridge 6,665 28.3 N/A
Plaid Cymru Alan Pritchard 5,084 21.6 +2.7
Conservative Paul Williams 1,797 7.6 −1.5
Liberal Democrats Mark Maguire 1,135 4.8 −1.3
Majority 2,218 9.4
Turnout 23,564 43.0 +3.6
Labour hold Swing +23.3
Welsh Assembly Election 2003: Islwyn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Irene James 11,246 55.2 +16.1
Plaid Cymru Brian Hancock 3,926 19.3 −22.7
Tinker Against the Assembly Paul Taylor 2,201 10.8 N/A
Conservative Terri-Anne Matthews 1,848 9.1 +2.1
Liberal Democrats Huw Price 1,268 6.2 −3.6
Majority 7,320 35.7
Turnout 20,489 39.6 −7.7
Labour gain from Plaid Cymru Swing +19.4

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 1999: Islwyn
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Plaid Cymru Brian Hancock 10,042 42.0 N/A
Labour Shane Williams 9,438 39.4 N/A
Liberal Democrats Mrs. Caroline J. Bennett 2,351 9.8 N/A
Conservative Chris Stevens 1,621 6.8 N/A
Socialist Alliance Ian Thomas 475 2.0 N/A
Majority 604 2.5 N/A
Turnout 23,927 47.3 N/A
Plaid Cymru win (new seat)


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