Llanelli (Assembly constituency)
|National Assembly for Wales county constituency|
|Current National Assembly for Wales county constituency|
Llanelli 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.
The constituency was created for the first election to the Assembly, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of the Llanelli Westminster constituency. It is a Dyfed constituency, one of five constituencies covering, and entirely within, the preserved county of Dyfed.
The other four Dyfed constituencies are Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Preseli Pembrokeshire. They are all within the Mid and West Wales electoral region.
The region consists 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.
Boundaries changed for the 2007 Assembly election. Llanelli 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 were, again, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Preseli Pembrokeshire, all within the Mid and West Wales electoral region.
The region consisted 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 became effective for the 2010 United Kingdom general election.
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.
It is a marginal seat between Plaid and the Labour Party and has never been held by the same party for more than one term with Plaid and Labour alternating. Although this changed in 2016 when Labour held the seat for a second term.
Members of the National Assembly for Wales
|1999||Helen Mary Jones||Plaid Cymru|
|2007||Helen Mary Jones||Plaid Cymru|
Elections in the 2010s
|Plaid Cymru||Helen Mary Jones||9,885||35.2||-4.3|
|UKIP||Kenneth Denver Rees||4,132||14.7||+14.7|
|Putting Llanelli First||Siân Caiach||1,113||4.0||-3.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Gemma Jane Bowker||355||1.3||-0.8|
|Plaid Cymru||Helen Mary Jones||10,279||39.4||−10.7|
|Putting Llanelli First||Siân Caiach||2,004||7.7||+7.7|
|Liberal Democrats||Cheryl Philpott||548||2.1||−1.7|
|Labour gain from Plaid Cymru||Swing||+7.2|
Elections in the 2000s
|Plaid Cymru||Helen Mary Jones||13,839||50.1||+7.4|
|Conservative||Andrew D. Morgan||2,757||10.0||+2.6|
|Liberal Democrats||Jeremy N. Townsend||1,051||3.8||−3.3|
|Plaid Cymru gain from Labour||Swing||+7.1|
|Plaid Cymru||Helen Mary Jones||9,895||42.8||+0.5|
|Conservative||Gareth J. Jones||1,712||7.4||+4.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Ken D. Rees||1,644||6.1||−3.2|
|Labour gain from Plaid Cymru||Swing||+1.3|
Elections in the 1990s
|Plaid Cymru||Helen Mary Jones||11,973||42.1||N/A|
|Labour Co-op||Ann Garrard||11,285||39.7||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Tim R. Dumper||2,920||10.3||N/A|
|Independent||Anthony G. Popham||345||1.3||N/A|
|Plaid Cymru win (new seat)|
- "Wales elections > Llanelli". BBC News. 6 May 2011.