Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney (Assembly constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°45′04″N 3°18′40″W / 51.751°N 3.311°W / 51.751; -3.311

Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Welsh Assembly county constituency
MerthyrTydfilRhymney2007Constituency.svg
Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney as one of the 40
Welsh Assembly constituencies
Created: 1999
Electoral region: South Wales East
AM: Dawn Bowden
Party: Welsh Labour

Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney 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.

Boundaries[edit]

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

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

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 Huw Lewis Labour Co-op Huw Lewis.jpg
2016 Dawn Bowden Labour Dawn Bowden AM (28066510182).jpg

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 2016: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney[1]
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 18.0 +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 25.5 -11.0
Turnout 20,683 38.5
Labour hold Swing -13.9
Welsh Assembly Election 2011: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Huw Lewis 10,483 54.3 +17.2
Independent Tony Rogers 3,432 17.8 N/A
Liberal Democrats Amy Kitcher 2,480 12.8 −2.4
Plaid Cymru Noel Turner 1,701 8.8 −3.2
Conservative Chris O'Brien 1,224 6.3 +0.9
Majority 7,051 36.5 +14.7
Turnout 19,320 35.3 −3.6
Labour Co-op hold Swing

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 2007: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Huw Lewis 7,776 37.0 −23.5
Liberal Democrats Amy Kitcher 3,195 15.2 +8.0
Independent Clive Tovey 2,622 12.5 N/A
Plaid Cymru Glyndwr Jones 2,519 12.0 −4.2
Independent Jeff Edwards 1,915 9.1 N/A
Conservative Giles Howard 1,151 5.5 −2.9
Independent Jock Greer 844 4.0 N/A
Independent Vivienne Elliott-Hadley 809 3.8 N/A
Independent Richard D.M. Williams 162 0.8 N/A
Majority 4,518 21.8 −22.5
Turnout 20,993 38.9 +6.1
Labour Co-op hold Swing −15.8
Welsh Assembly Election 2003: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Huw Lewis 11,148 60.5 +16.6
Plaid Cymru Alun G. Cox 2,988 16.2 −10.9
Conservative John L. Prosser 1,539 8.4 +3.4
Independent Neil Greer 1,423 7.7 N/A
Liberal Democrats John A. Ault 1,324 7.2 +0.5
Majority 8,160 44.3 +27.5
Turnout 18,422 32.8 −12.1
Labour Co-op hold Swing +13.8

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 1999: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Huw Lewis 11,024 43.9 N/A
Plaid Cymru Alun G. Cox 6,810 27.1 N/A
Independent Tony Rogers 3,746 14.9 N/A
Liberal Democrats Elwyn Jones 1,682 6.7 N/A
Conservative Mrs. Carole M. Hyde 1,246 5.0 N/A
Socialist Alliance Michael Jenkins 580 2.3 N/A
Majority 4,214 16.8 N/A
Turnout 25,088 44.9 N/A
Labour Co-op win (new seat)

References[edit]

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