Montgomeryshire (Assembly constituency)

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Montgomeryshire
National Assembly for Wales county constituency
Montgomeryshire (Assembly constituency).svg
Mid and West Wales (National Assembly for Wales electoral region).svg
Montgomeryshire shown within the Mid and West Wales electoral region and the region shown within Wales
Current National Assembly for Wales county constituency
Created 1999
Party Conservative
AM Russell George
Preserved county Powys

Montgomeryshire 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.

Boundaries[edit]

1999 to 2007[edit]

The constituency was created for the first election to the Assembly, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of the Montgomeryshire Westminster constituency. It is entirely within the preserved county of Powys, and one of three Powys constituencies. Also, it is one of eight constituencies in the Mid and West Wales electoral region.

The other Powys constituencies are Brecon and Radnorshire and Clwyd South. Brecon and Radnorshire is also entirely within the preserved county of Powys, and within the Mid and West Wales region. Clwyd South is partly, and mostly, a Clwyd constituency, and within the North 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.

From 2007[edit]

Constituency and regional boundaries changed for the 2007 Assembly election. Montgomeryshire remained a Powys constituency, however, and one of eight constituencies in the Mid and West Wales electoral region.

Montgomeryshire is one of two constituencies covering Powys, both entirely within the preserved county, and both within the Mid and West Wales region. The other Powys constituency is Brecon and Radnorshire.

The Mid and West Wales region consists 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.

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 Mick Bates Liberal Democrat
2010 Independent
2011 Russell George Conservative Russell George.jpg

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 2016: Montgomeryshire[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Russell George 9,875 41.8 -1.9
Liberal Democrats Jane Dodds 6,536 27.7 -5.9
UKIP Des Parkinson 2,458 10.4 +10.4
Plaid Cymru Aled Morgan Hughes 2,410 10.2 -1.1
Labour Martyn Singelton 1,389 5.9 -5.5
Green Richard Chaloner 932 3.9 +3.9
Majority 3,339 14.1 +4.0
Turnout 23,600 48.5 +1.3
Welsh Assembly Election 2011: Montgomeryshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Russell George 10,026 43.7 +13.6
Liberal Democrats Wyn Williams 7,702 33.6 −5.4
Labour Nick Colbourne 2,609 11.4 +4.5
Plaid Cymru David Senior 2,596 11.3 −2.5
Majority 2,324 10.1
Turnout 22,933 47.2 +0.3
Conservative gain from Liberal Democrats Swing +9.5

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 2007: Montgomeryshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Mick Bates 8,704 39.0 −0.7
Conservative Dan Munford 6,725 30.2 +1.6
Plaid Cymru David James Thomas 3,076 13.8 +2.5
UKIP Charles Bruce Lawson 2,251 10.1 +7.7
Labour Rachel Elizabeth Maycock 1,544 6.9 −4.1
Majority 1,979 8.9 −5.4
Turnout 22,300 46.1 +3.5
Liberal Democrats hold Swing −1.3
Welsh Assembly Election 2003: Montgomeryshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Mick Bates 7,869 40.4 −8.0
Conservative Glyn Davies 5,572 28.6 +5.9
Labour Mrs. Rina J. Clarke 2,039 10.5 −1.8
Plaid Cymru David H. Senior 1,918 9.8 −6.8
UKIP David W.L. Rowlands 1,107 5.7 N/A
Independent Robert H. Mills 985 5.1 N/A
Majority 2,297 11.8 -12.9
Turnout 19,490 42.7 −6.7
Liberal Democrats hold Swing −7.0

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 1999: Montgomeryshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Mick Bates 10,374 48.4 N/A
Conservative Glyn Davies 4,870 22.7 N/A
Plaid Cymru David H. Senior 3,554 16.6 N/A
Labour Chris S. Hewitt 2,638 12.3 N/A
Majority 5,504 25.7 N/A
Turnout 21,436 49.4 N/A
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)

References[edit]

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

Coordinates: 52°37′50″N 3°26′37″W / 52.63056°N 3.44361°W / 52.63056; -3.44361