Neath (Assembly constituency)

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Not to be confused with Neath (UK Parliament constituency).
Neath
Welsh Assembly county constituency
Neath2007Constituency.svg
Neath shown as one of the 40
Welsh Assembly constituencies
Created: 1999
Electoral region: South Wales West
AM: Jeremy Miles
Party: Labour
Preserved county: West Glamorgan

Neath 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 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]

Since the creation of the assembly the constituency has returned a Labour AM, with varying majorities, from 7.7% to 26.8%. The current incumbent Jeremy Miles is one of the first openly gay elected Assembly Members.[1] Plaid Cymru are Labour's main opposition in the seat.

In the election in 2016 the constituency got the highest vote share from an Independent in Steve Hunt with 8.1% of the vote. Hunt was the only independent to save his deposit.

Boundaries[edit]

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

The other six constituencies of the region are Aberavon, Bridgend, Gower, 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]

Election Member Party Portrait
1999 Gwenda Thomas Labour Party Gwenda Thomas.jpg
2016 Jeremy Miles Labour Party Jeremy Miles AM (28170809995).jpg

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 2016: Neath[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jeremy Miles 9,468 37.3 −16.1
Plaid Cymru Alun Llywelyn 6,545 25.8 −0.8
UKIP Richard Pritchard 3,780 14.9 +14.9
Conservative Peter Crocker-Jaques 2,179 8.6 -3.1
Independent Steve Hunt 2,056 8.1 +8.1
Liberal Democrats Frank Little 746 2.9 −1.2
Green Lisa Rapado 589 2.3 +2.3
Majority 2,923 11.5 −15.3
Turnout 45.8 +4.7
Labour hold Swing +9.6
Welsh Assembly Election 2011: Neath
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gwenda Thomas 12,736 53.4 +10.0
Plaid Cymru Alun Llewellyn 6,346 26.6 −9.1
Conservative Alex Powell 2,780 11.7 −0.1
BNP Michael Green 1,004 4.2 N/A
Liberal Democrats Mathew McCarthy 983 4.1 −5.1
Majority 6,390 26.8 +19.1
Turnout 23849 41.1 −2.4
Labour hold Swing +9.6

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 2007: Neath[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gwenda Thomas 10,934 43.4 −7.6
Plaid Cymru Alun Llewellyn 8,990 35.7 +6.9
Conservative Andrew Sivertsen 2,956 11.7 +2.6
Liberal Democrats Mrs Sheila Ramsay-Waye 2,320 9.2 +0.0
Majority 1,944 7.7 -14.6
Turnout 25,200 43.5 +4.4
Labour hold Swing −7.3
Welsh Assembly Election 2003: Neath[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gwenda Thomas 11,332 51.1 +5.6
Plaid Cymru Alun Llewellyn 6,386 28.8 −7.0
Liberal Democrats Miss Helen C. Jones 2,048 9.2 −0.6
Conservative Chris B. Smart 2,011 9.1 +2.0
Socialist Alliance David Huw Pudner 410 1.9 +0.0
Majority 4,946 22.3 +12.6
Turnout 22,187 39.1 −8.9
Labour hold Swing +6.3

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

Welsh Assembly Election 1999: Neath[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gwenda Thomas 12,234 45.5 N/A
Plaid Cymru Trefor Jones 9,616 35.8 N/A
Liberal Democrats David R. Davies 2,631 9.8 N/A
Conservative Miss Jill F. Chambers 1,895 7.1 N/A
Socialist Alliance Nicholas Duncan 519 1.9 N/A
Majority 2,618 9.7 N/A
Turnout 26,895 48.0 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-36230898
  2. ^ "Neath - Welsh Assembly constituency - Election 2016 - BBC News". BBC News. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Election results - 2007, National Assembly for Wales
  4. ^ a b Neath, Political Science Resources

Coordinates: 51°43′14″N 3°46′11″W / 51.72056°N 3.76972°W / 51.72056; -3.76972