South Wales East (National Assembly for Wales electoral region)

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South Wales East
Welsh Assembly electoral region
South Wales East results 2016.png
Created
1999
Current representation
Labour 7 AMs
Conservative 3 AMs
UKIP 1 AM
Plaid Cymru 1 AM
Constituencies
1. Blaenau Gwent
2. Caerphilly
3. Islwyn
4. Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
5. Monmouth
6. Newport East
7. Newport West
8. Torfaen
Preserved counties
Gwent
Mid Glamorgan (part)

South Wales East is an electoral region of the National Assembly for Wales, consisting of eight constituencies. The region elects 12 members, eight directly elected constituency members and four additional members. The electoral region was first used in 1999, when the National Assembly for Wales was created.

Each constituency elects one Assembly Member by the first past the post electoral system, and the region as a whole elects four additional or top-up Assembly Members, to create a degree of proportional representation. The additional member seats are allocated from closed lists by the d'Hondt method, with constituency results being taken into account in the allocation.

County boundaries[edit]

The region covers the whole of the preserved county of Gwent and part of the preserved county of Mid Glamorgan. The rest of Mid Glamorgan is mostly within the South Wales Central electoral region and partly within the South Wales West region.

Electoral region profile[edit]

The region is one of contrasts; it includes the city of Newport, along with the town of Caerphilly. It also takes in the working-class former mining town of Merthyr Tydfil, one of the most deprived towns in the UK, but also rural Monmouthshire, one of the most affluent parts of Wales.

Constituencies[edit]

The eight constituencies have the names and boundaries of constituencies of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (Westminster):

Constituency 2016 Result Preserved counties
Blaenau Gwent Alun Davies
Labour
Entirely within Gwent
Caerphilly Hefin David
Labour
Entirely within Gwent
Islwyn Rhianon Passmore
Labour
Entirely within Gwent
Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney Dawn Bowden
Welsh Labour
Partly Gwent
partly Mid Glamorgan
Monmouth Nick Ramsay
Conservative
Entirely within Gwent
Newport East John Griffiths
Labour & Co-operative
Entirely within Gwent
Newport West Jayne Bryant
Labour
Entirely within Gwent
Torfaen Lynne Neagle
Labour
Entirely within Gwent

Assembly members[edit]

Constituency AMs[edit]

Term Election Blaenau Gwent Caerphilly Islwyn Merthyr Tydfil
and Rhymney
Monmouth Newport East Newport West Torfaen
1st 1999 Peter Law
(Lab)
(later Ind)
Ron Davies
(Lab)
Brian Hancock
(PC)
Huw Lewis
(Lab)
David T C Davies
(Con)
John Griffiths
(Lab)
Rosemary Butler
(Lab)
Lynne Neagle
(Lab)
2nd 2003 Jeffrey Cuthbert
(Lab)
Irene James
(Lab)
2005[1]
2006 Trish Law
(PV)
3rd 2007 Nick Ramsay
(Con)
4th 2011 Alun Davies
(Lab)
Gwyn Price
(Lab)
5th 2016 Hefin David
(Lab)
Rhianon Passmore
(Lab)
Dawn Bowden
(Lab)
Jayne Bryant
(Lab)

Regional list AMs[edit]

N.B. This table is for presentation purposes only

Term Election AM AM AM AM
1st 1999 Phil Williams
(PC)
Jocelyn Davies
(PC)
William Graham
(Con)
Mike German
(LD)

Replaced by
Veronica German
in 2010

2nd 2003 Laura Anne Jones
(Con)
3rd 2007 Mohammad Asghar
(PC)
(later Con)
2009
4th 2011 Lindsay Whittle
(PC)
5th 2016 Mark Reckless
(UKIP)
(later Con)
David Rowlands
(UKIP)
Steffan Lewis
(PC)
2017[2]

2016 Welsh Assembly election additional members[edit]

Party Constituency Seats List Votes (vote %) D'Hondt Entitlement Additional Members Elected Total Members Elected Deviation from D'Hondt Entitlement
Labour 7 74,424 (38.3%) 6 0 7 +1
UKIP 0 34,524 (17.8%) 2 2 2 0
Conservative 1 33,318 (17.2%) 2 1 2 0
Plaid Cymru 0 29,626 (15.3%) 2 1 1 -1
Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party 0 7,870 (4.1%) 0 0 0 0
Liberal Democrats 0 6,784 (3.5%) 0 0 0 0
Green 0 4,831 (2.5%) 0 0 0 0
Monster Raving Loony 0 1,115 (0.6%) 0 0 0 0
TUSC 0 618 (0.3%) 0 0 0 0
Communist 0 492 (0.2%) 0 0 0 0
National Front 0 429 (0.2%) 0 0 0 0

Regional AMs elected 2016[edit]

Party Name
UKIP Mark Reckless
UKIP David Rowlands
Conservative Oscar Asghar
Plaid Cymru Steffan Lewis

2011 Welsh Assembly election additional members[edit]

Party Constituency Seats List Votes (vote %) D'Hondt Entitlement Additional Members Elected Total Members Elected Deviation from D'Hondt Entitlement
Labour 7 82,699 (45.7%) 7 0 7 0
Conservative 1 35,459 (19.6%) 3 2 3 0
Plaid Cymru 0 21,851 (12.1%) 2 2 2 0
Liberal Democrats 0 10,798 (6.0%) 0 0 0 0
UKIP 0 9,526 (5.3%) 0 0 0 0
BNP 0 6,485 (3.6%) 0 0 0 0
Green 0 4,857 (2.7%) 0 0 0 0
Socialist Labour 0 4,427 (2.4%) 0 0 0 0
Welsh Christian 0 2,441 (1.3%) 0 0 0 0
English Democrat 0 1,904 (1.1%) 0 0 0 0
Communist 0 578 (0.3%) 0 0 0 0

Regional AMs elected 2011[edit]

Party Name
Conservative Mohammad Asghar
Conservative William Graham
Plaid Cymru Jocelyn Davies
Plaid Cymru Lindsay Whittle

2007 Welsh Assembly election additional members [3][edit]

Party Constituency Seats List Votes (vote %) D'Hondt Entitlement Additional Members Elected Total Members Elected Deviation from D'Hondt Entitlement
Labour 6 67,998 (35.8%) 6 0 6 0
Conservative 1 37,935 (20.0%) 3 1 2 −1
Plaid Cymru 0 25,915 (13.6%) 2 2 2 0
Liberal Democrats 0 20,947 (11.0%) 1 1 1 0
BNP 0 8,940 (4.7%) 0 0 0 0
Green 0 5,414 (2.8%) 0 0 0 0
UKIP 0 8,725 (4.6%) 0 0 0 0
Independent 1 4,876 (2.6%) 0 0 1 +1
Socialist Labour 0 3,694 (1.9%) 0 0 0 0
Welsh Christian 0 2,498 (1.3%) 0 0 0 0
English Democrat 0 1,655 (0.9%) 0 0 0 0
Communist 0 979 (0.5%) 0 0 0 0
Christian Peoples 0 489 (0.3%) 0 0 0 0

On 8 December 2009, Plaid Cymru list member for South Wales East defected to the Conservative Party, giving Plaid one AM, and the Conservatives two.[4]

2003 Welsh Assembly additional members [5][edit]

Party Constituency Seats List Votes (vote %) D'Hondt Entitlement Additional Members Elected Total Members Elected Deviation from D'Hondt Entitlement
Labour 7 76,522 (45.08%) 7 0 7 0
Conservative 1 34,231 (20.17%) 3 2 3 0
Plaid Cymru 0 21,384 (12.60%) 1 1 1 0
Liberal Democrats 0 17,661 (10.41%) 1 1 1 0
UKIP 0 5,949 (3.50%) 0 0 0 0
Green 0 5,291 (3.12%) 0 0 0 0
Socialist Labour 0 3,695 (2.18%) 0 0 0 0
BNP 0 3,210 (1.89%) 0 0 0 0
Cymru Annibynnol 0 1,226 (0.72%) 0 0 0 0
ProLife Alliance 0 562 (0.33%) 0 0 0 0

1999 Welsh Assembly additional members [6][edit]

Party Constituency Seats List Votes (vote %) D'Hondt Entitlement Additional Members Elected Total Members Elected Deviation from D'Hondt Entitlement
Labour 6 83,953 (41.45%) 6 0 6 0
Plaid Cymru 1 49,139 (24.26%) 3 2 3 0
Conservative 1 33,947 (16.76%) 2 1 2 0
Liberal Democrats 0 24,757 (12.22%) 1 1 1 0
Socialist Labour 0 4,879 (2.41%) 0 0 0 0
Green 0 4,055 (2.00%) 0 0 0 0
Socialist Alliance 0 903 (0.45%) 0 0 0 0
Natural Law 0 898 (0.44%) 0 0 0 0

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In 2005 Peter Law left the Labour Party in a row over candidate selection in Blaenau Gwent for that year's UK general election.
  2. ^ In 2017 Mark Reckless left UKIP and was admitted to the Conservative group in the Welsh Assembly, though not to the Conservative Party itself. For purposes of Assembly business, he is treated as a Conservative AM.
  3. ^ BBC Election results
  4. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/wales_politics/8401427.stm
  5. ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/ass/constit/wr4.htm
  6. ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/ass/constit/wr4.htm