South Wales West (National Assembly for Wales electoral region)

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South Wales West
Welsh Assembly electoral region
South Wales West results 2016.png
Created
1999
Current representation
Labour 7 AMs
Conservative 1 AMs
Plaid Cymru 2 AM
Independent 1 AM
Constituencies
1. Aberavon
2. Bridgend
3. Gower
4. Neath
5. Ogmore
6. Swansea East
7. Swansea West
Preserved counties
Mid Glamorgan (part)
South Glamorgan (part)
West Glamorgan

South Wales West is an electoral region of the National Assembly for Wales, consisting of seven constituencies. The region elects 11 members, seven directly elected constituency members and four additional members. The electoral region was first used in 1999, when the 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 West Glamorgan, part of the preserved county of Mid Glamorgan and part of the preserved county of South Glamorgan. The rest of Mid Glamorgan is divided between the South Wales Central and South Wales East electoral regions. The rest of South Glamorgan is within the South Wales Central region.

Electoral region profile[edit]

The region is predominantly urban, taking in Wales' second largest city, Swansea, as well as working-class towns such as Neath and Port Talbot. However there are also rural regions, such as on the Gower peninsula. A higher proportion of the local populace are Welsh speakers than in the neighbouring region, South Wales Central.

Constituencies[edit]

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

Constituency[nb 1] Electorate Majority[nb 2] Assembly member Nearest opposition Preserved counties
Aberavon 49,891 6,402 (30.7%)   David Rees   Bethan Jenkins Entirely within West Glamorgan
Bridgend 62,185 5,623 (20.9%)   Carwyn Jones   George Jabbour Partly Mid Glamorgan, partly South Glamorgan
Gower 62,163 1,829 (6.1%)   Rebecca Evans   Lyndon Jones Entirely within West Glamorgan
Neath 55,859 2,923 (11.5%)   Jeremy Miles   Alun Lluwellyn Entirely within West Glamorgan
Ogmore 56,661 9,468 (40.5%)   Huw Irranca-Davies   Tim Thomas Partly Mid Glamorgan, partly South Glamorgan
Swansea East 58,521 7,452 (36.2%)   Mike Hedges   Clifford Johnson Entirely within West Glamorgan
Swansea West 56,892 5,080 (22.9%)   Julie James   Craig Lawton Entirely within West Glamorgan

Assembly members[edit]

Constituency AMs[edit]

Term Election Aberavon Bridgend Gower Neath Ogmore Swansea East Swansea West
1st 1999 Brian Gibbons
(Lab)
Carwyn Jones
(Lab)
Edwina Hart
(Lab)
Gwenda Thomas
(Lab)
Janice Gregory
(Lab)
Val Feld
(Lab)
Andrew Davies
(Lab)
2001 Val Lloyd
(Lab)
2nd 2003
3rd 2007
4th 2011 David Rees
(Lab)
Mike Hedges
(Lab)
Julie James
(Lab)
5th 2016 Rebecca Evans
(Lab)
Jeremy Miles
(Lab)
Huw Irranca-Davies
(Lab)

Regional list AMs[edit]

N.B. This table is for presentation purposes only

Term Election AM AM AM AM
1st 1999 Alun Cairns
(Con)
Dai Lloyd
(PC)
Janet Davies
(PC)
Peter Black
(LD)
2nd 2003
3rd 2007 Bethan Jenkins
(PC)
4th 2011 Suzy Davies
(Con)
Byron Davies
(Con)
2015[1] Altaf Hussain
(Con)
5th 2016 Dai Lloyd
(PC)
Caroline Jones
(UKIP)
later BREX
2019

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 66,903 (39.5%) 5 0 7 +2
Plaid Cymru 0 29,050 (17.2%) 2 2 2 0
Conservative 0 25,414 (15.0%) 2 1 1 -1
UKIP 0 23.096 (13.7%) 2 1 1 -1
Liberal Democrats 0 10,946 (6.5%) 0 0 0 0

Regional AMs elected 2016[edit]

Party Name
Plaid Cymru Bethan Jenkins
Plaid Cymru David Lloyd
Conservative Suzy Davies
UKIP Caroline Jones

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 71,766 (46.5%) 6 0 7 +1
Conservative 0 27,457 (17.8%) 2 2 2 0
Plaid Cymru 0 21,258 (13.8%) 2 1 1 −1
Liberal Democrats 0 10,683 (6.9%) 1 1 1 0
UKIP 0 6,619 (4.3%) 0 0 0 0
Socialist Labour 0 5,057 (3.3%) 0 0 0 0
BNP 0 4,714 (3.1%) 0 0 0 0
Green 0 3,952 (2.6%) 0 0 0 0
Welsh Christian 0 1,602 (1.0%) 0 0 0 0
TUSC 0 809 (0.5%) 0 0 0 0
Communist 0 464 (0.3%) 0 0 0 0

Regional AMs elected 2011[edit]

Party Name
Conservative Byron Davies
Conservative Suzy Davies
Liberal Democrats Peter Black
Plaid Cymru Bethan Jenkins

† Resigned as AM following his election to the UK House of Commons on 7 May 2015; replaced by Altaf Hussain from 19 May 2015.

2007 Welsh Assembly election additional members[2][edit]

Party Constituency Seats List Votes (vote %) D'Hondt Entitlement Additional Members Elected Total Members Elected Deviation from D'Hondt Entitlement
Labour 7 58,374 (35.8%) 6 0 7 +1
Plaid Cymru 0 28,819 (17.7%) 2 2 2 0
Conservative 0 26,119 (16.1%) 2 1 1 −1
Liberal Democrats 0 20,226 (12.4%) 1 1 1 0
BNP 0 8,993 (5.5%) 0 0 0 0
Green 0 6,130 (3.8%) 0 0 0 0
UKIP 0 5,914 (3.6%) 0 0 0 0
Socialist Labour 0 2,367 (1.5%) 0 0 0 0
Welsh Christian 0 1,685 (1.0%) 0 0 0 0
Independent 0 1,186 (0.7%) 0 0 0 0
Socialist Alternative 0 1,027 (0.6%) 0 0 0 0
Respect 0 713 (0.4%) 0 0 0 0
Ind. Conservative 0 582 (0.4%) 0 0 0 0
Communist 0 546 (0.3%) 0 0 0 0
Christian Peoples 0 393 (0.2%) 0 0 0 0

2003 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 7 58,066 (41.61%) 7 0 7 0
Plaid Cymru 0 24,799 (17.77%) 2 2 2 0
Conservative 0 20,981 (15.03%) 1 1 1 0
Liberal Democrats 0 17,746 (12.72%) 1 1 1 0
Green 0 6,696 (4.80%) 0 0 0 0
UKIP 0 6,113 (4.38%) 0 0 0 0
Socialist Labour 0 3,446 (2.47%) 0 0 0 0
Cymru Annibynnol 0 1,346 (0.96%) 0 0 0 0
ProLife Alliance 0 355 (0.25%) 0 0 0 0

1999 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 7 70,625 (41.79%) 5 0 7 +2
Plaid Cymru 0 50,757 (30.04%) 4 2 2 −2
Conservative 0 20,993 (12.42%) 1 1 1 0
Liberal Democrats 0 18,527 (10.96%) 1 1 1 0
Green 0 4,082 (2.42%) 0 0 0 0
People's Representative 0 2,074 (1.23%) 0 0 0 0
Socialist Alliance 0 1,257 (0.74%) 0 0 0 0
Natural Law 0 676 (0.40%) 0 0 0 0

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ BC denotes borough constituency, CC denotes county constituency.
  2. ^ The majority is the number of votes the winning candidate receives more than their nearest rival.
  1. ^ Following his election to the House of Commons, Byron Davies resigned as an AM in May 2015 and was replaced by Altaf Hussain.
  2. ^ BBC Election results
  3. ^ a b "Welsh National Assembly regional constituency: South Wales West [Archive]". www.politicsresources.net.