Wales (European Parliament constituency)

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Wales
European Parliament constituency
Map of the European Parliament constituencies with Wales highlighted in red
Location among the current constituencies
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Shown in the United Kingdom
Member stateUnited Kingdom
Created1999
MEPs5 (1999–2004)
4 (2004–present)
Sources
[1][2]
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Wales (Welsh: Cymru [ˈkəmri] (About this soundlisten)) is a constituency of the European Parliament. It currently elects 4 MEPs using the D'Hondt method of party-list proportional representation.[1]

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency corresponds to the boundaries of Wales, one of the four countries of the United Kingdom.[2][3]

History[edit]

It was formed as a result of the European Parliamentary Elections Act 1999, replacing a number of single-member constituencies. These were Mid and West Wales, North Wales, South Wales Central, South Wales East, and South Wales West.

MEPs for former Welsh constituencies, 1979–1999[4]
Election 1979–1984 1984–1989 1989–1994 1994–1999
North Wales Beata Brookes
Conservative
Joe Wilson
Labour
Mid and West Wales Ann Clwyd
Labour
David Morris
Labour
Eluned Morgan
Labour
South East Wales (1979–1984)
South Wales East (1984–1999)
Allan Rogers
Labour
Llew Smith
Labour
Glenys Kinnock
Labour
South Wales Win Griffiths
Labour
Wayne David
Labour
Constituency abolished
South Wales Central Constituency not established Wayne David
Labour
South Wales West Constituency not established David Morris
Labour

Returned members[edit]

MEPs for Wales, 1999 onwards
Election 1999 (5th parliament) 2004 (6th parliament) 2009 (7th parliament) 2014 (8th parliament) 2019 (9th parliament)
MEP
Party
Jonathan Evans
Conservative
Kay Swinburne
Conservative
James Wells
Brexit Party
MEP
Party
Eluned Morgan
Labour
John Bufton
UKIP
Nathan Gill
UKIP (until 2018)
Independent (2018–2019)
Brexit Party (from 2019)
MEP
Party
Glenys Kinnock
Labour
Derek Vaughan
Labour
Jackie Jones
Labour
MEP
Party
Jill Evans
Plaid Cymru
MEP
Party
Eurig Wyn
Plaid Cymru
Seat abolished
Party Faction in European Parliament
Brexit Party 29 Non-Inscrits 57
DUP 1
Liberal Democrats 16 17   Renew Europe 108
Alliance 1
Green 7 11 Greens–European Free Alliance 75
SNP 3
Plaid Cymru 1
Labour 10   Socialists and Democrats 154
Conservative 4 European Conservatives and Reformists 62
Sinn Féin 1   European United Left–Nordic Green Left 41
Total 73 Total 750

Election results[edit]

Elected candidates are shown in bold. Brackets indicate the number of votes per seat won.

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

2019[edit]

Map showing highest polling party by counting area in the 2019 European Parliament election;
European Election 2019: Wales[6][7]
List Candidates Votes % ±
Brexit Party Nathan Gill (1)
James Wells (3)
Gethin James, Julie Price
271,404
(135,702)
32.46 Increase32.46
Plaid Cymru Jill Evans (2)
Carmen Smith, Patrick McGuinness, Ioan Bellin
163,928 19.60 Increase4.34
Labour Jacqueline Jones (4)
Matthew Dorrance, Mary Wimbury, Mark Whitcott
127,833 15.29 Decrease12.86
Liberal Democrats Sam Bennett, Donna Lalek, Alistair Cameron, Andrew Parkhurst 113,885 13.62 Increase9.67
Conservative Daniel Boucher, Craig Lawton, Fay Jones, Tomos Davies 54,587 6.53 Decrease10.90
Green Anthony Slaughter, Ian Chandler, Ceri Davies, Duncan Rees 52,660 6.30 Increase1.76
UKIP Kristian Hicks, Keith Edwards, Thomas Harrison, Robert McNeil-Wilson 27,566 3.30 Decrease24.26
Change UK Jon Owen Jones, June Davies, Matthew Paul, Sally Anne Stephenson 24,332 2.91 Increase2.91
Turnout 836,195 37.1 Increase5.6
2019 opinion polls[edit]
Date(s) Polling organisation/client Sample Lab UKIP Con Plaid Green Lib Dems Brexit Change UK Others Lead
16–20 May 2019 YouGov/ITV 1,009 15% 2% 7% 19% 8% 10% 36% 2% 0% 17%
10–15 May 2019 YouGov/Plaid Cymru 1,133 18% 3% 7% 16% 8% 10% 33% 4% 0% 15%
2–5 April 2019 YouGov/ITV 1,025 30% 11% 16% 15% 5% 6% 10% 8% 1% 14%
22 May 2014 2014 EU election results 733,060 28.2% 27.6% 17.4% 15.3% 4.5% 4.0% N/A N/A 3.2% 0.6%

2014[edit]

Map outlining the highest polling party by unitary area in Wales for the 2014 election;
  Labour
  UKIP
European Election 2014: Wales
List Candidates Votes % ±
Labour Derek Vaughan
Jayne Bryant, Alex Thomas, Christina Rees[9][10]
206,332 28.15 Increase 7.9
UKIP Nathan Gill
James Cole, Caroline Jones, David Rowlands[10][11]
201,983 27.55 Increase 14.8
Conservative Kay Swinburne
Aled Davies, Dan Boucher, Richard Hopkin[10][12]
127,742 17.43 Decrease 3.8
Plaid Cymru Jill Evans
Marc Jones, Stephen Cornelius, Ioan Bellin[10][13][14]
111,864 15.26 Decrease 3.3
Green Pippa Bartolotti, John Matthews, Chris Were, Rosemary Cutler[10][15][16] 33,275 4.54 Decrease 1.0
Liberal Democrats Alec Dauncey, Robert Speht, Jackie Radford, Bruce Roberts[10] 28,930 3.95 Decrease 6.7
BNP Mike Whitby, Laurence Reid, Jean Griffin, Gary Tumulty[10] 7,655 1.04 Decrease 4.4
Britain First Paul Golding, Anthony Golding, Christine Smith, Anne Elstone[10] 6,633 0.9 Steady
Socialist Labour Andrew Jordan, Katherine Jones, David Lloyd Jones, Liz Screen[10] 4,459 0.61 −1.2
NO2EU Robert Griffiths, Claire Job, Steve Skelly, Laura Picand[10] 2,803 0.38 Decrease 0.9
Socialist (GB) Brian Johnson, Richard Cheney, Ed Blewitt, Howard Moss[10][17] 1,384 0.19 Steady
Turnout 733,060 31.5 Increase 1.1
2014 opinion polls[edit]
Date(s) Polling organisation/client Sample Con Lab Plaid UKIP Lib Dems Others Lead
22 May 2014 EU election, 2014 (Wales) Results 733,060 17.4% 28.2% 15.3% 27.6% 4.0% 7.7% 0.6%
12–14 May 2014 YouGov/ITV 1,092 16% 33% 15% 23% 7% 7% 10%
11–22 Apr 2014 YouGov/Cardiff University 1,027 18% 39% 11% 20% 7% 6% 19%
10–12 Feb 2014 YouGov/ITV 1,250 17% 39% 12% 18% 7% 7% 21%
2–4 Dec 2013 YouGov/ITV 1,001 20% 41% 13% 13% 8% 5% 21%
4 Jun 2009 EU election, 2009 (Wales) Results 684,520 21.2% 20.3% 18.5% 12.8% 10.7% 16.6% 0.9%

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

European Election 2009: Wales[18][19]
List Candidates Votes % ±
Conservative Kay Swinburne
Evan Price, Emma Greenow, David Chipp
145,193 21.2 Increase 1.8
Labour Derek Vaughan
Lisa Stevens, Rachel Maycock, Leighton Veale
138,852 20.3 Decrease 12.2
Plaid Cymru Jill Evans
Eurig Wyn, Ioan Bellin, Natasha Asghar
126,702 18.5 Increase 1.1
UKIP John Bufton
David Bevan, Kevin Mahoney, David Rowlands
87,585 12.8 Increase 2.3
Liberal Democrats Alan Butt Phillip, Kevin O'Connor, Nick Tregoning, Jackie Radford 73,082 10.7 Increase 0.2
Green Jake Griffiths, Kay Roney, Ann Were, John Matthews 38,160 5.6 Increase 2.0
BNP Ennys Hughes, Laurence Read, Clive Bennett, Kevin Edwards 37,114 5.4 Increase 2.5
Christian Jeffrey Green, David Griffiths, Alun Owen, John Harrold 13,037 1.9 N/A
Socialist Labour Robert English, Richard Booth, Liz Screen, Judith Sambrook 12,402 1.8 N/A
NO2EU Robert Griffiths, Rob Williams, Laura Picand, Trevor Jones 8,600 1.3 N/A
Jury Team Paul Sabanskis, James Eustace, Neil Morgan, Steven Partridge 3,793 0.6 N/A
Turnout 684,520 30.4 Decrease 11.0
European Election 2004: Wales[20]
List Candidates Votes % ±
Labour Glenys Kinnock, Eluned Morgan
Gareth Williams, Gwennan Jeremiah
297,810
(148,905)
32.5 Increase 0.6
Conservative Jonathan Evans
Owen Williams, Felicity Elphick, Albert Fox
177,771 19.4 Decrease 3.3
Plaid Cymru Jill Evans
Jon Blackwood, Eilian Williams, Gwenllian Lansdown
159,888 17.4 Decrease 12.2
UKIP David Rowlands, Clive Easton, Elizabeth Phillips, Timothy Jenkins 96,677 10.5 Increase 7.4
Liberal Democrats David John Williams, Alison Goldsworthy, Nicholas Tregoning, Nilmini Priyanga de Silva 96,116 10.5 Increase 2.3
Green Martyn Shrewsbury, Molly Scott Cato, David Bradney, Dorienne Robinson 32,761 3.6 Increase 1.0
BNP John Walker, Pauline Gregory, James Roberts, Mark Stringfellow[21] 27,135 3.0 N/A
Forward Wales Ron Davies, Wendy Paintsil, Janet Williams, Graham Jones 17,280 1.9 N/A
Christian Democratic Party Catherine Smith, Christine West, Joseph Biddulph, Robert Evans 6,821 0.7 N/A
Respect Helen Griffin, Huw Williams, Raja Gul Raiz, Taran O'Sullivan 5,427 0.6 N/A
Turnout 917,686 41.4 Increase 12.4

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

European Election 1999: Wales[22]
List Candidates Votes % ±
Labour Glenys Kinnock, Eluned Morgan
Joe Wilson, Gareth Williams, Jane Hutt
199,690
(99,845)
31.9 N/A
Plaid Cymru Jill Evans, Eurig Wyn
Marc Phillips, Susanna Perkins, Owain Llywelyn
185,235
(92,617.5)
29.6 N/A
Conservative Jonathan Evans
Chris Butler, Owen John Williams, Robert Buckland, Edmund Hayward
142,631 22.8 N/A
Liberal Democrats Roger Roberts, Peter Price, Alistair Cameron, Juliana Hughes, John Dixon 51,283 8.2 N/A
UKIP Dai Rees, Niall Warry, Idris Richard Francis, Alan Barham, David Lloyd 19,702 3.1 N/A
Green Molly Scott Cato, Klaus Armstrong-Braun, Sue Walker, Rachel Kalela, John Matthews 16,146 2.6 N/A
Pro-Euro Conservative William Powell, Jennifer Harris, Antonio Fernandes-Vidal, Alan Morris, Christopher Hodgkinson 5,834 0.9 N/A
Socialist Labour Elizabeth Screen, Darren Hickery, Stephen Bell, Miriam Bowen, George Tafarides 4,283 0.7 N/A
Natural Law David Hughes, Brian Francis, Helen Evans, Andrea Jarman, John Ashforth 1,621 0.3 N/A
Turnout 626,425 29.0 N/A

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