National Assembly for Wales election, 2003

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National Assembly for Wales election, 2003
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All 60 seats to the National Assembly for Wales
31 seats needed for a majority
Turnout 38.2% Decrease 7.8%
  First party Second party
  Rhodri Morgan.jpg Ieuan Wyn Jones 2011.jpg
Leader Rhodri Morgan Ieuan Wyn Jones
Party Labour Plaid Cymru
Leader's seat Cardiff West Ynys Môn
Last election 28 seats 17 seats
Seats won 30 12
Seat change Increase2 Decrease5
Popular vote 340,535 180,185
Percentage 40.0% 21.2%

  Third party Fourth party
  Nb1Col.jpg Michael German.jpg
Leader Nick Bourne Michael German
Party Conservative Liberal Democrats
Leader's seat Mid and West Wales South Wales East
Last election 9 seats 6 seats
Seats won 11 6
Seat change Increase2 Steady0
Popular vote 169,894 120,250
Percentage 19.9% 14.1%

Welsh Election Map 2003.svg
The left side shows constituency winners of the election by their party colours. The right side shows regional winners of the election for the additional members by their party colours.

First Minister before election

Rhodri Morgan

Elected First Minister

Rhodri Morgan

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The National Assembly for Wales election, 2003 was the second general election to the National Assembly for Wales. It was held on 1 May 2003.The election was characterised by a resurgence for the Labour Party, whilst Plaid Cymru saw a reduction in support and the number of Assembly Members they returned. Having won thirty seats Labour chose to govern without a coalition partner.[1]

This election also saw the returning of John Marek as an independent member of the Assembly.

For lists of constituencies and regions, see National Assembly for Wales constituencies and electoral regions.

Party leaders in 2003[edit]

National vote[edit]

  • Overall turnout - 38.2%

First-Past-the-Post results[edit]

Welsh Assembly election, 2003
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 30 4 1 +3 75 40.0 340,535 +2.44
  Plaid Cymru 5 0 4 -4 12.5 21.2 180,185 -7.22
  Conservative 1 0 0 0 2.5 19.9 169,842 +4.08
  Liberal Democrats 3 0 0 0 7.5 14.1 120,250 +0.68
  UKIP 0 0 0 0 0 2.3 19,795
  John Marek Independent Party 1 1 0 +1 0 1.0 8,749
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0 0.5 5,101
  Tinker Against the Assembly 0 0 0 0 0 0.3 2,201
  Socialist Alliance 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 1,554
  Socialist Alternative 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 1,193
  Caerphilly Constituency Independents 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 930
  Socialist Labour 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 410
  Captain Beany 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 289
  ProLife Alliance 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 239
  Annibynnol Cymru 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 114

Swing from Plaid Cymru to Labour of 4.83%

  • Total votes cast - 851,387

Additional Member System results[edit]

Results map of the 2003 National Assembly election (regional list results).
Party Votes Seats Loss/Gain Share of Vote (%)
Labour 310,658 0 -1 36.6
Plaid Cymru 167,653 7 -1 19.7
Conservative 162,725 10 +2 19.2
Liberal Democrats 108,013 3 0 12.7
Green 30,028 0 0 3.5
UKIP 29,427 0 0 3.5
John Marek 11,008 0 0 1.3
Socialist Labour 10,358 0 0 1.2
Cymru Annibynnol 6,466 0 0
Mid and West Wales Pensioners 3,968 0 0
BNP 3,210 0 0
ProLife Alliance 2,183 0 0
Vote 2 Stop The War 1,729 0 0
Communist 1,099 0 0
New Millennium Bean Party 1,027 0 0
  • Total votes cast - 849,552

Assembly Members returned[edit]

Party Seats Loss/Gain Share of seats (%) Share of vote (%)
Labour 30 +2 50.0 36.6
Plaid Cymru 12 -5 20.0 19.7
Conservative 11 +2 18.3 19.2
Liberal Democrats 6 0 10.0 12.5
John Marek 1 +1 1.7 1.2
Green 0 0 0 3.5
UKIP 0 0 0 3.4
Other 0 0 0 3.9
Total 60 0 100 100

Constituency and Regional Summary[edit]

Mid and West Wales[edit]

National Assembly for Wales election, 2003: Mid and West Wales
Constituency Elected member Result
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr Rhodri Glyn Thomas Plaid Cymru hold
Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire Christine Gwyther Labour hold
Ceredigion Elin Jones Plaid Cymru hold
Llanelli Catherine Thomas Labour gain
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy Dafydd Elis-Thomas Plaid Cymru hold
Montgomeryshire Mick Bates Liberal Democrats hold
Preseli Pembrokeshire Tamsin Dunwoody Labour hold
Brecon and Radnorshire Kirsty Williams Liberal Democrats hold
Conservative Party Cymru Annibynnol Green Party of England and Wales Labour Party Liberal Democrats Mid & West Wales Pensioners Plaid Cymru ProLife Alliance UKIP Vote No 2 Stop the War
1. Nick Bourne Mick Grail Dorienne Robinson Cherry Short Kirsty Williams Vera Jenner Helen Mary Jones Sara Jeremy Mrs. Elizabeth F. Phillips Adrienne Morgan
2. Glyn Davies Debra Tester Molly Scott-Cato Tamsin Dunwoody Mick Bates Andrew Jacob Delyth Richards Ruth Davies Iain Sheldon Nina Minnigan
3. Lisa Francis Timothy Foster Christine Gwyther Steffan John David Senior Dominica Roberts Clive Easton Robin Benson
4. O.J. Williams Reg Taylor Catherine Thomas John Davies Siôn Jobbins Thomas Robberts David Rowlands Jennifer Keal
5. Paul Davies Christopher Cato Anthony Cooper Ken Harris Paul Sambrook David Bellamy
6. Harri Lloyd Davies David Rees Mary Megarry Siân Thomas
7. David Thomas Rhiannon Passmore
8. Gareth Jones Rina Clarke
9. Eddie Woodward

North Wales[edit]

National Assembly for Wales election, 2003: North Wales
Constituency Elected member Result
Alyn and Deeside Carl Sargeant Labour hold
Caernarfon Alun Ffred Jones Plaid Cymru hold
Clwyd South Karen Sinclair Labour hold
Clwyd West Alun Pugh Labour hold
Conwy Denise Idris Jones Labour gain
Delyn Sandy Mewies Labour hold
Vale of Clwyd Ann Jones Labour hold
Wrexham John Marek JMIP gain
Ynys Môn Ieuan Wyn Jones Plaid Cymru hold
Communist Party of Britain Conservative Party Cymru Annibynnol Green Party of England and Wales John Marek Independent Party Labour Party Liberal Democrats Plaid Cymru UKIP
1. Glyn Davies Brynle Williams Owain Williams Klaus Armstrong-Braun John Marek Lesley Griffiths Eleanor Burnham Janet Ryder Elwyn Williams
2. David Morgan Mark Isherwood Dafydd Ifan John Walker Marc Jones Carl Seargeant Nick Bennett Liz Saville Edwina Theunissen
3. Mike Green Janet Finch-Saunders Jeremy Hart Colin Jones Sandy Mewies Bobby Feeley Dyfed Edwards John Walker
4. Albie Fox Wilfred Hastings Karen Sinclair Graham Rees Eilian Williams Francis Wykes
5. Darren Miller Gilly Boyd Wycliffe Barrett Carole O'Toole Paul Rowlinson
6. Guto Bebb Jim Killock Ann Jones Thomas Rippeth Richard Coombs
7. Peter Rogers Alun Pugh
8. Matt Wright Denise Idris Jones
9. Goronwy Edwards Gerwyn Jones
10. Martin Eaglestone

South Wales Central[edit]

National Assembly for Wales election, 2003: South Wales Central
Constituency Elected member Result
Cardiff South and Penarth Lorraine Barrett Labour hold
Cardiff West Rhodri Morgan Labour hold
Cynon Valley Christine Chapman Labour hold
Pontypridd Jane Davidson Labour hold
Rhondda Leighton Andrews Labour gain
Vale of Glamorgan Jane Hutt Labour hold
Cardiff Central Jenny Randerson Liberal Democrats hold
Cardiff North Sue Essex Labour hold
Communist Party of Britain Conservative Party Cymru Annibynnol Green Party of England and Wales Labour Party Liberal Democrats New Millennium Bean Party Plaid Cymru ProLife Alliance Socialist Labour Party UKIP Vote No 2 Stop the War
1. Robert David Griffiths Jonathan Morgan Rev. Christopher Davies John Matthews Rhodri Morgan Jenny Randerson Captain Beany Leanne Wood Anne Savoury Cerian Screen Peter Gracia Sura Altikriti
2. Fran Rawlings David Melding Sophia Flouter Lynn Farr Lorraine Barrett Rob Humphreys Owen John Thomas Madeleine Jeremy Morfudd Marsden Don Hulston John Cox
3. Dominic MacAskill Dianne Rees William Cross Jan Tucker Sikiru Fahm Rodney Berman Chris Franks Josephine Quintaville Kenneth Evans Frank Hughes John Palmer
4. Gwen Griffiths Jayne Cowan Raymond Lloyd Sylvia Latham Sue Essex John Dixon Carole Willis Anna Wilkins Helen Walker David Brown Alastair Couper
5. Daniel Thomas Paul Beswick Jane Davidson Jacqui Gasson Eluned Bush Susan Deare Phillip Kingston
6. Craig Piper Christine Chapman Nilmini De Silva Delme Bowen George Crabbe
7. Paul Williams Jane Hutt
8. Heather Douglas Leighton Andrews
9. Geoff Mungham

South Wales East[edit]

National Assembly for Wales election, 2003: South Wales East
Constituency Elected member Result
Islwyn Irene James Labour gain
Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney Huw Lewis Labour hold
Monmouth David Thomas Charles Davies Conservative hold
Blaeuau Gwent Peter Law Labour hold
Newport East John Griffiths Labour hold
Newport West Rosemary Butler Labour hold
Torfaen Lynne Neagle Labour hold
Caerphilly Ron Davies Labour hold
British National Party Conservative Party Cymru Annibynnol Green Party of England and Wales Labour Party Liberal Democrats Plaid Cymru ProLife Alliance Socialist Labour Party UKIP
1. Pauline Gregory David Thomas Charles Davies Catherine Lloyd Peter Varley Peter Law Michael James German Jocelyn Davies Joseph Anthony Biddulph Arthur Scargill David J Rowlands
2. William Graham Gareth Roberts Anne Were Neil McEvoy Ed Townsend Lindsay Whittle Norman Plaisted Paul Adam Neal Reynolds
3. Laura Anne Jones Susan Price Owen Clarke John Griffiths Alison Willott Mohammed Asghar Fiona Pinto Hayley O'Rourke Roger Thomas
4. Nick Ramsay Andrew Broad Ernest Hamer Lynne Neagle Philip Hobson Gill Jones Thomas Flynn Robert Morris Hugh Moelwyn Hughes
5. John Prosser Geraldine Layton Rosemary Butler Rob Roffe Joanne Daniels Mary Millington
6. Barrie O'Keefe Teresa Telfer Huw Lewis Huw Price Aneurin Preece Reehana Sayeed
7. Terri-Anne Matthews Matt Wootton Jeff Cuthbert
8. Matthew Evans Siân James

South Wales West[edit]

National Assembly for Wales election, 2003: South Wales West
Constituency Elected member Result
Aberavon Brian Gibbons Labour hold
Gower Edwina Hart Labour hold
Neath Gwenda Thomas Labour hold
Ogmore Janice Gregory Labour hold
Swansea East Val Lloyd Labour hold
Swansea West Andrew Davies Labour hold
Bridgend Carwyn Jones Labour hold
Conservative Party Cymru Annibynnol Green Party of England and Wales Labour Party Liberal Democrats Plaid Cymru ProLife Alliance Socialist Labour Party UKIP
1. Alun Cairns Rev. Christopher Davies Martyn Shrewsbury Brian Gibbons Peter Black Janet Davies Gerardo Brienza Christopher Herriott Richard Lewis
2. Gerald Rowbottom Gwendolen MacKay Jan Cliff Janice Gregory Cheryl Green Dai Lloyd Sean Haran Liz Screen Alan Robinson
3. Chris Smart Pedr Lewis Rhodri Griffiths Val Lloyd Mike Day Alun Llewelyn Gillian Duval Peter Greenslade Tim Jenkins
4. Myr Boult Stephen Curry Steve Clegg Parvaiz Ali Nick Tregoning Siân Caiach Karolina Stolarska Gary Davies David Evans
5. Peter Morris Deborah James Carwyn Jones Jackie Radford Richard Williams
6. Richard Hill Tony Young Edwina Hart Eirian Arwyn
7. Stephen James Gwenda Thomas
8. Andrew Thomas

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ McCallister, L. (2004) Steady State or Second Order? The 2003 National Assembly Elections for Wales, Political Quarterly, P. 65