Aberavon (Senedd Cymru constituency)


Aberavon (Welsh: Aberafan) is a constituency of the Senedd. It elects one Member of the Senedd 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.

Aberavon
Welsh Assembly county constituency
Aberavon shown as one of the 40
Welsh Assembly constituencies
Current Welsh Assembly county constituency
Created1999
PartyLabour
AMDavid Rees
Electoral regionSouth Wales West
Preserved countyWest Glamorgan

History


Having only elected Labour AMs with huge majority this can be considered a Labour safe seat. Plaid Cymru are Labour's main opposition in the constituency and have been since its creation.

Party averages from 5 elections: Labour – 54.9, Plaid Cymru – 18.4, Conservative – 9.3, Lib Dem – 8.6,

UKIP stood for the first time in this constituency in the 2016 election and finished third with 15.0% of the vote.

Boundaries


The constituency was created for the first election to the Assembly, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of the Aberavon Westminster constituency, and it is entirely within the preserved county of West Glamorgan. Boundaries were unchanged by the review whose proposals come into effect for the 2007 Welsh Assembly election.

The constituency is composed of the Neath Port Talbot electoral divisions: Aberavon, Baglan, Briton Ferry East, Briton Ferry West, Bryn & Cwmavon, Coedffranc Central, Coedffranc North, Coedffranc West, Cymmer, Glyncorrwg, Gwynfi, Margam, Port Talbot, Sandlands East, Sandlands West, and Tai-bach.

The other six constituencies of the region are Bridgend, Gower, Neath, Ogmore, Swansea East and Swansea West.

Voting


In general elections for the Senedd, each voter has two votes. The first vote may be used to vote for a candidate to become the Member of the Senedd 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 and Members of the Senedd


ElectionMemberPartyPortrait
1999Brian GibbonsLabour
2011David ReesLabour

Elections


Elections in the 2010s

Welsh Assembly Election 2016: Aberavon[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Rees 10,578 50.7 −13.4
Plaid Cymru Bethan Jenkins 4,176 20.0 +5.2
UKIP Glenda Davies 3,119 15.0 +15.0
Conservative David Jenkins 1,342 6.4 −7.9
Liberal Democrats Helen Ceri Clarke 1,248 6.0 −0.8
Green Jonathan Tier 389 1.9 +1.9
Majority 6,402 30.7 −18.6
Turnout 20,852 42.5 +5.5
Labour hold Swing −9.3
Welsh Assembly Election 2011: Aberavon[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour David Rees 12,104 64.1 +14.8
Plaid Cymru Paul Nicholls-Jones 2,793 14.8 −2.5
Conservative T. Morgan 2,704 14.3 +4.6
Liberal Democrats Helen Ceri Clarke 1,278 6.8 −0.3
Majority 9,311 49.3 +17.3
Turnout 18,879 37 −2.8
Labour hold Swing +8.7

Elections in the 2000s

Welsh Assembly Election 2007: Aberavon[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Brian Gibbons 10,129 49.3 −10.1
Plaid Cymru Linett Purcell 3,558 17.3 −0.4
Independent Andrew Tutton 2,561 12.5 +12.5
Conservative Daisy Meyland-Smith 1,990 9.7 +0.5
Liberal Democrats Claire Waller 1,450 7.1 −2.7
New Millennium Bean Party Captain Beany 840 4.1 +4.1
Majority 6,571 32.0 −9.7
Turnout 20,528 39.8 +2.4
Labour hold Swing −11.3
Welsh Assembly Election 2003: Aberavon[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Brian Gibbons 11,137 59.4 +8.1
Plaid Cymru Geraint D. Owen 3,324 17.7 −4.6
Liberal Democrats Claire Waller 1,840 9.8 −3.8
Conservative Myr A. Boult 1,732 9.2 +2.3
Independent Robert Williams 608 3.2 +3.2
Independent Gwenno M. Saunders 114 0.6 N/A
Majority 7,813 41.7 +12.7
Turnout 18,755 37.7 −9.4
Labour hold Swing +6.4

Elections in the 1990s

Welsh Assembly Election 1999: Aberavon[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Brian Gibbons 11,941 51.3 N/A
Plaid Cymru Janet Davies 5,198 22.3 N/A
Liberal Democrats Keith Davies 3,165 13.6 N/A
Conservative Mary E. Davies 1,624 7.0 N/A
Independent Captain Beany 849 3.6 N/A
Independent David Pudner 517 2.2 N/A
Majority 6,743 29.0 N/A
Turnout 23,294 46.9 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

See also


References


  1. "Wales Elections 2016 > Aberavon". BBC News. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  2. "Wales elections > Aberavon". BBC News. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2011.
  3. "Welsh assembly election 2007 – Aberavon". BBC News. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 30 June 2008.
  4. "Assembly Election results, 1999 and 2003". Political Science Resources. Richard Kimber. Retrieved 30 June 2008.