Alyn and Deeside (Senedd Cymru constituency)


Alyn and Deeside (Welsh: Alun a Glannau Dyfrdwy) 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 nine constituencies in the North Wales electoral region, which elects four additional members, in addition to nine constituency members, to produce a degree of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

Alyn and Deeside
National Assembly for Wales county constituency
Alyn and Deeside shown within the North Wales electoral region and the region shown within Wales
Current National Assembly for Wales county constituency
Created1999
AMJack Sargeant (Labour)
Preserved countyClwyd

The constituency has been represented by Jack Sargeant since February 2018.

Boundaries


The constituency was created for the first election to the Assembly, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of the Alyn and Deeside Westminster constituency. It is entirely within the preserved county of Clwyd. For the 2007 Assembly election, there were minor changes to the constituency's boundaries. For Westminster purposes, the same boundary changes became effective at the 2010 United Kingdom general election.

As created in 1999, the North Wales region includes the constituencies of Alyn and Deeside, Caernarfon, Clwyd West, Clwyd South, Conwy, Delyn, Vale of Clwyd, Wrexham and Ynys Môn (Anglesey). From the 2007 election the region includes Aberconwy, Alyn and Deeside, Arfon, Clwyd South, Clwyd West, Delyn, Vale of Clwyd, Wrexham and Ynys Môn (Anglesey).

History


The constituency has been held by Labour since its creation. The assembly member Carl Sargeant served as Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children 19 May 2016 until his resignation on 3 November 2017 following his suspension from the Labour Party due to "shocking and distressing" allegations about his personal behaviour.[1] The seat was vacant following his death by suicide on 7 November 2017 and remained vacant until the by-election in the constituency took place on 6 February 2018, which was won by Carl's son Jack Sargeant for the Labour Party.

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
1999Tom MiddlehurstLabour
2003Carl SargeantLabour
2018Jack SargeantLabour

Elections


Elections in the 2010s

A by-election took place on 6 February 2018, following the death of incumbent AM Carl Sargeant.[2][3]

By-election 2018: Alyn and Deeside
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jack Sargeant 11,267 60.7 15.0
Conservative Sarah Atherton 4,722 25.4 4.4
Liberal Democrats Donna Lalek 1,176 6.3 1.8
Plaid Cymru Carrie Harper 1,059 5.7 3.3
Green Duncan Rees 353 1.9 0.5
Majority 6,545 35.3 10.6
Turnout 29.1 5.9
Labour hold Swing 5.3
Welsh Assembly Election 2016: Alyn and Deeside[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Carl Sargeant 9,922 45.7 −6.9
Conservative Mike Gibbs 4,558 21.0 −7.1
UKIP Michelle Brown 3,765 17.4 +17.4
Plaid Cymru Jacqueline Hurst 1,944 9.0 +1.4
Liberal Democrats Peter Williams 980 4.5 −3.1
Green Martin Bennewith 527 2.4 +2.4
Majority 5,364 24.7 +0.2
Turnout 21,696 35.0 −2.0
Labour hold Swing +0.1
Welsh Assembly Election 2011: Alyn and Deeside[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Carl Sargeant 11,978 52.6 +13.8
Conservative John Bell 6,397 28.1 +5.2
Liberal Democrats Peter Williams 1,725 7.6 −2.3
Plaid Cymru Shane Brennan 1,710 7.5 +0.9
BNP Michael Whitby 959 4.2 N/A
Majority 5,581 24.5 +8.6
Turnout 22,769 37 +1.5
Labour hold Swing +4.3

Elections in the 2000s

Welsh Assembly Election 2007: Alyn and Deeside
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Carl Sargeant 8,196 38.9 −7.8
Conservative Will Gallagher 4,834 22.9 −0.6
Independent Dennis Hutchinson 3,241 15.4 N/A
Liberal Democrats Paul J. Brighton 2,091 9.9 6.8
Plaid Cymru Dafydd M. Passe 1,398 6.6 1.1
UKIP William Crawford 1,335 6.3 +0.8
Majority 3,362 15.9 -7.4
Turnout 21,095 35.5 +10.6
Labour hold Swing −3.6
Welsh Assembly Election 2003: Alyn and Deeside
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Carl Sargeant 7,036 46.7 −4.6
Conservative Matthew G. Wright 3,533 23.5 +5.5
Liberal Democrats Paul J. Brighton 2,509 16.7 +6.8
Plaid Cymru Richard S. Coombs 1,160 7.7 −4.4
UKIP William Crawford 826 5.5 N/A
Majority 3,503 23.3 −10.2
Turnout 15,064 24.9 −7.2
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s

Welsh Assembly Election 1999: Alyn and Deeside[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Tom Middlehurst 9,772 51.4 N/A
Conservative Neil Formstone 3,413 17.9 N/A
Plaid Cymru Ann Owen 2,304 12.1 N/A
Liberal Democrats Jeff Clarke 1,879 9.9 N/A
Independent John Cooksey 1,333 7.0 N/A
Communist Glyn Davies 329 1.7 N/A
Majority 6,359 33.5 N/A
Turnout 19,030 32.1 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

Notes


  1. Peck, Tom (3 November 2017). "Welsh government minister resigns after being suspended over 'shocking and distressing' allegations". The Independent. London. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  2. "Sacked Labour minister dies". 7 November 2017 via www.bbc.co.uk.
  3. "Carl Sargeant death: Alyn and Deeside by-election set for February". BBC News. 4 December 2017. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  4. ganlyniadau Etholiad Cymru 2016[permanent dead link]
  5. "Wales elections > Alyn and Deeside". BBC News. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2011.
  6. "Wales elections > Alyn and Deeside". BBC News. 6 May 1999. Retrieved 28 October 2017.

See also