Bridgend (Senedd Cymru constituency)


Bridgend (Welsh: Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr) 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.

Bridgend
Welsh Assembly county constituency
Bridgend shown as one of the 40
Welsh Assembly constituencies
Current Welsh Assembly county constituency
Created1999
PartyLabour
AMCarwyn Jones
Electoral regionSouth Wales West
Preserved countyMid Glamorgan
and West Glamorgan

History


Bridgend can be considered a relatively safe Labour seat. The former First Minister Carwyn Jones has been the AM since the creation of the assembly. The former Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns contested the seat in 1999 and 2003.

Party averages from 5 elections: Labour – 44.3%, Conservative – 26.8%, Plaid Cymru – 12.2%, Lib Dem – 11.1%

Boundaries


The constituency was created for the first election to the Assembly, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of the Bridgend Westminster constituency. It is partly within the preserved county of Mid Glamorgan and partly within the preserved county of South Glamorgan.

The other six constituencies of the region are Aberavon, 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.

Members of the Senedd


The member for the constituency since 1999 has been Carwyn Jones, who became First Minister of Wales in 2009 and served until 2018.

ElectionMemberPartyPortrait
1999Carwyn JonesLabour

Elections


Elections in the 2010s

Welsh Assembly Election 2016: Bridgend
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Carwyn Jones 12,166 45.3 −10.9
Conservative George Jabbour 6,543 24.4 −3.6
UKIP Caroline Jones 3,919 14.6 +14.6
Plaid Cymru James Radcliffe 2,569 9.6 +1.0
Liberal Democrats Jonathan Pratt 1,087 4.0 −3.2
Green Charlie Barlow 567 2.1 +2.1
Majority 5,623 20.9 −7.3
Turnout 44.6 +3.8
Labour hold Swing −3.6
Welsh Assembly Election 2011: Bridgend[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Carwyn Jones 13,499 56.2 +15.9
Conservative Alex Williams 6,724 28.0 −1.9
Plaid Cymru Tim Thomas 2,706 8.6 −6.0
Liberal Democrats Briony Davies 1,736 7.2 −8.0
Majority 6,775 28.2 +17.8
Turnout 24,035 40.8 −0.4
Labour hold Swing +8.9

Elections in the 2000s

Welsh Assembly Election 2007: Bridgend
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Carwyn Jones 9,889 40.3 −2.5
Conservative Emma L. Greenow 7,333 29.9 −2.0
Liberal Democrats Paul Warren 3,730 15.2 +1.7
Plaid Cymru Nick H. Thomas 3,600 14.7 +5.9
Majority 2,556 10.4 −0.5
Turnout 24,552 41.2 +5.8
Labour hold Swing -0.25
Welsh Assembly Election 2003: Bridgend
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Carwyn Jones 9,487 42.8 +5.6
Conservative Alun Cairns 7,066 31.9 +11.7
Liberal Democrats Cheryl A. Green 2,980 13.5 −2.2
Plaid Cymru Keith Parry 1,939 8.8 −10.9
UKIP Tim C. Jenkins 677 3.1 N/A
Majority 2,421 10.9 −6.1
Turnout 22,113 35.4 −6.4
Labour hold Swing −3.1

Elections in the 1990s

Welsh Assembly Election 1999: Bridgend
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Carwyn Jones 9,321 37.2 N/A
Conservative Alun Cairns 5,063 20.2 N/A
Plaid Cymru Jeff R. Canning 4,919 19.7 N/A
Liberal Democrats Rob O. Humphreys 3,910 15.6 N/A
Independent Allan Jones 1,819 7.3 N/A
Majority 4,258 17.0 N/A
Turnout 25,032 41.6 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

References


Senedd Cymru
Preceded by
Cardiff West
Constituency represented by the First Minister
2009 – present
Incumbent