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.
|Welsh Assembly county constituency|
Bridgend shown as one of the 40
Welsh Assembly constituencies
|Current Welsh Assembly county constituency|
|Electoral region||South Wales West|
|Preserved county||Mid Glamorgan |
and West Glamorgan
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%
- UKIP achieved 14.6% at the 2016 election.
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.
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.
Elections in the 2010s
|Plaid Cymru||James Radcliffe||2,569||9.6||+1.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Jonathan Pratt||1,087||4.0||−3.2|
|Plaid Cymru||Tim Thomas||2,706||8.6||−6.0|
|Liberal Democrats||Briony Davies||1,736||7.2||−8.0|
Elections in the 2000s
|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|
|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|
Elections in the 1990s
|Plaid Cymru||Jeff R. Canning||4,919||19.7||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Rob O. Humphreys||3,910||15.6||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|
- "BBC News: Election 2011: Bridgend". 6 May 2011.
| Constituency represented by the First Minister
2009 – present