Carmarthen East and Dinefwr (UK Parliament constituency)


Carmarthen East and Dinefwr (Welsh: Dwyrain Caerfyrddin a Dinefwr) is a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom since 2010 by Jonathan Edwards, who currently sits as an independent following his suspension from Plaid Cymru.[3] It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election. It was created in 1997, mostly from the former seat of Carmarthen.

Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Carmarthen East and Dinefwr in Wales
Preserved countyDyfed
Population71,046 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate54,557 (December 2010)[2]
Major settlementsCarmarthen (part), Ammanford, Llandovery
Current constituency
Created1997
Member of ParliamentJonathan Edwards (Independent)
Number of membersOne
Created fromCarmarthen, Llanelli
Overlaps
Senedd Cymru – Welsh ParliamentMid and West Wales

The Carmarthen East and Dinefwr Welsh Assembly constituency was created with the same boundaries in 1999.

Boundaries


The constituency is within the Carmarthenshire authority area, with Llanybydder, Llandovery and Llanfihangel-ar-Arth in the north, Llanfihangel-uwch-Gwili, Llanegwad, and Llandeilo in the central area, and Ammanford and Glanamman in the south.

Boundary changes for the 2010 general election introduced minor alterations, with the areas around Hermon and Llanpumsaint removed to the Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire constituency. These changes came into effect in 2007 for the National Assembly for Wales.

The constituency includes the whole of 41 Carmarthenshire communities (Abergwili; Ammanford; Betws; Cenarth; Cilycwm; Cwmamman; Cynwyl Gaeo; Dyffryn Cennen; Gorslas; Llanarthney; Llanddarog; Llanddeusant; Llandeilo; Llandovery; Llandybie; Llandyfaelog; Llanegwad; Llanfair-ar-y-bryn; Llanfihangel Aberbythych; Llanfihangel-ar-Arth; Llanfihangel Rhos-y-Corn; Llanfynydd; Llangadog; Llangathen; Llangeler; Llangunnor; Llangyndeyrn; Llanllawddog; Llanllwni; Llansadwrn; Llansawel; Llanwrda; Llanybydder; Llanycrwys; Manordeilo and Salem; Myddfai; Newcastle Emlyn; Pencarreg; Quarter Bach; St Ishmael; Talley).

Members of Parliament


ElectionMember[4][5]Party
1997 Alan Williams Labour
2001 Adam Price Plaid Cymru
2010 Jonathan Edwards Plaid Cymru
2020 Independent

Elections


Carmarthen - Carmarthen East and Dinefwr election results


Elections in the 1990s

General election 1997: Carmarthen East and Dinefwr[6][7][8][9][10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alan Williams 17,907 42.9 N/A
Plaid Cymru Rhodri Glyn Thomas 14,457 34.6 N/A
Conservative Edmund Hayward 5,022 12.0 N/A
Liberal Democrats Juliana Hughes 3,150 7.5 N/A
Referendum Ian Humphreys-Evans 1,196 2.9 N/A
Majority 3,450 8.3 N/A
Turnout 32,654 78.6 N/A
Registered electors 53,121
Labour win (new seat)

Elections in the 2000s

General election 2001: Carmarthen East and Dinefwr[11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Adam Price 16,130 42.4 +7.8
Labour Alan Williams 13,540 35.6 -7.3
Conservative David Thomas 4,912 12.9 +0.9
Liberal Democrats Doiran Evans 2,815 7.4 -0.2
UKIP Michael Squires 656 1.7 N/A
Majority 2,590 6.8 N/A
Turnout 38,053 70.4 -8.2
Registered electors 54,035
Plaid Cymru gain from Labour Swing +7.5
General election 2005: Carmarthen East and Dinefwr[13][14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Adam Price 17,561 45.9 +3.5
Labour Ross Hendry 10,843 28.3 -7.3
Conservative Suzy Davies 5,235 13.7 +0.8
Liberal Democrats Juliana Hughes 3,719 9.7 +2.3
UKIP Mike Squires 661 1.7 ±0.0
Legalise Cannabis Sid Whitworth 272 0.7 N/A
Majority 6,718 17.6 +10.8
Turnout 38,291 71.6 +1.2
Registered electors 53,091
Plaid Cymru hold Swing +5.4

Elections in the 2010s

General election 2010: Carmarthen East and Dinefwr[16][17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Jonathan Edwards 13,546 35.6 -10.2
Labour Christine Gwyther 10,065 26.5 -1.8
Conservative Andrew Morgan 8,506 22.4 +8.7
Liberal Democrats William Powell 4,609 12.1 +2.4
UKIP John Atkinson 1,285 3.4 +1.7
Majority 3,481 9.1 -8.3
Turnout 38,011 72.6 +1.8
Registered electors 52,385
Plaid Cymru hold Swing -4.2
General election 2015: Carmarthen East and Dinefwr[18][19][20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Jonathan Edwards 15,140 38.4 +2.8
Labour Calum Higgins 9,541 24.2 -2.3
Conservative Matthew Paul 8,336 21.2 -1.2
UKIP Norma Woodward[21] 4,363 11.1 +7.7
Green Ben Rice[22] 1,091 2.8 N/A
Liberal Democrats Sara Lloyd Williams[23] 928 2.4 -9.7
Majority 5,599 14.2 +5.1
Turnout 39,399 70.9 -1.7
Registered electors 55,750
Plaid Cymru hold Swing +2.5
General election 2017: Carmarthen East and Dinefwr[24][25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Jonathan Edwards 16,127 39.3 +0.9
Labour David Darkin 12,219 29.8 +5.6
Conservative Havard Hughes 10,778 26.3 +5.1
UKIP Neil Hamilton 985 2.4 -8.7
Liberal Democrats Lesley Prosser[26] 920 2.2 -0.2
Rejected ballots 65
Majority 3,908 9.5 -4.7
Turnout 41,028 73.3 +2.4
Registered electors 56,711
Plaid Cymru hold Swing -2.3

Of the 65 rejected ballots:

  • 44 were either unmarked or it was uncertain who the vote was for.[25]
  • 14 voted for more than one candidate.[25]
  • 7 had writing or a mark by which the voter could be identified.[25]
General election 2019: Carmarthen East and Dinefwr [27][28]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Jonathan Edwards 15,939 38.9 -0.4
Conservative Havard Hughes 14,130 34.5 +8.2
Labour Maria Carroll 8,622 21.0 -8.8
Brexit Party Peter Prosser 2,311 5.6 N/A
Rejected ballots 145
Majority 1,809 4.4 -5.1
Turnout 41,028 71.4 -1.9
Registered electors 57,407
Plaid Cymru hold Swing -4.3

Of the 145 rejected ballots:

  • 123 were either unmarked or it was uncertain who the vote was for.[27]
  • 20 voted for more than one candidate.[27]
  • 2 had writing or a mark by which the voter could be identified.[27]

Edwards was elected as a Plaid Cymru MP, but had the whip withdrawn by the party after he was arrested on suspicion of assault in May 2020.

See also


Notes and references


  1. "Carmarthen East and Dinefwr: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  2. "Beyond 20/20 WDS - Table view". 2011 Electorate Figures. StatsWales. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  3. "Plaid MP Jonathan Edwards arrested on suspicion of assault". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  4. "Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 1997-". Hansard 1803-2005. UK Parliament. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  5. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 3)
  6. "Election Data 1997". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  7. "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-07.
  8. C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.50 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
  9. This constituency was new in 1997, and the election result is calculated relative to a notional 1992 result.
  10. "BBC NEWS>VOTE 2001>Results and Constituencies>Carmarthen East and Dinefwr". Vote 2001. BBC News. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 2011-01-12.
  11. "Election Data 2001". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  12. "BBC NEWS > Carmarthen East and Dinefwr". Vote 2001. BBC News. 7 June 2001. Retrieved 2011-01-22.
  13. "Election Data 2005". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  14. "Carmarthen East and Dinefwr: Constituency". Election 2010. The Guardian. 2005-05-05. Retrieved 2011-01-22.
  15. "Carmarthen East & Dinefwr parliamentary constituency - Election 2005" via www.bbc.co.uk.
  16. "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  17. Carmarthen East and Dinefwr BBC Election - 2010 Election - Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
  18. "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  19. "Carmarthen East result". The Newsroom. Carmarthenshire County Council. Archived from the original on 26 September 2015. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  20. "Carmarthen East & Dinefwr parliamentary constituency - Election 2015" via www.bbc.co.uk.
  21. "UKIP denies candidate's suspension". March 18, 2015 via www.bbc.co.uk.
  22. Sinclair, Thomas (November 27, 2014). "Pembrokeshire Green Party announce candidates".
  23. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  24. "Carmarthen East & Dinefwr parliamentary constituency - Election 2017" via www.bbc.co.uk.
  25. "Parliamentary General Election 2017" (PDF). Carmarthen County Council. Carmarthen County Council. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  26. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-05-25. Retrieved 2017-05-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  27. "Parliamentary General Election 2019" (PDF). Carmarthen County Council. Carmarthen County Council. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  28. "Carmarthen East & Dinefwr parliamentary constituency - Election 2019". BBC News. Retrieved 2019-12-17.