Dwyfor Meirionnydd (Senedd Cymru constituency)


Dwyfor Meirionnydd is a constituency of the Senedd, first created for the former Assembly's 2007 election. It elects one Member of the Senedd by the first past the post method of election. Also, however, it is one of eight constituencies in the Mid and West 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.

Dwyfor Meirionnydd
National Assembly for Wales county constituency
Dwyfor Meirionnydd shown within the Mid and West Wales electoral region and the region shown within Wales
Current National Assembly for Wales county constituency
Created2007
PartyIndependent
AMDafydd Elis-Thomas
Preserved countyGwynedd
Created fromCaernarfon and Meirionnydd Nant Conwy

Boundaries


The constituency shares the boundaries of the Dwyfor Meirionnydd Westminster constituency, which came into use for the 2010 United Kingdom general election, created by merging into one constituency areas which were previously within the Caernarfon and Meirionnydd Nant Conwy constituencies.

Caernarfon was a Gwynedd constituency, entirely within the preserved county of Gwynedd, and one of nine constituencies in the North Wales region. Meirionnydd Nant Conwy was partly a Gwynedd constituency and partly a Clwyd constituency, partly within the preserved county of Gwynedd and partly within the preserved county of Clwyd, and one of eight constituencies in the Mid and West Wales electoral region.

Dwyfor Meirionnydd is a Gwynedd constituency, one of three constituencies entirely within the preserved county of Gwynedd, and one of eight constituencies in the Mid and West Wales electoral region. The other Gwynedd constituencies, however, Arfon and Ynys Môn, are within the North Wales electoral region.

The Mid and West Wales region consists of the constituencies of Brecon and Radnorshire, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Dwyfor Meirionnydd, Llanelli, Montgomeryshire and Preseli Pembrokeshire.

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 seat has been represented since its creation in 2007 by Dafydd Elis-Thomas of Plaid Cymru, the Assembly's former Presiding Officer. He previously represented the former constituency of Meirionnydd Nant Conwy from 1999 to 2007, and was the Westminster MP for the area from 1974 to 1992.

PeriodMemberPartyPortrait
2007 Dafydd Elis-Thomas Plaid Cymru
2016[1] Independent

Elections


Elections in the 2010s

Welsh Assembly Election 2016: Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Dafydd Elis-Thomas 9,566 47.3 0.7
Conservative Neil Fairlamb 3,160 15.6 4.8
Labour Ian MacIntyre 2,443 12.1 0.6
UKIP Frank Wykes 2,149 10.6 10.6
Independent Louise Hughes 1,259 6.2 6.2
Liberal Democrats Stephen Churchman 916 4.5 0.3
Green Alice Hooker-Stroud 743 3.7 3.7
Majority 6,406 31.7 5.6
Turnout 46.7 0.4
Plaid Cymru hold Swing 0.4
Welsh Assembly Election 2011: Dwyfor Meirionnydd[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Dafydd Elis-Thomas 9,656 46.6 13.1
Conservative Simon Baynes 4,239 20.4 0.8
Llais Gwynedd Louise Hughes 3,225 15.5 N/A
Labour Martyn Singleton 2,623 12.6 0.2
Liberal Democrats Stephen Churchman 1,000 4.8 3.5
Majority 5,417 26.1 14.0
Turnout 20,743 46.3 1.1
Plaid Cymru hold Swing 7.0

Elections in the 2000s

Welsh Assembly Election 2007: Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Dafydd Elis-Thomas 13,201 59.7 2.3
Conservative Mike Wood 4,333 19.6 5.5
Labour David Phillips 2,749 12.4 9.1
Liberal Democrats Stephen Churchman 1,839 8.3 1.3
Majority 8,868 40.1
Turnout 22,122 47.4 3.4
Plaid Cymru win (new seat)

References


  1. "Plaid Cymru AM Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas quits party". BBC News Online. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 22 October 2016.
  2. "Wales elections > Dwyfor Meirionnydd". BBC News. 6 May 2011.