Neath (Senedd Cymru constituency)


Neath (Welsh: Castell-nedd) 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.

Neath
Welsh Assembly county constituency
Neath shown as one of the 40
Welsh Assembly constituencies
Current Welsh Assembly county constituency
Created1999
PartyLabour
AMJeremy Miles
Electoral regionSouth Wales West
Preserved countyWest Glamorgan

History


Since the creation of the assembly the constituency has returned a Labour AM, with varying majorities, from 7.7% to 26.8%. The current incumbent Jeremy Miles is one of the first openly gay elected Members of the Senedd.[1] Plaid Cymru are Labour's main opposition in the seat.

In the election in 2016 the constituency got the highest vote share from an Independent in Steve Hunt with 8.1% of the vote. Hunt was the only independent to save his deposit.

Boundaries


The constituency was created for the first election to the Assembly, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of the Neath Westminster constituency. It is entirely within the preserved county of West Glamorgan.

The other six constituencies of the region are Aberavon, Bridgend, Gower, 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.

Assembly members and Members of the Senedd


ElectionMemberPartyPortrait
1999Gwenda ThomasLabour Party
2016Jeremy MilesLabour Party

Elections


Elections in the 2010s

Welsh Assembly Election 2016: Neath[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Jeremy Miles 9,468 37.3 −16.1
Plaid Cymru Alun Llewellyn 6,545 25.8 −0.8
UKIP Richard Pritchard 3,780 14.9 +14.9
Conservative Peter Crocker-Jaques 2,179 8.6 -3.1
Independent Steve Hunt 2,056 8.1 +8.1
Liberal Democrats Frank Little 746 2.9 −1.2
Green Lisa Rapado 589 2.3 +2.3
Majority 2,923 11.5 −15.3
Turnout 25,363 45.8 +4.7
Labour hold Swing -7.65
Welsh Assembly Election 2011: Neath[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gwenda Thomas 12,736 53.4 +10.0
Plaid Cymru Alun Llewellyn 6,346 26.6 −9.1
Conservative Alex Powell 2,780 11.7 −0.1
BNP Michael Green 1,004 4.2 N/A
Liberal Democrats Mathew McCarthy 983 4.1 −5.1
Majority 6,390 26.8 +19.1
Turnout 23849 41.1 −2.4
Labour hold Swing +9.6

Elections in the 2000s

Welsh Assembly Election 2007: Neath[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gwenda Thomas 10,934 43.4 −7.6
Plaid Cymru Alun Llewellyn 8,990 35.7 +6.9
Conservative Andrew Sivertsen 2,956 11.7 +2.6
Liberal Democrats Sheila Ramsay-Waye 2,320 9.2 +0.0
Majority 1,944 7.7 -14.6
Turnout 25,200 43.5 +4.4
Labour hold Swing −7.3
Welsh Assembly Election 2003: Neath[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gwenda Thomas 11,332 51.1 +5.6
Plaid Cymru Alun Llewellyn 6,386 28.8 −7.0
Liberal Democrats Helen C. Jones 2,048 9.2 −0.6
Conservative Chris B. Smart 2,011 9.1 +2.0
Socialist Alliance David Pudner 410 1.9 +0.0
Majority 4,946 22.3 +12.6
Turnout 22,187 39.1 −8.9
Labour hold Swing +6.3

Elections in the 1990s

Welsh Assembly Election 1999: Neath[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gwenda Thomas 12,234 45.5 N/A
Plaid Cymru Trefor Jones 9,616 35.8 N/A
Liberal Democrats David R. Davies 2,631 9.8 N/A
Conservative Jill F. Chambers 1,895 7.1 N/A
Socialist Alliance Nicholas Duncan 519 1.9 N/A
Majority 2,618 9.7 N/A
Turnout 26,895 48.0 N/A
Labour win (new seat)

References


  1. "Three gay and lesbian AMs 'a milestone'". 7 May 2016 via www.bbc.co.uk.
  2. "Neath – Welsh Assembly constituency – Election 2016". BBC News. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  3. "Neath – Welsh Assembly constituency – Election 2011". BBC News. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  4. Election results – 2007 Archived 9 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine, National Assembly for Wales
  5. Neath, Political Science Resources