North Wales (Senedd Cymru electoral region)


North Wales is an electoral region of the Senedd, consisting of nine constituencies. The region elects thirteen members, nine directly elected constituency members and four additional members. The electoral region was first used in the 1999 Welsh Assembly election, when the National Assembly for Wales was created.

North Wales
Senedd electoral region
North Wales shown within Wales
Created
1999
Current representation
Labour5 MSs
Conservative3 MSs
Plaid Cymru3 MSs
Independent1 MS
Brexit Party1 MS
Constituencies
1. Aberconwy
2. Alyn and Deeside
3. Arfon
4. Clwyd South
5.Clwyd West
6. Delyn
7. Vale of Clwyd
8. Wrexham
9. Ynys Môn
Preserved counties
Clwyd
Gwynedd (part)

Each constituency elects one Member of the Senedd by the first past the post electoral system, and the region as a whole elects four additional or top-up Members of the Senedd, to create a degree of proportional representation. The additional member seats are allocated from closed lists by the D'Hondt method, with constituency results being taken into account in the allocation.

County and Westminster boundaries


As created in 1999, the region covered the most of the preserved county of Clwyd, part of the preserved county of Gwynedd, and part of the preserved county of Powys. Other parts of these preserved counties were within the Mid and West Wales electoral region. For the 2007 Welsh Assembly election, however, boundaries changed, and the region now covers all of the preserved county of Clwyd and part of the preserved county of Gwynedd. The rest of Gwynedd is in the Mid and West Wales region.

The Senedd constituencies have the names of constituencies of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (Westminster). For Westminster election purposes, however, there are no electoral regions, and constituency boundary changes became effective for the 2010 United Kingdom general election.

Electoral region profile


The region is a mix of rural and urban areas, with the population higher in the east, where can be found the region's largest town, Wrexham, and the working-class conurbations of Deeside. The western areas, including the Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Môn), are largely rural. Although Anglesey and Gwynedd are home to large numbers of Welsh speakers, the language is not widely spoken in the north-east.

Constituencies


Constituency 2016 Result Preserved county
Aberconwy Janet Finch-Saunders
Conservative
Entirely within Clwyd
Alyn and Deeside Carl Sargeant
Labour
Arfon Siân Gwenllian
Plaid Cymru
Entirely within Gwynedd
Clwyd South Ken Skates
Labour
Entirely within Clwyd
Clwyd West Darren Millar
Conservative
Delyn Hannah Blythyn
Labour
Vale of Clwyd Ann Jones
Labour
Wrexham Lesley Griffiths
Labour
Ynys Môn Rhun ap Iorwerth
Plaid Cymru
Entirely within Gwynedd

Assembly members and Members of the Senedd


Constituency AMs and MSes

Term Election Conwy Alyn and
Deeside
Caernarfon Clwyd South Clwyd West Delyn Vale of Clwyd Wrexham Ynys Môn
1st 1999 Gareth Jones
(PC)
Tom Middlehurst
(Lab)
Dafydd Wigley
(PC)
Karen Sinclair
(Lab)
Alun Pugh
(Lab)
Alison Halford
(Lab)
Ann Jones
(Lab)
John Marek
(Lab)
(later JMIP then Forward Wales)
Ieuan Wyn Jones
(PC)
2nd 2003 Denise Idris Jones
(Lab)
Carl Sargeant
(Lab)
Alun Ffred Jones
(PC)
Sandy Mewies
(Lab)
Term Election Aberconwy Alyn and
Deeside
Arfon Clwyd South Clwyd West Delyn Vale of Clwyd Wrexham Ynys Môn
3rd 2007 Gareth Jones
(PC)
Carl Sargeant
(Lab)
Alun Ffred Jones
(PC)
Karen Sinclair
(Lab)
Darren Millar
(Con)
Sandy Mewies
(Lab)
Ann Jones
(Lab)
Lesley Griffiths
(Lab)
Ieuan Wyn Jones
(PC)
4th 2011 Janet Finch-Saunders
(Con)
Ken Skates
(Lab)
2013 Rhun ap Iorwerth
(PC)
5th 2016 Siân Gwenllian
(PC)
Hannah Blythyn
(Lab)
2018 Jack Sargeant
(Lab)

Regional list AMs and MSes

N.B. This table is for presentation purposes only

Term Election MS MS MS MS
1st 1999 Rod Richards
(Con)
Peter Rogers
(Con)
Christine Humphreys
(LD)
Janet Ryder
(PC)
2001[1] Eleanor Burnham
(LD)
2002[2] David Jones
(Con)
2nd 2003 Mark Isherwood
(Con)
Brynle Williams
(Con)
3rd 2007
4th 2011 Antoinette Sandbach
(Con)
Aled Roberts
(LD)
Llyr Gruffydd
(PC)
2015[3] Janet Haworth
(Con)
5th 2016 Nathan Gill
(UKIP)
(later Independent)
Michelle Brown
(UKIP), later Independent
2016[4]
2017[5] Mandy Jones
(Independent)[6]
(later BREX)
2019

2016 Welsh Assembly election additional members


2016 National Assembly for Wales election - North Wales region
PartyConstituency SeatsList Votes (vote %)D'Hondt EntitlementAdditional Members ElectedTotal Members ElectedDeviation from D'Hondt Entitlement
Labour 557,528 (28.1%)405+1
Plaid Cymru 247,701 (23.3%)413-1
Conservative 245,468 (22.2%)3130
UKIP 025,518 (12.5%)2220
Abolish the Welsh Assembly 09,409 (4.6%)0000
Liberal Democrats 09,345 (4.6%)0000
Green 04,789 (2.3%)0000
Association of Welsh Local Independents 01,865 (0.9%)0000
Monster Raving Loony 01,355 (0.7%)0000
Independent - Mark Young 0926 (0.5%)0000
Welsh Communist Party 0586 (0.3%)0000

Regional AMs elected 2016

PartyName
Conservative Mark Isherwood
UKIP Michelle Brown
UKIP Nathan Gill
Plaid Cymru Llyr Huws Gruffydd

2011 Welsh Assembly election additional members


2011 National Assembly for Wales election North Wales region
PartyConstituency SeatsList Votes (vote %)D'Hondt EntitlementAdditional Members ElectedTotal Members ElectedDeviation from D'Hondt Entitlement
Labour 562,677 (32.2%)5050
Conservative 252,201 (26.8%)4240
Plaid Cymru 241,701 (21.4%)3130
Liberal Democrats 011,507 (5.9%)1110
UKIP 09,608 (4.9%)0000
Socialist Labour 04,895 (2.5%)0000
BNP 04,785 (2.5%)0000
Green 04,406 (2.3%)0000
Welsh Christian 01,401 (0.7%)0000
Independent 01,094 (0.6%)0000
Communist 0523 (0.3%)0000

Regional AMs elected 2011

PartyName
Conservative Mark Isherwood
Conservative Antoinette Sandbach
Liberal Democrats Aled Roberts
Plaid Cymru Llyr Huws Gruffydd

† Resigned as AM following her election to the UK House of Commons on 7 May 2015; replaced by Janet Haworth from 27 May 2015.

2007 Welsh Assembly election additional members


2007 National Assembly for Wales election North Wales region[7]
PartyConstituency SeatsList Votes (vote %)D'Hondt EntitlementAdditional Members ElectedTotal Members ElectedDeviation from D'Hondt Entitlement
Labour 551,831 (26.4%)405+1
Plaid Cymru 350,558 (25.7%)4140
Conservative 150,266 (25.6%)423−1
Liberal Democrats 015,275 (7.8%)1110
BNP 09,986 (5.1%)0000
UKIP 08,015 (4.1%)0000
Green 05,660 (2.9%)0000
Socialist Labour 02,209 (1.1%)0000
Welsh Christian 01,300 (0.7%)0000
Communist 0700 (0.4%)0000
Christian Peoples Alliance 0642 (0.3%)0000

2003 Welsh Assembly election additional members


2003 National Assembly for Wales election - North Wales region[8]
PartyConstituency SeatsList VotesVote %D'Hondt EntitlementAdditional Members ElectedTotal Members ElectedDeviation from D'Hondt Entitlement
Labour 655,25031.6%6060
Plaid Cymru 241,64023.8%3130
Conservative 038,54322.0%2220
Liberal Democrats 017,50310.0%1110
Independent 111,0086.3%1010
UKIP 04,5002.6%0000
Green 04,2002.4%0000
Cymru Annibynnol 01,5520.9%0000
Communist 05220.3%0000
ProLife Alliance 03100.2%0000

Former constituencies


1999 to 2007

Constituency Preserved counties
Alyn and Deeside Entirely within Clwyd
Caernarfon Entirely within Gwynedd
Clwyd South Partly Clwyd, partly Powys
Clwyd West Entirely within Clwyd
Conwy Partly Clwyd, partly Gwynedd
Delyn Entirely within Clwyd
Vale of Clwyd
Wrexham
Ynys Môn Entirely within Gwynedd

1999 Welsh Assembly election additional members


1999 National Assembly for Wales election - North Wales region[8]
PartyConstituency SeatsList VotesVote %D'Hondt EntitlementAdditional Members ElectedTotal Members ElectedDeviation from D'Hondt Entitlement
Labour 670,62541.8%6060
Plaid Cymru 350,75730.0%4140
Conservative 020,99312.4%2220
Liberal Democrats 018,52711.0%1110
Green 04,0822.4%0000
People's Representative 02,0741.2%0000
Socialist Alliance 01,2570.7%0000
Natural Law 06760.4%0000

References


  1. Christine Humphreys resigned in March 2001 and was replaced by Eleanor Burnham.
  2. Rod Richards resigned in September 2002 and was replaced by David Jones.
  3. Antoinette Sandbach resigned in May 2015 and was replaced by Janet Haworth.
  4. Nathan Gill left the UKIP Group in the Assembly as a result of infighting. He remained a member of the party but sat as an Independent in the Assembly.
  5. Nathan Gill resigned from the National Assembly on 27 December 2017 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-42493743). He was replaced by Mandy Jones, the next candidate on the UKIP list.
  6. Although a member of the party and elected in its name, Mandy Jones did not join the UKIP group upon her election to the Senedd.
  7. BBC Election results
  8. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2011-02-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)