Rhondda (Senedd Cymru constituency)


Rhondda 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 eight constituencies in the South Wales Central electoral region, which elects four additional members, in addition to eight constituency members, to produce a degree of proportional representation for the region as a whole.

Rhondda
National Assembly for Wales county constituency
Rhondda shown within the South Wales Central electoral region and the region shown within Wales
Current National Assembly for Wales county constituency
Created1999
PartyPlaid Cymru
AMLeanne Wood
Preserved countyMid Glamorgan
South Glamorgan

Boundaries


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

The other seven constituencies of the region are Cardiff Central, Cardiff North, Cardiff South and Penarth, Cardiff West, Cynon Valley, Pontypridd and Vale of Glamorgan.

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
1999 Geraint Davies Plaid Cymru
2003 Leighton Andrews Labour
2016 Leanne Wood Plaid Cymru

Elections


Elections in the 2010s

Welsh Assembly Election 2016: Rhondda[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Leanne Wood 11,891 50.6 21.1
Labour Leighton Andrews 8,432 35.9 27.3
UKIP Stephen Clee 2,203 9.4 9.4
Conservative Maria Hill 528 2.2 2.6
Green Pat Matthews 259 1.1 1.1
Liberal Democrats Rhys Taylor 173 0.7 1.7
Majority 3,459 14.7 18.9
Turnout 23,486 47.2 9.2
Plaid Cymru gain from Labour Swing 22.2
Welsh Assembly Election 2011: Rhondda[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Leighton Andrews 12,650 63.2 4.9
Plaid Cymru Sera Evans-Fear 5,911 29.5 0.6
Conservative James Jeffreys 969 4.8 0.3
Liberal Democrats George Summers 497 2.5 4.0
Majority 6,739 33.6 5.5
Turnout 20,027 38 4.1
Labour hold Swing 2.8

Elections in the 2000s

Welsh Assembly Election 2007: Rhondda[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Leighton Andrews 12,875 58.2 3.4
Plaid Cymru Jill Evans 6,660 30.1 3.1
Liberal Democrats Karen Roberts 1,441 6.5 3.5
Conservative Howard Parsons 1,131 5.1 2.9
Majority 6,215 28.1 6.5
Turnout 22,107 42.1 3.5
Labour hold Swing 3.3
Welsh Assembly Election 2003: Rhondda
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Leighton Andrews 14,170 61.6 21.1
Plaid Cymru Geraint Rhys Davies 6,216 27.0 21.7
Independent Jeffrey Gregory 909 4.0 N/A
Liberal Democrats Veronica Watkins 680 3.0 1.7
UKIP Kunnathur T. Rajan 524 2.3 N/A
Conservative Paul James Williams 504 2.2 0.6
Majority 7,954 34.6
Turnout 23,003 45.6 4.6
Labour gain from Plaid Cymru Swing 21.4

Elections in the 1990s

Welsh Assembly Election 1999: Rhondda
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Geraint Rhys Davies 13,558 48.7 N/A
Labour Wayne David 11,273 40.5 N/A
Liberal Democrats Meurig Williams 1,303 4.7 N/A
Independent Glyndwr Summers 913 3.3 N/A
Conservative Peter Hobbins 774 2.8 N/A
Majority 2,285 8.2 N/A
Turnout 27,821 50.2 N/A
Plaid Cymru win (new seat)

References


  1. "Wales elections > Aberavon". BBC News. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2011.
  2. "Wales elections > Rhondda". BBC News. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  3. Election results – 2007 Archived 9 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine, National Assembly for Wales