South Wales West (Senedd Cymru electoral region)


South Wales West is an electoral region of the Senedd, consisting of seven constituencies. The region elects 11 members, seven directly elected constituency members and four additional members. The electoral region was first used in 1999, when the Assembly for Wales was created.

South Wales West
Senedd electoral region
Created
1999
Current representation
Labour7 MSs
Plaid Cymru2 MSs
Conservative1 MS
Brexit Party1 MS
Constituencies
1. Aberavon
2. Bridgend
3. Gower
4. Neath
5. Ogmore
6. Swansea East
7. Swansea West
Preserved counties
Mid Glamorgan (part)
South Glamorgan (part)
West Glamorgan

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 boundaries


The region covers the whole of the preserved county of West Glamorgan, part of the preserved county of Mid Glamorgan and part of the preserved county of South Glamorgan. The rest of Mid Glamorgan is divided between the South Wales Central and South Wales East electoral regions. The rest of South Glamorgan is within the South Wales Central region.

Electoral region profile


The region is predominantly urban, taking in Wales' second largest city, Swansea, as well as working-class towns such as Neath and Port Talbot. However there are also rural regions, such as on the Gower peninsula. A higher proportion of the local populace are Welsh speakers than in the neighbouring region, South Wales Central.

Constituencies


The seven constituencies have the names and boundaries of constituencies of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom (Westminster):

Constituency[nb 1] Electorate Majority[nb 2] Assembly member Nearest opposition Preserved counties
Aberavon 49,891 6,402 (30.7%)   David Rees   Bethan Jenkins Entirely within West Glamorgan
Bridgend 62,185 5,623 (20.9%)   Carwyn Jones   George Jabbour Partly Mid Glamorgan, partly South Glamorgan
Gower 62,163 1,829 (6.1%)   Rebecca Evans   Lyndon Jones Entirely within West Glamorgan
Neath 55,859 2,923 (11.5%)   Jeremy Miles   Alun Lluwellyn Entirely within West Glamorgan
Ogmore 56,661 9,468 (40.5%)   Huw Irranca-Davies   Tim Thomas Partly Mid Glamorgan, partly South Glamorgan
Swansea East 58,521 7,452 (36.2%)   Mike Hedges   Clifford Johnson Entirely within West Glamorgan
Swansea West 56,892 5,080 (22.9%)   Julie James   Craig Lawton Entirely within West Glamorgan

Assembly members and Members of the Senedd


Constituency AMs and MSs

Term Election Aberavon Bridgend Gower Neath Ogmore Swansea East Swansea West
1st 1999 Brian Gibbons
(Lab)
Carwyn Jones
(Lab)
Edwina Hart
(Lab)
Gwenda Thomas
(Lab)
Janice Gregory
(Lab)
Val Feld
(Lab)
Andrew Davies
(Lab)
2001 Val Lloyd
(Lab)
2nd 2003
3rd 2007
4th 2011 David Rees
(Lab)
Mike Hedges
(Lab)
Julie James
(Lab)
5th 2016 Rebecca Evans
(Lab)
Jeremy Miles
(Lab)
Huw Irranca-Davies
(Lab)

Regional list AMs and MSs

N.B. This table is for presentation purposes only

Term Election AM / MS AM / MS AM / MS AM / MS
1st 1999 Alun Cairns
(Con)
Dai Lloyd
(PC)
Janet Davies
(PC)
Peter Black
(LD)
2nd 2003
3rd 2007 Bethan Jenkins
(PC)
4th 2011 Suzy Davies
(Con)
Byron Davies
(Con)
2015[nb 3] Altaf Hussain
(Con)
5th 2016 Dai Lloyd
(PC)
Caroline Jones
(UKIP)
later BREX
2019

2016 Welsh Assembly election additional members


In the 2016 National Assembly for Wales election, the results for additional members were as follows:

PartyConstituency SeatsList Votes (vote %)D'Hondt EntitlementAdditional Members ElectedTotal Members ElectedDeviation from D'Hondt Entitlement
Labour 766,903 (39.5%)507+2
Plaid Cymru 029,050 (17.2%)2220
Conservative 025,414 (15.0%)211-1
UKIP 023.096 (13.7%)211-1
Liberal Democrats 010,946 (6.5%)0000

Regional AMs elected 2016

PartyName
Plaid Cymru Bethan Jenkins
Plaid Cymru David Lloyd
Conservative Suzy Davies
UKIP Caroline Jones

2011 Welsh Assembly election additional members]]


In the 2011 National Assembly for Wales election, the results for additional members were as follows:

PartyConstituency SeatsList Votes (vote %)D'Hondt EntitlementAdditional Members ElectedTotal Members ElectedDeviation from D'Hondt Entitlement
Labour 771,766 (46.5%)607+1
Conservative 027,457 (17.8%)2220
Plaid Cymru 021,258 (13.8%)211−1
Liberal Democrats 010,683 (6.9%)1110
UKIP 06,619 (4.3%)0000
Socialist Labour 05,057 (3.3%)0000
BNP 04,714 (3.1%)0000
Green 03,952 (2.6%)0000
Welsh Christian 01,602 (1.0%)0000
TUSC 0809 (0.5%)0000
Communist 0464 (0.3%)0000

Regional AMs elected 2011

PartyName
Conservative Byron Davies
Conservative Suzy Davies
Liberal Democrats Peter Black
Plaid Cymru Bethan Jenkins

† Resigned as AM following his election to the UK House of Commons on 7 May 2015; replaced by Altaf Hussain from 19 May 2015.

2007 Welsh Assembly election additional members


In the election for additional members in the 2007 National Assembly for Wales election, the results were as follows:[1]

PartyConstituency SeatsList Votes (vote %)D'Hondt EntitlementAdditional Members ElectedTotal Members ElectedDeviation from D'Hondt Entitlement
Labour 758,374 (35.8%)607+1
Plaid Cymru 028,819 (17.7%)2220
Conservative 026,119 (16.1%)211−1
Liberal Democrats 020,226 (12.4%)1110
BNP 08,993 (5.5%)0000
Green 06,130 (3.8%)0000
UKIP 05,914 (3.6%)0000
Socialist Labour 02,367 (1.5%)0000
Welsh Christian 01,685 (1.0%)0000
Independent 01,186 (0.7%)0000
Socialist Alternative 01,027 (0.6%)0000
Respect 0713 (0.4%)0000
Ind. Conservative 0582 (0.4%)0000
Communist 0546 (0.3%)0000
Christian Peoples Alliance 0393 (0.2%)0000

2003 Welsh Assembly election additional members


In the election for additional members in the 2003 National Assembly for Wales election, the results were as follows: [2]

PartyConstituency SeatsList Votes (vote %)D'Hondt EntitlementAdditional Members ElectedTotal Members ElectedDeviation from D'Hondt Entitlement
Labour 758,066 (41.61%)607+1
Plaid Cymru 024,799 (17.77%)2220
Conservative 020,981 (15.03%)211-1
Liberal Democrats 017,746 (12.72%)1110
Green 06,696 (4.80%)0000
UKIP 06,113 (4.38%)0000
Socialist Labour 03,446 (2.47%)0000
Cymru Annibynnol 01,346 (0.96%)0000
ProLife Alliance 0355 (0.25%)0000

1999 Welsh Assembly election additional members


In the election for additional members in the 1999 National Assembly for Wales election, the results were as follows:[2]

PartyConstituency SeatsList Votes (vote %)D'Hondt EntitlementAdditional Members ElectedTotal Members ElectedDeviation from D'Hondt Entitlement
Labour 770,625 (41.79%)507+2
Plaid Cymru 050,757 (30.04%)422−2
Conservative 020,993 (12.42%)1110
Liberal Democrats 018,527 (10.96%)1110
Green 04,082 (2.42%)0000
People's Representative 02,074 (1.23%)0000
Socialist Alliance 01,257 (0.74%)0000
Natural Law 0676 (0.40%)0000

Notes


  1. BC denotes borough constituency, CC denotes county constituency.
  2. The majority is the number of votes the winning candidate receives more than their nearest rival.
  3. Following his election to the House of Commons, Byron Davies resigned as an AM in May 2015 and was replaced by Altaf Hussain.

References


  1. "Welsh assembly election 2007". BBC News. 2007-03-21. Retrieved 2020-05-31.
  2. "Welsh National Assembly regional constituency: South Wales West". www.politicsresources.net. Archived from the original on 2017-08-07.