Swansea West (Senedd Cymru constituency)

Swansea West (Welsh: Gorllewin Abertawe) is a constituency of the Senedd. It elects one Member of the Senedd by the first past the post method of election. It is also 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.

Swansea West
Welsh Assembly borough constituency
Swansea West shown as one of the 40
Welsh Assembly constituencies
Current Welsh Assembly borough constituency
AMJulie James
Electoral regionSouth Wales West
Preserved countyWest Glamorgan


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

The other six constituencies of the region are Aberavon, Bridgend, Gower, Neath, Ogmore and Swansea East.

Assembly members and Members of the Senedd

1999 Andrew Davies Labour Party
2011 Julie James Labour Party


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.

Welsh Assembly Election 2016: Swansea West[1][2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Julie James 9,014 40.6 −4.7
Conservative Craig Lawton 3,934 17.7 −6.3
Plaid Cymru Dai Lloyd 3,225 14.5 +0.6
UKIP Rosie Irwin 3,058 13.8 +13.8
Liberal Democrats Christopher Holley 2,012 9.1 −7.7
Green Gareth Tucker 883 4.0 +4.0
Socialist Brian Johnson 76 0.3 +0.3
Majority 5,080 22.9 +1.6
Turnout 22,345 40.7 +5.6
Labour hold Swing

Election results

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
Assembly Election 2011[3]
Electorate: 62,345
Turnout: 21,805 (35.1%) −2.1
Labour hold
Majority: 4,654 (21.3%) +17.7
Swing: 4.1% from Conservative to Labour
Julie JamesLabour9,88545.3+13.0
Steve Jenkins Conservative5,23124.0+4.8
Rob Speht Liberal Democrats3,65416.8−9.0
Carl Harris Plaid Cymru3,03513.9−1.7
Assembly Election 2007
Electorate: 61,469
Turnout: 22,879 (37.2%) +4.2
Labour hold
Majority: 1,511 (6.6%) −6.6
Swing: 3.5% from Labour to Conservative
Andrew DaviesLabour7,39332.3−3.9
Peter May Liberal Democrats5,88225.7+7.6
Harri Davies Conservative4,37919.1+3.1
Ian Titherington Plaid Cymru3,58315.7−7.3
Richard Lewis UKIP1,6427.2N/A
Assembly Election 2003
Electorate: 58,749
Turnout: 19,412 (33.0%) −7.0
Labour hold
Majority: 2,562 (13.2%) +5.1
Swing: 0.5%% from Conservative to Labour
Andrew DaviesLabour7,02336.2+1.5
Dai Lloyd Plaid Cymru4,46123.0−3.5
Mike Day Liberal Democrats3,51018.1+3.1
Gerald Rowbottom Conservative3,10616.0+0.6
David C. Evans UKIP1,0405.3+1.2
Leigh Richards Socialist Alliance2721.4+0.3
Assembly Election 1999
Electorate: 59,369
Turnout: 23,727 (40.0%) N/A
Labour win
Majority: 1,926 (8.1%)
Andrew DaviesLabour8,21734.6N/A
Dai Lloyd Plaid Cymru6,29126.5N/A
Paul Harold Valerio Conservative3,64315.4N/A
John Newbury Liberal Democrats3,54314.9N/A
David C. Evans Independent9964.2N/A
John R. Harris People's Representative7743.3N/A
Alec Thraves Socialist Alliance2631.1N/A


  1. Huw Evans (6 May 2016). "Swansea West Constituency Declaration of Poll Result" (PDF). City and County of Swansea. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  2. "Swansea West – Welsh Assembly constituency – Elections 2016". BBC News. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  3. "Wales elections > Swansea West". BBC News. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2011.