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Brecon and Radnorshire (Assembly constituency)

HistoryEdit

It has been represented since 1999 by Kirsty Williams, former acting leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats. In the current Labour government she is Cabinet Secretary for Education. Her main opposition in the seat has continuously been the Welsh Conservative Party.

Party averages from 5 elections: Lib Dem – 48.3%, Conservatives – 22.7%, Labour – 12.7%, Plaid Cymru – 8.8%

BoundariesEdit

1999 to 2007Edit

The constituency was created for the first election to the Assembly, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of the Brecon and Radnorshire Westminster constituency. It is entirely within the preserved county of Powys, and one of three Powys constituencies. Also, it is one of eight constituencies in the Mid and West Wales electoral region.

The other Powys constituencies are Montgomeryshire and Clwyd South. Montgomeryshire is also entirely within the preserved county of Powys, and within the Mid and West Wales region. Clwyd South is partly, and mostly, a Clwyd constituency, and within the North Wales electoral region.

The region consists of the eight constituencies of Brecon and Radnorshire, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Llanelli, Meirionnydd Nant Conwy, Montgomeryshire and Preseli Pembrokeshire.

From 2007Edit

Constituency boundaries changed from the 2007 Assembly election, as did regional boundaries. Brecon and Radnorshire remained a Powys constituency, however, and one of eight constituencies in the Mid and West Wales electoral region.

Brecon and Radnorshire is one of two constituencies covering Powys, both entirely within the preserved county, and both within the Mid and West Wales region. The other Powys constituency is Montgomeryshire.

The Mid and West Wales region consists of the constituencies of Brecon and Radnorshire, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Dwyfor Meirionnydd, Llanelli, Montgomeryshire and Preseli Pembrokeshire.

For Westminster purposes, the same new constituency boundaries became effective for the 2010 United Kingdom general election.

Assembly membersEdit

Election Member Party Portrait
1999 Kirsty Williams Liberal Democrat

 

VotingEdit

In general elections for the National Assembly for Wales, each voter has two votes. The first vote may be used to vote for a candidate to become the Assembly Member 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.

ElectionsEdit

Elections in the 2010sEdit

Welsh Assembly Election 2016: Brecon and Radnorshire[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams 15,898 52.4 +9.3
Conservative Gary Price 7,728 25.4 −7.9
Labour Alex Thomas 2,703 8.9 −8.0
UKIP Thomas Turton 2,161 7.1 +7.1
Plaid Cymru Freddy Greaves 1,180 3.9 −2.8
Green Grenville Ham 697 2.3 +2.3
Majority 8,170 27 +17.3
Turnout 30,367 56.5 +3.6
Liberal Democrats hold Swing +8.6
Welsh Assembly Election 2011: Brecon and Radnorshire[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams 12,201 43.0 −9.2
Conservative Christopher Davies 9,444 33.3 −0.3
Labour Chris Lloyd 4,797 16.9 +8.2
Plaid Cymru Gary Price 1,906 6.7 +1.2
Majority 2,757 9.7 −8.9
Turnout 28,348 52.9 +1.0
Liberal Democrats hold Swing −4.5

Elections in the 2000sEdit

Welsh Assembly Election 2007: Brecon and Radnorshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams 15,006 52.2 +2.6
Conservative Suzy Davies 9,652 33.6 +3.7
Labour Neil Stone 2,514 8.7 −2.9
Plaid Cymru Arwel Lloyd 1,576 5.5 +0.5
Majority 5,354 18.6 -1.1
Turnout 28,748 51.9 −1.0
Liberal Democrats hold Swing −0.6
Welsh Assembly Election 2003: Brecon and Radnorshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams 13,325 49.6 +5.0
Conservative Nick Bourne 8,017 29.9 +5.4
Labour David Rees[3] 3,130 11.7 −6.0
Plaid Cymru Brynach Parry 1,329 5.0 −3.1
UKIP Elizabeth Phillips 1,042 3.9 N/A
Majority 5,308 19.7 −0.3
Turnout 28,348 52.9 −4.4
Liberal Democrats hold Swing +0.3

Elections in the 1990sEdit

Welsh Assembly Election 1999: Brecon and Radnorshire[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams 13,022 44.6 N/A
Conservative Nick Bourne 7,170 24.5 N/A
Labour Ian Janes 5,165 17.7 N/A
Plaid Cymru David Petersen 2,356 8.1 N/A
Independent Michael Shaw 1,502 5.1 N/A
Majority 5,852 20.0 N/A
Turnout 29,215 57.3 N/A
Liberal Democrats win (new seat)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wales elections > Brecon & Radnorshire". BBC News. 6 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Wales elections > Brecon & Radnorshire". BBC News. 6 May 2011.
  3. ^ http://www.assembly.wales/en/memhome/Pages/MemberProfile.aspx?mid=205
  4. ^ "Vote 99: Brecon & Radnorshire". BBC News. Retrieved 5 August 2008.