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Carmarthen East and Dinefwr (Assembly constituency)

Carmarthen East and Dinefwr is a constituency of the National Assembly for Wales. It elects one Assembly Member by the first past the post method of election. Also, however, it is one of eight constituencies in the Mid and West Wales 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.

Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
National Assembly for Wales county constituency
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr (Assembly constituency).svg
Mid and West Wales (National Assembly for Wales electoral region).svg
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr shown within the Mid and West Wales electoral region and the region shown within Wales
Current National Assembly for Wales county constituency
Created1999
PartyPlaid Cymru
AMAdam Price
Preserved countyDyfed

It had been held since its formation in 1999 by the Plaid Cymru politician, Rhodri Glyn Thomas until his retirement in 2016. It is now held by Plaid Cymru politician Adam Price.

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BoundariesEdit

1999 to 2007Edit

The constituency was created for the first election to the Assembly, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of the Carmarthen East and Dinefwr Westminster constituency. It was a Dyfed constituency, one of five constituencies covering, and entirely within, the preserved county of Dyfed.

The other four Dyfed constituencies were Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Llanelli and Preseli Pembrokeshire. They were all within the Mid and West Wales electoral region.

The region consisted 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

The constituency includes the whole of 41 Carmarthenshire communities (Abergwili; Ammanford; Betws; Cenarth; Cilycwm; Cwmamman; Cynwyl Gaeo; Dyffryn Cennen; Gorslas; Llanarthney; Llanddarog; Llanddeusant; Llandeilo; Llandovery; Llandybie; Llandyfaelog; Llanegwad; Llanfair-ar-y-bryn; Llanfihangel Aberbythych; Llanfihangel-ar-Arth; Llanfihangel Rhos-y-Corn; Llanfynydd; Llangadog; Llangathen; Llangeler; Llangunnor; Llangyndeyrn; Llanllawddog; Llanllwni; Llansadwrn; Llansawel; Llanwrda; Llanybydder; Llanycrwys; Manordeilo and Salem; Myddfai; Newcastle Emlyn; Pencarreg; Quarter Bach; St Ishmael; Talley).

Boundaries changed for the 2007 Assembly election. Carmarthen East and Dinefwr remains one of five Dyfed constituencies and one of eight constituencies in the Mid and West Wales region. However, boundaries within Dyfed changed, to realign them with local government ward boundaries and to reduce the disparities in the sizes of constituency electorates, and the boundaries of the region changed, to align them with the boundaries of preserved counties.

The other four Dyfed constituencies are, again, Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Llanelli and Preseli Pembrokeshire, all within the Mid and West Wales electoral region.

The 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 will become effective for the 2010 United Kingdom general election.

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.

Assembly membersEdit

ElectionsEdit

Elections in the 2010sEdit

Welsh Assembly Election 2016: Carmarthen East and Dinefwr[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Adam Price 14,427 48.5   3.6
Labour Steve Jeacock 5,727 19.2   10.8
Conservative Matthew Paul 4,489 15.1   5.2
UKIP Neil Hamilton 3,474 11.7   11.7
Liberal Democrats William Powell 837 2.8   2
Green Freya Amsbury 797 2.7   2.7
Majority 8,700 29.3
Turnout 53.7   2.4
Plaid Cymru hold Swing   7.2
Welsh Assembly Election 2011: Carmarthen East and Dinefwr[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Rhodri Glyn Thomas 12,501 44.9   8.6
Labour Antony Jones 8,353 30.0   5.5
Conservative Henrietta Hensher 5,635 20.2   4.3
Liberal Democrats Will Griffiths 1,339 4.8   1.2
Majority 4,148 14.9   14.0
Turnout 27,828 51.3   3.6
Plaid Cymru hold Swing   7.1

Elections in the 2000sEdit

Welsh Assembly Election 2007: Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Rhodri Glyn Thomas 15,655 53.5   5.0
Labour Kevin Madge 7,186 24.6   6.7
Conservative Henrietta Hensher 4,676 16.0   2.6
Liberal Democrats Ian Walton 1,752 6.0   1.0
Majority 8,469 28.9   11.7
Turnout 29,269 55.7   6.2
Plaid Cymru hold Swing   5.9
Welsh Assembly Election 2003: Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Rhodri Glyn Thomas 12,969 48.5   4.6
Labour Anthony Cooper 8,355 31.2   0.5
Conservative Harri Lloyd Davies 3,576 13.4   4.9
Liberal Democrats Steffan John 1,866 7.0   0.2
Majority 4,614 17.2   4.2
Turnout 26,766 49.5   11.4
Plaid Cymru hold Swing   2.1

Elections in the 1990sEdit

Welsh Assembly Election 1999: Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Rhodri Glyn Thomas 17,328 53.1 N/A
Labour Chris Llewelyn 10,348 31.7 N/A
Conservative Helen Stoddart 2,776 8.5 N/A
Liberal Democrats Juliana Hughes 2,202 6.7 N/A
Majority 6,980 21.4 N/A
Turnout 32,654 61.0 N/A
Plaid Cymru win (new seat)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wales elections > Carmarthen East and Dinefwr". BBC News. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Wales elections > Carmarthen East and Dinefwr". BBC News. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2011.

Coordinates: 51°56′N 4°06′W / 51.933°N 4.100°W / 51.933; -4.100