Elections in Wales

In addition to community councils, Wales has elections to four tiers of government: 22 unitary local authorities, the National Assembly for Wales, the United Kingdom Parliament and the European Parliament.

Local governmentEdit

 
The results of the most recent local elections, showing control party by council (left), and largest party by ward (right).

There are elections to 22 unitary authorities across Wales every four years, most recently on 4 May 2017. The electoral system currently used is First Past The Post. Key unitary authorities are Cardiff, Newport and Swansea councils, which all lie in the southern coastal belt.

National Assembly for WalesEdit

The National Assembly for Wales has existed since 1999, after Welsh voters narrowly approved it in the 1997 devolution referendum. It is based in Cardiff Bay, and there are elections every five years for 60 Assembly Members (AMs). Voters have two votes: 40 AMs are elected by the First Past The Post system in individual constituencies, and a further 20 AMs are elected by the Regional Top-Up system in which voters vote by region. The regions are South Wales East, South Wales Central, South Wales West, Mid and West Wales and North Wales. Each region elects four AMs, to achieve approximately proportional representation overall.

Latest electionEdit

Past elections and referendumsEdit

UK ParliamentEdit

 
Map of the 2019 election results.
 
Map of the 2017 election results.

Wales has been eligible to send MPs to Westminster since the Laws in Wales Act 1535. Between then and 1885, most constituencies were categorised as county or borough constituencies; each sent one MP to Westminster. As the Industrial Revolution took hold there were many calls for reform (particularly in towns such as Merthyr Tydfil). Parliament eventually allowed the new towns to vote, and this introduced the first Labour MPs. The first leader of the Labour Party in Parliament, Keir Hardie, was one of the two MPs for Merthyr Tydfil. The following table shows the composition of Wales' Westminster MPs since 1885.

Year Conservative Labour Liberal Democrat/
Liberal
Plaid Cymru Independent Liberal Unionist Independent Labour Others
1885 4 - 29 - - - - 1
1886 6 - 26 - - 1 - 1
1892 3 - 30 - - - - 1
1895 8 - 24 - - 1 - 1
1900 6 1 26 - - 1 - 1
1906 - 1 28 - - - 1 -
Jan 1910 2 5 27 - - - - -
Dec 1910 3 6 26 - - - 1 -
1918 4 10 19 - - - - 20
1922 6 18 2 - - - 1 9
1923 4 19 11 - - - - 2
1924 9 16 11 - - - - -
1929 1 25 10 - - - - -
1931 6 15 5 - - - 1 9
1935 6 18 8 - - - - 4
1945 3 25 7 - - - - 1
1950 3 27 5 - - - - 1
1951 5 27 3 - - - - 1
1955 5 27 3 - - - - 1
1959 6 27 2 - - - - 1
1964 6 28 2 - - - - -
1966 3 32 1 - - - - -
1970 7 27 1 - - - 1 -
Feb 1974 8 24 2 2 - - - -
Oct 1974 8 23 2 3 - - - -
1979 11 22 1 2 - - - -
1983 14 20 2 2 - - - -
1987 8 24 3 3 - - - -
1992 6 27 1 4 - - - -
1997 - 34 2 4 - - - -
2001 - 34 2 4 - - - -
2005 3 29 4 3 1 - - -
2010 8 26 3 3 - - - -
2015 11 25 1 3 - - - -
2017 8 28 - 4 - - - -
2019 14 22 - 4 - - - -

Detailed BreakdownsEdit

2010Edit

Party Candidates Seats Seats
change
Votes % %
change
Labour 40 26  4 531,601 36.2  6.5
Conservative 40 8  5 382,730 26.1  4.7
Liberal Democrats 40 3  1 295,164 20.1  1.7
Plaid Cymru 40 3  1 165,394 11.3  1.3
UKIP 40 0 0 35,690 2.4  1.0
BNP 19 0 0 23,088 1.6  1.5
Independent 0 0 15,339 1.0
Blaenau Gwent PV 1 0  1 6,458 0.4
Green 10 0 0 6,293 0.4  0.1
Christian 0 0 1,947 0.1
Socialist Labour 4 0 0 1,155 0.0
New Millennium Bean Party 1 0 0 558 0.0
National Front 1 0 0 384 0.0
Monster Raving Loony 2 0 0 352 0.0
TUSC 2 0 0 341 0.0
Communist 1 0 0 196 0.0
Alliance for Green Socialism 1 0 0 127 0.0
Turnout: 1,446,690 64.9

2005Edit

Party Candidates Seats Seats
change
Votes % %
change
Labour 29  5 594,821 42.7  5.9
Conservative 3  3 297,830 21.4  0.4
Liberal Democrats 4  2 256,249 18.4  4.6
Plaid Cymru 3  1 174,838 12.6  1.7
UKIP 0   20,297 1.5
Green 0   7,144 0.5
Forward Wales 0   3,461 0.2
Legalise Cannabis 0   1,772 0.1
BNP 0   1,689 0.1
Socialist Labour 0   1,605 0.1
Veritas 0   1,437 0.1
Respect 0   643 0.0
Liberal 0   605 0.0
Socialist Alliance 0   557 0.0
Communist 0   440 0.0
Yourself 0   284 0.0
Bean Party 0   159 0.0
Independent 1  1 28,888 2.3
Turnout: 1,392,719 62.4

2001Edit

Party Candidates Seats Seats
change
Votes % %
change
Labour 40 34   666,956 48.6  6.1
Conservative 40 0   288,623 21.0  1.4
Plaid Cymru 40 4   195,893 14.3  4.4
Liberal Democrats 2   189,254 13.8  1.5
UKIP 0   12,552 0.9
Green 0   3,753 0.3
Socialist Labour 0   2,805 0.2
Socialist Alliance 0   2,258 0.2
ProLife Alliance 0   1,609 0.1
Communist 0   384 0.0
BNP 0   278 0.0
Others   7,959 0.6
Turnout: 1,372,324 61.6

European ParliamentEdit

Wales is a constituency in European Parliament elections.

2019Edit

List Candidates Votes Percentage
Brexit Party Nathan Gill,

James Wells,

Gethin James,

Julie Price,

271,404[1] 32.5
Plaid Cymru Jill Evans,

Carmen Smith,

Patrick McGuinness,

Ioan Bellin,

Conservative Party Dan Boucher,

Craig Lawton,

Fay Jones,

Tomos Davies,

Labour Party Jackie Jones,

Matthew Dorrance,

Mary Wimbury,

Mark Whitcutt,

Liberal Democrats Sam Bennett,

Donna Lalek,

Alistair Cameron,

Andrew Parkhurst,

UKIP Kris Hicks,

Keith Edwards,

Tom Harrison,

Robert McNeil-Wilson,

Change UK Jon Owen Jones,

June Davies,

Matthew Paul,

Sally Stephenson,[2]

Green Anthony Slaughter,

Ian Chandler,

Ceri Davies,

Duncan Rees,

[3]

2014Edit

European Election 2014: Wales
List Candidates Votes % ±
Labour Derek Vaughan
Jayne Bryant, Alex Thomas, Christina Rees[4][5]
206,332 28.15 +7.9
UKIP Nathan Gill
James Cole, Caroline Jones, David Rowlands[5][6]
201,983 27.55 +14.8
Conservative Kay Swinburne
Aled Davies, Dan Boucher, Richard Hopkin[5][7]
127,742 17.43 −3.8
Plaid Cymru Jill Evans
Marc Jones, Stephen Cornelius, Ioan Bellin[5][8][9]
111,864 15.26 −3.3
Green Pippa Bartolotti, John Matthews, Chris Were, Rosemary Cutler[5][10][11] 33,275 4.54 −1.0
Liberal Democrats Alec Dauncey, Robert Speht, Jackie Radford, Bruce Roberts[5] 28,930 3.95 −6.7
BNP Mike Whitby, Laurence Reid, Jean Griffin, Gary Tumulty[5] 7,655 1.04 −4.4
Britain First Paul Golding, Anthony Golding, Christine Smith, Anne Elstone[5] 6,633 0.9 0.00
Socialist Labour Andrew Jordan, Katherine Jones, David Lloyd Jones, Liz Screen[5] 4,459 0.61 −1.2
NO2EU Robert Griffiths, Claire Job, Steve Skelly, Laura Picand[5] 2,803 0.38 −0.9
Socialist (GB) Brian Johnson, Richard Cheney, Ed Blewitt, Howard Moss[5][12] 1,384 0.19 0.00
Turnout 733,060 31.5 +1.1

2009Edit

European Election 2009: Wales[13][14]
List Candidates Votes % ±
Conservative Kay Swinburne
Evan Price, Emma Greenow, David Chipp
145,193 21.2 +1.8
Labour Derek Vaughan
Lisa Stevens, Rachel Maycock, Leighton Veale
138,852 20.3 −12.2
Plaid Cymru Jill Evans
Eurig Wyn, Ioan Bellin, Natasha Asghar
126,702 18.5 +1.1
UKIP John Bufton
David Bevan, Kevin Mahoney, David Rowlands
87,585 12.8 +2.3
Liberal Democrats Alan Butt Phillip, Kevin O'Connor, Nick Tregoning, Jackie Radford 73,082 10.7 +0.2
Green Jake Griffiths, Kay Roney, Ann Were, John Matthews 38,160 5.6 +2.0
BNP Ennys Hughes, Laurence Read, Clive Bennett, Kevin Edwards 37,114 5.4 +2.5
Christian Jeffrey Green, David Griffiths, Alun Owen, John Harrold 13,037 1.9 N/A
Socialist Labour Robert English, Richard Booth, Liz Screen, Judith Sambrook 12,402 1.8 N/A
NO2EU Robert Griffiths, Rob Williams, Laura Picand, Trevor Jones 8,600 1.3 N/A
Jury Team Paul Sabanskis, James Eustace, Neil Morgan, Steven Partridge 3,793 0.6 N/A
Turnout 684,520 30.4 −11.0

2004Edit

European Election 2004: Wales[15]
List Candidates Votes % ±
Labour Glenys Kinnock, Eluned Morgan
Gareth Williams, Gwennan Jeremiah
297,810
(148,905)
32.5 +0.6
Conservative Jonathan Evans
Owen Williams, Felicity Elphick, Albert Fox
177,771 19.4 −3.3
Plaid Cymru Jill Evans
Jon Blackwood, Eilian Williams, Gwenllian Lansdown
159,888 17.4 −12.2
UKIP David Rowlands, Clive Easton, Elizabeth Phillips, Timothy Jenkins 96,677 10.5 +7.4
Liberal Democrats David John Williams, Alison Goldsworthy, Nicholas Tregoning, Nilmini Priyanga de Silva 96,116 10.5 +2.3
Green Martyn Shrewsbury, Molly Scott Cato, David Bradney, Dorienne Robinson 32,761 3.6 +1.0
BNP John Walker, Pauline Gregory, James Roberts, Mark Stringfellow[16] 27,135 3.0 N/A
Forward Wales Ron Davies, Wendy Paintsil, Janet Williams, Graham Jones 17,280 1.9 N/A
Christian Democratic Party Catherine Smith, Christine West, Joseph Biddulph, Robert Evans 6,821 0.7 N/A
Respect Helen Griffin, Huw Williams, Raja Gul Raiz, Taran O'Sullivan 5,427 0.6 N/A
Turnout 917,686 41.4 +12.4

1999Edit

European Election 1999: Wales[17]
List Candidates Votes % ±
Labour Glenys Kinnock, Eluned Morgan
Joe Wilson, Gareth Williams, Jane Hutt
199,690
(99,845)
31.9 N/A
Plaid Cymru Jill Evans, Eurig Wyn
Marc Phillips, Susanna Perkins, Owain Llywelyn
185,235
(92,617.5)
29.6 N/A
Conservative Jonathan Evans
Chris Butler, Owen John Williams, Robert Buckland, Edmund Hayward
142,631 22.8 N/A
Liberal Democrats Roger Roberts, Peter Price, Alistair Cameron, Juliana Hughes, John Dixon 51,283 8.2 N/A
UKIP Dai Rees, Niall Warry, Idris Richard Francis, Alan Barham, David Lloyd 19,702 3.1 N/A
Green Molly Scott Cato, Klaus Armstrong-Braun, Sue Walker, Rachel Kalela, John Matthews 16,146 2.6 N/A
Pro-Euro Conservative William Powell, Jennifer Harris, Antonio Fernandes-Vidal, Alan Morris, Christopher Hodgkinson 5,834 0.9 N/A
Socialist Labour Elizabeth Screen, Darren Hickery, Stephen Bell, Miriam Bowen, George Tafarides 4,283 0.7 N/A
Natural Law David Hughes, Brian Francis, Helen Evans, Andrea Jarman, John Ashforth 1,621 0.3 N/A
Turnout 626,425 29.0 N/A

1994Edit

Party Seats Seats
change
Votes % %
change
Labour 5  1 530,749 55.86  6.93
Plaid Cymru 0   162,478 17.10  4.21
Conservative 0   138,349 14.56  8.89
Social and Liberal Democrats 0   82,480 8.68  5.46
Green 0   19,413 2.04  9.11
Natural Law 0 6,081 0.64
UKIP 0 5,536 0.58
Independent 0 2,729 0.29
Socialist Alliance 0 1,270 1.33
Communist 0 1,073 0.11
Turnout: 950,158

1989Edit

Party Seats Seats
change
Votes % %
change
Labour 4  1 436,730 48.93  4.1
Conservative 0  1 209,313 23.45  1.91
Plaid Cymru 0   115,062 12.89  0.69
Green 0   99,546 11.15  10.64
Social and Liberal Democrats 0   28,785 3.22  14.18
SDP 0 3,153 0.35
Turnout: 892,589

1984Edit

Party Seats Seats
change
Votes % %
change
Labour 3   375,982 44.53  2.83
Conservative 1   214,086 25.36  10.98
Alliance 0   146,947 17.40  7.79
Plaid Cymru 0   103,031 12.20  0.41
Ecology 0 4,266 0.51
Turnout: 844,312

1979Edit

Party Seats Seats
change
Votes % %
change
Labour 3 294,978 41.70
Conservative 1 257,029 36.34
Plaid Cymru 0 83,399 11.79
Liberal 0 67,962 9.61
Independent 0 4,008 0.57
Turnout: 707,376

See alsoEdit

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