Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney (Senedd constituency)

Coordinates: 51°45′04″N 3°18′40″W / 51.751°N 3.311°W / 51.751; -3.311

Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney (Welsh: Merthyr Tudful a Rhymni) is a constituency of the Senedd. It elects one Member of the Senedd by the first past the post method of election. Also, however, it is one of eight constituencies in the South Wales East 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.

Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Merthyr Tudful a Rhymni
Senedd county constituency
for the Senedd
MerthyrTydfilRhymney2007Constituency.svg
Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney as one of the 40
Senedd constituencies
Current Senedd county constituency
Created1999
PartyWelsh Labour
MSDawn Bowden
Electoral regionSouth Wales East

BoundariesEdit

The constituency was created for the first election to the Assembly, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of the Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney Westminster constituency.

The other seven constituencies of the South Wales East electoral region are Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Islwyn, Monmouth, Newport East, Newport West and Torfaen.

VotingEdit

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.

Assembly members and Members of the SeneddEdit

Election Member Party Portrait
1999 Huw Lewis Labour Co-op  
2016 Dawn Bowden Labour Co-op  

ElectionsEdit

Elections in the 2020sEdit

2021 Senedd election: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney[1][2]
Party Candidate Constituency Regional
Votes % ±% Votes % ±%
Labour Dawn Bowden[a] 13,009 61.5  14.3
Plaid Cymru Ian Gwynne 3,698 17.5  0.5
Conservative Donna Gavin 2,665 12.6  6.2
Abolish the Welsh Assembly Hugh Moelwyn Hughes 656 3.1 New
Liberal Democrats Jez Becker 420 2.0  3.4
UKIP George Alexandrov Pykov 382 1.8  18.9
Reform UK Colin Jones 324 1.5 New
Communist
Gwlad
No More Lockdowns
Propel
TUSC
Majority 9,311 44.0  14.5
Turnout 21,154 34.5[3]
Labour hold Swing
Notes
  1. ^ Incumbent member for this constituency

Elections in the 2010sEdit

Welsh Assembly Election 2016: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Dawn Bowden 9,763 47.2 -7.1
UKIP David Rowlands 4,277 20.7 New
Plaid Cymru Brian Thomas 3,721 18.0 +9.2
Conservative Elizabeth Simon 1,331 6.4 +0.1
Liberal Democrats Bob Griffin 1,122 5.4 -7.4
Green Julie Colbran 469 2.3 New
Majority 5,486 25.5 -11.0
Turnout 20,683 38.5 +3.2
Labour hold Swing -13.9
Welsh Assembly Election 2011: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Huw Lewis 10,483 54.3 +17.2
Independent Tony Rogers 3,432 17.8 New
Liberal Democrats Amy Kitcher 2,480 12.8 −2.4
Plaid Cymru Noel Turner 1,701 8.8 −3.2
Conservative Chris O'Brien 1,224 6.3 +0.8
Majority 7,051 36.5 +14.7
Turnout 19,320 35.3 −3.6
Labour Co-op hold Swing

Elections in the 2000sEdit

Welsh Assembly Election 2007: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Huw Lewis 7,776 37.0 −23.5
Liberal Democrats Amy Kitcher 3,195 15.2 +8.0
Independent Clive Tovey 2,622 12.5 New
Plaid Cymru Glyndwr Jones 2,519 12.0 −4.2
Independent Jeff Edwards 1,915 9.1 New
Conservative Giles Howard 1,151 5.5 −2.9
Independent Jock Greer 844 4.0 New
Independent Vivienne Elliott-Hadley 809 3.8 New
Independent Richard D.M. Williams 162 0.8 New
Majority 4,518 21.8 −22.5
Turnout 20,993 38.9 +6.1
Labour Co-op hold Swing −15.8
Welsh Assembly Election 2003: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Huw Lewis 11,148 60.5 +16.6
Plaid Cymru Alun G. Cox 2,988 16.2 −10.9
Conservative John L. Prosser 1,539 8.4 +3.4
Independent Neil Greer 1,423 7.7 New
Liberal Democrats John A. Ault 1,324 7.2 +0.5
Majority 8,160 44.3 +27.5
Turnout 18,422 32.8 −12.1
Labour Co-op hold Swing +13.8

Elections in the 1990sEdit

Welsh Assembly Election 1999: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Huw Lewis 11,024 43.9 N/A
Plaid Cymru Alun G. Cox 6,810 27.1 N/A
Independent Tony Rogers 3,746 14.9 N/A
Liberal Democrats Elwyn Jones 1,682 6.7 N/A
Conservative Carole M. Hyde 1,246 5.0 N/A
Socialist Alliance Michael Jenkins 580 2.3 N/A
Majority 4,214 16.8 N/A
Turnout 25,088 44.9 N/A
Labour Co-op win (new seat)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney Statement of Persons Nominated
  2. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election/2021/wales/constituencies/W09000044
  3. ^ Morgan, Lucy; Thomas, Gareth; Davies, Owain; Wilkes, Joe (18 May 2021). "Election 2021: how many people voted?". senedd.wales. Retrieved 24 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Wales elections > Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney". BBC News. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Wales elections > Merthyr Tydfil". BBC News. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2011.