Swansea West (Assembly constituency)

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Swansea West
Welsh Assembly borough constituency
Swansea West shown as one of the 40
Welsh Assembly constituencies
Created: 1999
Electoral region: South Wales West
AM: Julie James
Party: Labour
Preserved county: West Glamorgan

Swansea West 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 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.


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.


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.

Welsh Assembly Election 2016: Swansea West[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Craig Lawton
Labour Julie James
Liberal Democrat
Plaid Cymru Dai Lloyd

Election results

Election Political result Candidate Party Votes % ±%
Assembly Election 2011
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 James Labour 9,885 45.3 +13.0
Steve Jenkins Conservative 5,231 24.0 +4.8
Rob Speht Liberal Democrats 3,654 16.8 −9.0
Carl Harris Plaid Cymru 3,035 13.9 −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 Davies Labour 7,393 32.3 −3.9
Peter May Liberal Democrats 5,882 25.7 +7.6
Harri James Lloyd Davies Conservative 4,379 19.1 +3.1
Ian Richard Titherington Plaid Cymru 3,583 15.7 −7.3
Richard David Lewis UKIP 1,642 7.2 N/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 Davies Labour 7,023 36.2 +1.5
Dr Dai Lloyd Plaid Cymru 4,461 23.0 −3.5
Mike Day Liberal Democrats 3,510 18.1 +3.1
Gerald Rowbottom Conservative 3,106 16.0 +0.6
David C. Evans UKIP 1,040 5.3 +1.2
Leigh Richards Socialist Alliance 272 1.4 +0.3
Assembly Election 1999
Electorate: 59,369
Turnout: 23,727 (40.0%) N/A
Labour win
Majority: 1,926 (8.1%)
Andrew Davies Labour 8,217 34.6 N/A
Dr Dai Lloyd Plaid Cymru 6,291 26.5 N/A
Paul H. Valerio Conservative 3,643 15.4 N/A
John Newbury Liberal Democrats 3,543 14.9 N/A
David C. Evans Independent 996 4.2 N/A
John R. Harris People's Representative 774 3.3 N/A
Alec Thraves Socialist Alliance 263 1.1 N/A


  1. "Wales elections > Aberavon". BBC News. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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