Labour strengthens position in Assembly elections

6 May 2011

The Welsh Assembly election results showed a swing to the Labour Party with it gaining 30 of the 60 Senedd seats allowing it to govern although still short of a majority.
The taking of 30 seats allowed the party’s Welsh leader Carwyn Jones to become First Minister and to form a Welsh Government Cabinet with Labour AMs filling all the seats.
The Neath Port Talbot area saw Labour consolidate its position in the constituency seats and a mix of Conservative, Plaid and Liberal taking the regional list seats.
The Aberavon constituency saw Labour increase its majority with new AM David Rees taking the seat for the party with 64.11% of the vote and an 8.65% swing from Plaid Cymru.
Gwenda Thomas retained the Neath constituency for Labour but in the regional list seats for South West Wales Plaid Cymru lost one of the two AM seats it held, with Dr Dai Lloyd being the candidate who lost out.
The list elections saw the Conservatives take two of the four seats – with Suzy Davies and Byron Davies (no relation) being the successful candidates – along with Plaid’s Bethan Jenkins and the Liberal Democrats Peter Black regaining their AM positions.
The contest between Peter Black and Plaid’s Dai Lloyd proved to be very close with only a handful of votes deciding the final outcome.
The far-right British National Party had been hoping to make a breakthrough in the area but in the end – despite polling more than the Liberal Democrats in some areas – its results would have been a big blow to the party.
Returning Plaid AM Bethan Jenkins gave her response to Port Talbot MagNet about the results: “I have resolved to work even harder as an Assembly Member, scrutinising and making sure that the decisions that the Welsh Government takes are in the best interests of this region.
“The priority remains the economy in Neath Port Talbot and, linked to that, education. Yes, we have issues with unemployment … but we also have hugely exciting opportunities in the good news that continues to come from Tata Steel in Port Talbot.”

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