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WOMEN MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR WALES

The National Assembly for Wales, first elected in May 1999, has forty Assembly Members (AMs) elected by first-past-the-post for the same constituencies used at Westminster, and twenty chosen from regional party top-up lists to represent the five regions used in the European Parliament. These additional regional members ensure that the Assembly's party balance reflects the popular vote by giving extra seats to parties whose number of constituency seats is proportionately less than their share of votes. After the 2003 election the Welsh Assembly was ruling the world in terms of female representation with 50% of the AM's being women. However, since teh 2007 election there has been a slight drop although still standing at a respectable 47%. Plaid Cymru controversially place women at the top of the candidate lists helping to ensure a return of female candidates. Labour have an excellent record of female representation with a majority of women in the assembly. . Former women members >>>>

Table 1: Current women AMs (as at 11 March 2011)

Name

Party

Constituency or region

Dates

Barrett, Lorraine

Labour

Cardiff South & Penarth

1999-date

Butler, Rosemary

Labour

Newport West

1999-date

Chapman, Christine

Labour

Cynon Valley

1999-date

Davidson, Jane

Labour

Pontypridd

1999-date

Gregory, Janice

Labour

Ogmore

1999-date

Griffiths, Lesley

Labour

Wrexham

2007-date

Hart, Edwina

Labour

Gower

1999-date

Hutt, Jane

Labour

Vale of Glamorgan

1999-date

James, Irene

Labour

Islwyn

2003-date

Jones, Ann

Labour

Vale of Clwyd

1999-date

Lloyd, Val

Labour

Swansea East

2001-date

Mewies, Sandy

Labour

Delyn

2003-date

Neagle, Lynne

Labour

Torfaen

1999-date

Sinclair, Karen

Labour

Clwyd South

1999-date

Thomas, Gwenda

Labour

Neath

1999-date

Watson, Joyce

Labour

Mid & West Wales

2007-date

Burnham, Eleanor

Liberal Democrat

North Wales

2001-date

German, Veronica

Liberal Democrat

South East Wales

2010-date

Randerson, Jenny

Liberal Democrat

Cardiff Central

1999-date

Williams, Kirsty

Liberal Democrat

Brecon & Radnor

1999-date

Evans, Nerys

Plaid Cymru

Mid & West Wales

2007-date

Jenkins, Bethan

Plaid Cymru

South West Wales

2007-date

Davies, Jocelyn

Plaid Cymru

South Wales East

1999-date

Jones, Helen Mary

Plaid Cymru

Llanelli

2007-date

Jones, Elin

Plaid Cymru

Ceredigion

1999-date

Ryder, Janet

Plaid Cymru

North Wales

1999-date

Wood, Leanne

Plaid Cymru

South Wales Central

2003-date

Burns, Angela

Conservative

Camarthen West & South Pembrokeshire

2007-date

Law, Trish

Independent

Blaenau Gwent

2006-date

Table 2: National Assembly election results by gender and party, 2007

Party

Constituency women AMs

Constituency men AMs

Regional women AMs

Regional men AMs

% Women

Labour

15..

9..

1

1

61.5

Plaid Cymru

2

5

5

3

47

Liberal Democrat

2

1

1

2

50

Conservative

1

4

0

7

8

Other

1

0

0

0

..100

Total

21

19..

7

13..

47



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