2003 National Assembly for Wales election

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All 60 seats to the National Assembly for Wales
31 seats needed for a majority
Turnout38.2% Decrease7.8%
  First party Second party Third party
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Leader Rhodri Morgan Ieuan Wyn Jones Nick Bourne
Party Labour Plaid Cymru Conservative
Leader's seat Cardiff West Ynys Môn Mid and West Wales
Last election 28 seats 17 seats 9 seats
Seats won 30 12 11
Seat change Increase2 Decrease5 Increase2
Constituency Vote 340,515 180,185 169,832
% and swing 40.0% Increase2.4% 21.2% Decrease7.2% 19.9% Increase4.1%
Regional Vote 310,658 167,653 162,725
% and swing 36.6% Increase1.2% 19.7% Decrease10.8% 19.2% Increase2.7%

  Fourth party Fifth party
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Leader Michael German John Marek
Party Liberal Democrats JMIP
Leader's seat South Wales East Wrexham
Last election 6 seats Did not contest
Seats won 6 1
Seat change Steady New party
Constituency Vote 120,250 8,749
% and swing 14.1% Increase0.6% 1.0% (N/A)
Regional Vote 108,013 11,008
% and swing 12.7% Increase0.2% 1.3% (N/A)

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The left side shows constituency winners of the election by their party colours. The right side shows regional winners of the election for the additional members by their party colours.

First Minister before election

Rhodri Morgan

First Minister after election

Rhodri Morgan

The 2003 National Assembly for Wales election was the second general election to the National Assembly for Wales. It was held on 1 May 2003. The election was characterised by a resurgence for the Labour Party, whilst Plaid Cymru saw a reduction in support and the number of Assembly Members they returned. Having won thirty seats, one short of a majority, Labour chose to govern in minority without a coalition partner.[1]

This election also saw the returning of John Marek as an independent member of the Assembly. Of the 60 members elected, 30 were male and 30 were female.

It was held on the same day as the 2003 Scottish Parliament election and 2003 United Kingdom local elections.

Party leaders in 2003

National vote

Welsh Assembly election, 2003[2]
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Parties Additional member system Total seats
Constituency Region
Votes % +/− Seats +/− Votes % +/− Seats +/− Total +/− %
Labour 340,515 40.0 +2.4 30 +3 310,658 36.6 +1.2 0 −1 30 +2 50.0
Plaid Cymru 180,185 21.2 −7.2 5 −4 167,653 19.7 −10.8 7 −1 12 −5 20.0
Conservative 169,832 19.9 +4.1 1 0 162,725 19.2 +2.7 10 +2 11 +2 18.3
Liberal Democrats 120,250 14.1 +0.6 3 0 108,013 12.7 +0.2 3 0 6 0 10.0
Green 30,028 3.5 +1.0 0 0 0 0
UKIP 19,795 2.3 N/A 0 0 29,427 3.5 N/A 0 0 0 0
John Marek Independent Party 8,749 1.0 N/A 1 +1 11,008 1.3 N/A 0 0 1 +1 1.7
Socialist Labour 410 0.0 N/A 0 0 10,358 1.2 +0.2 0 0 0 0
Cymru Annibynnol 6,466 0.8 N/A 0 0 0 0
Mid and West Wales Pensioners Party 3,968 0.5 N/A 0 0 0 0
BNP 3,210 0.4 N/A 0 0 0 0
ProLife Alliance 239 0.0 N/A 0 0 2,183 0.3 N/A 0 0 0 0
Vote 2 Stop the War Party 1,729 0.2 N/A 0 0 0 0
Communist 1,099 0.1 0.0 0 0 0 0
New Millennium Bean Party 289 0.0 N/A 0 0 1,027 0.1 N/A 0 0 0 0
Independent 5,215 0.6 -2.4 0 0 0 0
Tinker Against the Assembly Party 2,201 0.3 N/A 0 0 0 0
Socialist Alliance 1,554 0.2 N/A 0 0 0 0
Socialist Alternative 1,193 0.1 N/A 0 0 0 0
Caerphilly Constituency Independents 930 0.1 N/A 0 0 0 0
  Total 851,357 40   849,552   20 60  

Votes summary

Regional Vote
Plaid Cymru
Liberal Democrats
Parliament seats
Plaid Cymru
Liberal Democrats

Constituency and Regional Summary

Mid and West Wales

National Assembly for Wales election, 2003: Mid and West Wales
Constituency Elected member Result
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr Rhodri Glyn Thomas Plaid Cymru hold
Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire Christine Gwyther Labour hold
Ceredigion Elin Jones Plaid Cymru hold
Llanelli Catherine Thomas Labour gain
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy Dafydd Elis-Thomas Plaid Cymru hold
Montgomeryshire Mick Bates Liberal Democrats hold
Preseli Pembrokeshire Tamsin Dunwoody Labour hold
Brecon and Radnorshire Kirsty Williams Liberal Democrats hold
Conservative Party Cymru Annibynnol Green Party of England and Wales Labour Party Liberal Democrats Mid & West Wales Pensioners Plaid Cymru ProLife Alliance UKIP Vote No 2 Stop the War
1. Nick Bourne Mick Grail Dorienne Robinson Cherry Short Kirsty Williams Vera Jenner Helen Mary Jones Sara Jeremy Mrs. Elizabeth F. Phillips Adrienne Morgan
2. Glyn Davies Debra Tester Molly Scott-Cato Tamsin Dunwoody Mick Bates Andrew Jacob Delyth Richards Ruth Davies Iain Sheldon Nina Minnigan
3. Lisa Francis Timothy Foster Christine Gwyther Steffan John David Senior Dominica Roberts Clive Easton Robin Benson
4. O.J. Williams Reg Taylor Catherine Thomas John Davies Siôn Jobbins Thomas Robberts David Rowlands Jennifer Keal
5. Paul Davies Christopher Cato Anthony Cooper Ken Harris Paul Sambrook David Bellamy
6. Harri Lloyd Davies David Rees Mary Megarry Siân Thomas
7. David Thomas Rhianon Passmore
8. Gareth Jones Rina Clarke
9. Eddie Woodward

North Wales

National Assembly for Wales election, 2003: North Wales
Constituency Elected member Result
Alyn and Deeside Carl Sargeant Labour hold
Caernarfon Alun Ffred Jones Plaid Cymru hold
Clwyd South Karen Sinclair Labour hold
Clwyd West Alun Pugh Labour hold
Conwy Denise Idris Jones Labour gain
Delyn Sandy Mewies Labour hold
Vale of Clwyd Ann Jones Labour hold
Wrexham John Marek JMIP gain
Ynys Môn Ieuan Wyn Jones Plaid Cymru hold
Communist Party of Britain Conservative Party Cymru Annibynnol Green Party of England and Wales John Marek Independent Party Labour Party Liberal Democrats Plaid Cymru UKIP
1. Glyn Davies Brynle Williams Owain Williams Klaus Armstrong-Braun John Marek Lesley Griffiths Eleanor Burnham Janet Ryder Elwyn Williams
2. David Morgan Mark Isherwood Dafydd Ifan John Walker Marc Jones Carl Seargeant Nick Bennett Liz Saville Edwina Theunissen
3. Mike Green Janet Finch-Saunders Jeremy Hart Colin Jones Sandy Mewies Bobby Feeley Dyfed Edwards John Walker
4. Albie Fox Wilfred Hastings Karen Sinclair Graham Rees Eilian Williams Francis Wykes
5. Darren Miller Gilly Boyd Wycliffe Barrett Carole O'Toole Paul Rowlinson
6. Guto Bebb Jim Killock Ann Jones Thomas Rippeth Richard Coombs
7. Peter Rogers Alun Pugh
8. Matt Wright Denise Idris Jones
9. Goronwy Edwards Gerwyn Jones
10. Martin Eaglestone

South Wales Central

National Assembly for Wales election, 2003: South Wales Central
Constituency Elected member Result
Cardiff South and Penarth Lorraine Barrett Labour hold
Cardiff West Rhodri Morgan Labour hold
Cynon Valley Christine Chapman Labour hold
Pontypridd Jane Davidson Labour hold
Rhondda Leighton Andrews Labour gain
Vale of Glamorgan Jane Hutt Labour hold
Cardiff Central Jenny Randerson Liberal Democrats hold
Cardiff North Sue Essex Labour hold
Communist Party of Britain Conservative Party Cymru Annibynnol Green Party of England and Wales Labour Party Liberal Democrats New Millennium Bean Party Plaid Cymru ProLife Alliance Socialist Labour Party UKIP Vote No 2 Stop the War
1. Robert David Griffiths Jonathan Morgan Rev. Christopher Davies John Matthews Rhodri Morgan Jenny Randerson Captain Beany Leanne Wood Anne Savoury Cerian Screen Peter Gracia Sura Altikriti
2. Fran Rawlings David Melding Sophia Flouter Lynn Farr Lorraine Barrett Rob Humphreys Owen John Thomas Madeleine Jeremy Morfudd Marsden Don Hulston John Cox
3. Dominic MacAskill Dianne Rees William Cross Jan Tucker Sikiru Fahm Rodney Berman Chris Franks Josephine Quintaville Kenneth Evans Frank Hughes John Palmer
4. Gwen Griffiths Jayne Cowan Raymond Lloyd Sylvia Latham Sue Essex John Dixon Carole Willis Anna Wilkins Helen Walker David Brown Alastair Couper
5. Daniel Thomas Paul Beswick Jane Davidson Jacqui Gasson Eluned Bush Susan Deare Phillip Kingston
6. Craig Piper Christine Chapman Nilmini De Silva Delme Bowen George Crabbe
7. Paul Williams Jane Hutt
8. Heather Douglas Leighton Andrews
9. Geoff Mungham

South Wales East

National Assembly for Wales election, 2003: South Wales East
Constituency Elected member Result
Islwyn Irene James Labour gain
Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney Huw Lewis Labour hold
Monmouth David Thomas Charles Davies Conservative hold
Blaeuau Gwent Peter Law Labour hold
Newport East John Griffiths Labour hold
Newport West Rosemary Butler Labour hold
Torfaen Lynne Neagle Labour hold
Caerphilly Jeffrey Cuthbert Labour hold
British National Party Conservative Party Cymru Annibynnol Green Party of England and Wales Labour Party Liberal Democrats Plaid Cymru ProLife Alliance Socialist Labour Party UKIP
1. Pauline Gregory David Thomas Charles Davies Catherine Lloyd Peter Varley Peter Law Michael James German Jocelyn Davies Joseph Anthony Biddulph Arthur Scargill David J Rowlands
2. William Graham Gareth Roberts Anne Were Neil McEvoy Ed Townsend Lindsay Whittle Norman Plaisted Paul Adam Neal Reynolds
3. Laura Anne Jones Susan Price Owen Clarke John Griffiths Alison Willott Mohammed Asghar Fiona Pinto Hayley O'Rourke Roger Thomas
4. Nick Ramsay Andrew Broad Ernest Hamer Lynne Neagle Philip Hobson Gill Jones Thomas Flynn Robert Morris Hugh Moelwyn Hughes
5. John Prosser Geraldine Layton Rosemary Butler Rob Roffe Joanne Daniels Mary Millington
6. Barrie O'Keefe Teresa Telfer Huw Lewis Huw Price Aneurin Preece Reehana Sayeed
7. Terri-Anne Matthews Matt Wootton Jeff Cuthbert
8. Matthew Evans Siân James

South Wales West

National Assembly for Wales election, 2003: South Wales West
Constituency Elected member Result
Aberavon Brian Gibbons Labour hold
Gower Edwina Hart Labour hold
Neath Gwenda Thomas Labour hold
Ogmore Janice Gregory Labour hold
Swansea East Val Lloyd Labour hold
Swansea West Andrew Davies Labour hold
Bridgend Carwyn Jones Labour hold
Conservative Party Cymru Annibynnol Green Party of England and Wales Labour Party Liberal Democrats Plaid Cymru ProLife Alliance Socialist Labour Party UKIP
1. Alun Cairns Rev. Christopher Davies Martyn Shrewsbury Brian Gibbons Peter Black Janet Davies Gerardo Brienza Christopher Herriott Richard Lewis
2. Gerald Rowbottom Gwendolen MacKay Jan Cliff Janice Gregory Cheryl Green Dai Lloyd Sean Haran Liz Screen Alan Robinson
3. Chris Smart Pedr Lewis Rhodri Griffiths Val Lloyd Mike Day Alun Llewelyn Gillian Duval Peter Greenslade Tim Jenkins
4. Myr Boult Stephen Curry Steve Clegg Parvaiz Ali Nick Tregoning Siân Caiach Karolina Stolarska Gary Davies David Evans
5. Peter Morris Deborah James Carwyn Jones Jackie Radford Richard Williams
6. Richard Hill Tony Young Edwina Hart Eirian Arwyn
7. Stephen James Gwenda Thomas
8. Andrew Thomas

See also


  1. ^ McCallister, L. (2004) Steady State or Second Order? The 2003 National Assembly Elections for Wales, Political Quarterly, p. 65
  2. ^ "The National Assembly for Wales elections 2003 - The official report and results" (PDF). electoralcommission.org.uk. November 2003.