There are a number of political parties registered to the Electoral Commission in Wales. Some of these parties have elected representation in the Senedd (Welsh Parliament; Welsh: Senedd Cymru) and/or in Westminster (UK Parliament) and some have elected representation in one or more of the 22 Welsh local authorities, while others have entirely no elected representation. This Wikipedia page lists all of the above and some relevant Welsh political parties that formerly existed but have since disbanded. The largest political parties typically reside[clarification needed] in either the House of Commons or the Senedd, the current largest party in Wales is Welsh Labour, followed closely by the Welsh Conservatives and Plaid Cymru.

House of Commons/Senedd

House of Commons

The Parliament of the United Kingdom is a legislative body in the United Kingdom and creates primary legislation.[1] There are two chambers within the Parliament of the United Kingdom: the House of Commons (the elected chamber) and the House of Lords. This article focuses on the House of Commons. Three parties have elected representatives in that house (MPs): Welsh Labour, Welsh Conservatives and Plaid Cymru. The constituencies are due to change for the 2024 general election.[2]

Senedd

The Senedd was formed under the Government of Wales Act 1998, by the Labour government, following a referendum in 1997. It was given greater powers under the 2011 Welsh devolution referendum. In 2021, four parties have elected representatives in the Senedd: Welsh Labour, Welsh Conservatives, Plaid Cymru and Welsh Liberal Democrats.

House of Commons/Senedd parties

Party Translation Leader Political position Ideology MSs MPs Local government Membership[a]
Welsh Labour[b] Welsh: Llafur Cymru
Mark Drakeford (cropped).jpg
Mark Drakeford Centre-left Social democracy
Democratic socialism
British unionism
30 / 60
22 / 40
524 / 1,254
22,000[3]
Welsh Conservatives Welsh: Ceidwadwyr Cymreig
Andrew R. T. Davies 2011 (cropped).jpg
Andrew RT Davies Centre-right Conservatism
Economic liberalism
British unionism
16 / 60
14 / 40
111 / 1,254
Unknown
Plaid Cymru English: Party of Wales
Adam Price 2016 (cropped).jpg
Adam Price Centre-left to left-wing Welsh nationalism
Welsh independence
Democratic socialism
Social democracy
Environmentalism
Regionalism
Civic nationalism
13 / 60
4 / 40
202 / 1,254
10,100[4]
Welsh Liberal Democrats Welsh: Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol Cymru
Jane Dodds, Brecon (2019) (cropped).jpg
Jane Dodds Centre to centre-left Liberalism
Social liberalism
British unionism
Pro-Europeanism
1 / 60
0 / 40
69 / 1,254
3,133[5]

Local government

Several parties in Wales have no national representation, but have elected representation at the local government level.

County councils

Party Translation Elected members of local government Political position Ideology
Wales Green Party[6] Welsh: Plaid Werdd Cymru 8[7][8] Left-wing Green politics
Progressivism
Pro-Europeanism
Llantwit First Independents Welsh: Annibynwyr Cyntaf Llantwit 4 (Vale of Glamorgan Council) N/A Localism
Uplands Party[9] Welsh: Plaid Uplands 4 (Swansea Council) N/A Localism
Newport Independents Party Welsh: Plaid Annibynwyr Casnewydd 3 (Newport City Council) N/A Localism
Propel 1 (Cardiff Council) None[10] Welsh nationalism
Welsh independence
Localism
Sovereignism
Anti-nuclearism
Gwlad English: Country 1 (Ceredigion County Council) Centre-right[11] Welsh nationalism
Welsh independence

Community and town councils

Party Translation Elected members of local government Political position Ideology
Gwlad English: Country 2 Centre-right[12] Welsh nationalism
Welsh independence

Council control

This section needs to be updated. Please help update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. (May 2022)
Council Control Web Total LAB PC CON LD GP Other Vacant
Blaenau Gwent LAB maj URL 33 22 11[w 1]
Bridgend LAB maj URL 51 26 2 1 22[w 2]
Caerphilly LAB maj URL 69 45 18 6[w 3]
Cardiff LAB maj URL 79 55 2 11 10 1[w 4]
Carmarthenshire PC maj URL 75 23 38 14[w 5]
Ceredigion PC maj URL 38 21 7 10[w 6]
Conwy NOC IND+PC+LAB URL 55 11 7[w 7] 10 4 1 22[w 8]
Denbighshire NOC LAB+PC URL 48 19 8 6 1 2 12[w 9]
Flintshire NOC LAB min (LD support) URL 67 31 2 4[w 10] 30[w 11]
Gwynedd PC maj URL 69 1 44 1 23[w 12]
Isle of Anglesey PC maj URL 35 3 21 1 10[w 13]
Merthyr Tydfil NOC IND+LAB URL 30 15[w 14] 15[w 15]
Monmouthshire NOC LAB min URL 46 22 18 1 5[w 16]
Neath Port Talbot NOC IND+PC URL 58 25 12 2 1 18[w 17]
Newport LAB maj URL 51 35 7 1 1 7[w 18]
Pembrokeshire IND maj URL 60 7 6 11 1 35[w 19]
Powys NOC LD+LAB URL 68 9[w 20] 3 14 24[w 21] 1 17[w 22]
Rhondda Cynon Taf LAB maj URL 75 47 17 3 8[w 23]
Swansea LAB maj URL 75 45 7 11 1 11[w 24]
Torfaen LAB maj URL 40 30 10[w 25]
Vale of Glamorgan NOC LAB+IND URL 54 25 8 13 8[w 26]
Wrexham NOC IND+CON URL 56 14 9 9 1 23[w 27]
Total 1,254 523 203 111 69 8 369 1

Parties with no elected representation

Notable registered parties

Party Translation Political position Ideology
Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party Welsh: Plaid Diddymu Cynulliad Cymru Single-issue Welsh Parliament abolition
Anti-devolution
No More Lockdowns Welsh: Dim Mwy O Gloi Lawr N/A Anti-lockdown
Reform UK Welsh: Diwygio DU Right-wing Right-wing populism
Euroscepticism
Social Democratic Party Syncretic Social democracy
Social conservatism
Communitarianism
Euroscepticism
Socialist Party Wales[13] Welsh: Plaid Sosialaidd Cymru[13] Far-left[14] Revolutionary socialism
Trotskyism
Marxism
The Cynon Valley Party Welsh: Parti Cwm Cynon N/A Localism
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) Left-wing[15][16] to far-left[17] Socialism
Trade unionism
UK Independence Party Welsh: Plaid Annibyniaeth y DU Right-wing to far-right Euroscepticism
Right-wing populism
National conservatism
Economic liberalism
British nationalism
Welsh Christian Party Welsh: Plaid Gristnogol Cymru Right-wing[18] Christian right
Social conservatism
British unionism
Euroscepticism
Communist Party of Britain Far-left[19] Communism
Marxism–Leninism
Women's Equality Party Welsh: Plaid Cydraddoldeb Merched Feminism
Pro-Europeanism

Defunct parties

See also

Notes

  1. ^ 11 Independents
  2. ^ 21Independents
  3. ^ 6 Independents
  4. ^ 1 Propel
  5. ^ 14 Independents
  6. ^ 9 Independents and 1 Gwlad
  7. ^ 1 ex-Independent
  8. ^ 23 Independents including 1 ex-Plaid, 2 ex-Conservative
  9. ^ 12 Independents
  10. ^ Includes 1 Independent who sits with the Lib Dems Group
  11. ^ 30 Independent Alliance including Plaid Cymru and Independents
  12. ^ 23 independents, 6 Llais Gwynedd
  13. ^ 10 Independents
  14. ^ 1 ex-Independent
  15. ^ 15 Independents
  16. ^ 5 Independents
  17. ^ 18 Independents leading administration
  18. ^ 7 Independents, 4 Non aligned & 3 Newport Independents
  19. ^ 13 Independents, 22 non-aligned
  20. ^ 1 ex-Conservative
  21. ^ 1 ex-Conservative
  22. ^ 30 Independents
  23. ^ 7 Independents including 1 ex-Lib Dem, 1 Cynon Valley Party
  24. ^ 11 Independents, 4 non-aligned Uplands Party
  25. ^ 10 Independents
  26. ^ 8 dependents, 4 Llantwit Independents and 1 non-aligned in administration with Labour, 4 non-aligned.
  27. ^ 23 Independents, 21 ruling Independent Group & 2 non-aligned
  1. ^ Political parties are under no legal obligation to publish membership statistics and there is no uniformly recognised definition of membership.
  2. ^ Some candidates stand as Labour and Co-operative joint candidates due to an electoral alliance with the Co-operative Party.

References

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  2. ^ "Major changes to cut number of Welsh MPs published". BBC News. 8 September 2021.((cite news)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
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  14. ^ WalesOnline (11 August 2003). "New Welsh Socialist dawn?". WalesOnline. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
  15. ^ Waugh, Paul (20 September 2019). "Harriet Harman Urged To Pull Out Of Commons Speaker Race By Local Labour Party". Huffpost. Retrieved 7 April 2020. The motion by Nick Wrack, who was readmitted to Labour after standing against Harman for the left-wing TUSC party four years ago, cites the precedent of Tories warning they would stand a candidate against John Bercow if he stayed on.
  16. ^ Prest, Victoria (18 April 2015). "Trade Union and Socialist Party (TUSC) to contest eight seats in York council elections". The Press. Retrieved 7 April 2020. The left-wing party Trade Union and Socialist Party (TUSC) is fielding eight would-be councillors for seats on City of York Council, as well as a parliamentary candidate in York Central.
  17. ^ Cohen, Tamara (2 June 2017). "Can far-left fringe parties make a difference to Labour's election push?". Sky News. Retrieved 7 April 2020. Britain's largest far-left party, the Trade Union Socialist Coalition (TUSC), founded by the late Bob Crow, is standing no candidates this year.
  18. ^ "Former Llan'dod mayor stands for Christian Party in General Election". County Times. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
  19. ^ Barberis, Peter; McHugh, John; Tyldesley, Mike (2000). "Far Left". Encyclopedia of British and Irish Political Organizations: Parties, Groups and Movements of the 20th Century. London: A&C Black. p. 145. ISBN 0826458149.
  20. ^ People First - Gwerin Gyntaf (De-registered 03/11/16), The Electoral Commission. Retrieved 2018-09-23.