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Encyclopedia > National Assembly for Wales election, 2003

The National Assembly for Wales election, 2003, was the second general election to the National Assembly for Wales. It was held on May 1, 2003. A general election is an election in which all or most members of a given political body are up for election. ... Regional proportion of Yes vote in the 1997 referendum. ... Motto: (Welsh for Wales forever) Anthem: Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau Capital Cardiff Largest city Cardiff Official language(s) Welsh, English Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister of the UK Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Rhodri Morgan AM Unification    - by Gruffudd ap Llywelyn 1056  Area    - Total 20,779... May 1 is the 121st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (122nd in leap years). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


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. The Labour Party has been, since its founding in the early 20th century, the principal political party of the left in the United Kingdom. ... Plaid Cymru (pronounced IPA: ) – The Party of Wales, is the principal nationalist political party in Wales. ...


This election also saw the returning of John Marek as an independent member of the Assembly. Dr John Marek (born 24 December 1940), is the leader of the Welsh political party Forward Wales. ...

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Party Leaders in 2003

The Labour Party is a centre-left or social democratic political party in Britain (see British politics), and one of the United Kingdoms three main political parties. ... Rhodri Morgan, pictured while on an eve of poll visit during the National Assembly of Wales election in 2003. ... Plaid Cymru (pronounced IPA: ) – The Party of Wales, is the principal nationalist political party in Wales. ... Ieuan Wyn Jones (born 22 May 1949) is a Welsh politician, and leader of Plaid Cymrus group in the National Assembly for Wales. ... The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative & Unionist Party) is currently the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), and the largest in terms of public membership. ... Nick Bourne, Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales and Leader of the Conservative Group in the National Assembly for Wales Born in 1952, Nick was educated at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was President of Cambridge University Lawyers and Treasurer of Cambridge University... The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, are a liberal political party based in the United Kingdom. ... Michael German (born 1945) is leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, and Member of the Welsh Assembly for South Wales East Region. ...

National Vote

  • Overall turnout - 38.2%

First-Past-the-Post results

Welsh Assembly election, 2003
Party Seats Gains Losses Net Gain/Loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/-
  Labour 30 4 1 +3 75 40.0 340,535 +2.44
  Plaid Cymru 5 0 4 -4 12.5 21.2 180,185 -7.22
  Conservative 1 0 0 0 2.5 19.9 169,842 +4.08
  Liberal Democrats 3 0 0 0 7.5 14.1 120,250 +0.68
  UK Independence 0 0 0 0 0 2.3 19,795
  John Marek Independent Party 1 0 0 +1 0 1.0 8,749
  Independent 0 0 0 0 0 0.5 5,101
  Tinker Against the Assembly 0 0 0 0 0 0.3 2,201
  Socialist Alliance 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 1,554
  Socialist Alternative 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 1,193
  Caerphilly Ind 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 930
  Socialist Labour 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 410
  Captain Beany 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 289
  ProLife Alliance 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 239
  Annibynnol Cymru 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 114

Swing from Plaid Cymru to Labour of 4.83%

The First Past the Post electoral system, is a voting system for single-member districts. ... The Labour Party has been, since its founding in the early 20th century, the principal political party of the left in the United Kingdom. ... Plaid Cymru (pronounced IPA: ) – The Party of Wales, is the principal nationalist political party in Wales. ... The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative & Unionist Party) is currently the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), and the largest in terms of public membership. ... The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, are a liberal political party based in the United Kingdom. ... The United Kingdom Independence Party (commonly known as UKIP, pronounced //) is a libertarian free market British political party. ... The John Marek Independent Party (JMIP) is a political party in North Wales. ... The Welsh Socialist Alliance was a socialist political organisation in Wales. ... The Socialist Party is a Trotskyist political party active in England and Wales and part of the Committee for a Workers International. ... The Socialist Labour Party (SLP) is a small left-wing political party in the United Kingdom. ... ProLife, otherwise The ProLife Party and formerly The ProLife Alliance is a minor political party in the United Kingdom. ...

  • Total votes cast - 851,387

Additional Member System Results

Party Votes Seats Loss/Gain Share of Vote (%)
Labour 310,658 0 -1 36.6
Plaid Cymru 167,653 7 -1 19.7
Conservative 162,725 10 +2 19.2
Liberal Democrats 108,013 3 0 12.5
Green 30,028 0 0 3.5
UK Independence 29,427 0 0 3.4
John Marek 11,008 0 0 1.2
Socialist Labour 10,358 0 0
Independent Wales 6,466 0 0
Pensioners 3,968 0 0
British National 3,210 0 0
ProLife Alliance 2,183 0 0
Vote 2 Stop The War 1,729 0 0
Communist 1,099 0 0
Captain Beany 1,027 0 0
  • Total votes cast - 849,552

The Additional Member System (AMS) is a voting system in which some representatives are elected from geographic constituencies and others are elected under proportional representation from party lists. ... The Labour Party has been, since its founding in the early 20th century, the principal political party of the left in the United Kingdom. ... Plaid Cymru (pronounced IPA: ) – The Party of Wales, is the principal nationalist political party in Wales. ... The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative & Unionist Party) is currently the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), and the largest in terms of public membership. ... The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, are a liberal political party based in the United Kingdom. ... The Green Party of England and Wales (GPEW) is the principal Green political party in England and Wales. ... The United Kingdom Independence Party (commonly known as UKIP, pronounced //) is a libertarian free market British political party. ... The John Marek Independent Party (JMIP) is a political party in North Wales. ... The Socialist Labour Party (SLP) is a small left-wing political party in the United Kingdom. ... This article is about the modern party. ... ProLife, otherwise The ProLife Party and formerly The ProLife Alliance is a minor political party in the United Kingdom. ... The Communist Party of Britain, which claims to have around 900 members, is the largest Communist party in the United Kingdom. ...

Assembly Members returned

Party Seats Loss/Gain Share of seats (%) Share of vote (%)
Labour 30 +2 50.0 36.6
Plaid Cymru 12 -5 20.0 19.7
Conservative 11 +2 18.3 19.2
Liberal Democrats 6 0 10.0 12.5
John Marek 1 +1 1.7 1.2
Green 0 0 0 3.5
UK Independence 0 0 0 3.4
Other 0 0 0 3.9
Total 60 0 100 100

The Labour Party has been, since its founding in the early 20th century, the principal political party of the left in the United Kingdom. ... Plaid Cymru (pronounced IPA: ) – The Party of Wales, is the principal nationalist political party in Wales. ... The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative & Unionist Party) is currently the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), and the largest in terms of public membership. ... The Liberal Democrats, often shortened to Lib Dems, are a liberal political party based in the United Kingdom. ... The John Marek Independent Party (JMIP) is a political party in North Wales. ... The Green Party of England and Wales (GPEW) is the principal Green political party in England and Wales. ... The United Kingdom Independence Party (commonly known as UKIP, pronounced //) is a libertarian free market British political party. ...

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