Aberavon (Welsh: Aberafan) is a constituency of the National Assembly for Wales. It elects one Assembly Member by the first past the post method of election. Also, however, it is one of seven constituencies in the South Wales West electoral region, which elects four additional members, in addition to seven constituency members, to produce a degree of proportional representation for the region as a whole.
Having only elected Labour AMs with huge majority this can be considered a Labour safe seat. Plaid Cymru are Labour's main opposition in the constituency and have been since its creation.
Party averages from 5 elections: Labour - 54.9, Plaid Cymru - 18.4, Conservative - 9.3, Lib Dem - 8.6,
UKIP stood for the first time in this constituency in the 2016 election and finished third with 15.0% of the vote.
The constituency was created for the first election to the Assembly, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of the Aberavon Westminster constituency, and it is entirely within the preserved county of West Glamorgan. Boundaries were unchanged by the review whose proposals come into effect for the 2007 Welsh Assembly election.
The constituency is composed of the Neath Port Talbot electoral divisions: Aberavon, Baglan, Briton Ferry East, Briton Ferry West, Bryn & Cwmavon, Coedffranc Central, Coedffranc North, Coedffranc West, Cymmer, Glyncorrwg, Gwynfi, Margam, Port Talbot, Sandlands East, Sandlands West, and Tai-bach.
In general elections for the National Assembly for Wales, each voter has two votes. The first vote may be used to vote for a candidate to become the Assembly Member for the voter's constituency, elected by the first past the post system. The second vote may be used to vote for a regional closed party list of candidates. Additional member seats are allocated from the lists by the d'Hondt method, with constituency results being taken into account in the allocation.
|Plaid Cymru||Bethan Jenkins||4,176||20.0||+5.2|
|Liberal Democrats||Helen Ceri Clarke||1,248||6.0||-0.8|
|Plaid Cymru||Paul Nicholls-Jones||2,793||14.8||-2.5|
|Liberal Democrats||Helen Ceri Clarke||1,278||6.8||-0.3|
|Plaid Cymru||Linett Purcell||3,558||17.3||-0.4|
|Liberal Democrats||Claire Waller||1,450||7.1||-2.7|
|New Millennium Bean Party||Captain Beany||840||4.1||+4.1|
|Plaid Cymru||Geraint D. Owen||3,324||17.7||-4.6|
|Liberal Democrats||Claire Waller||1,840||9.8||-3.8|
|Conservative||Myr A. Boult||1,732||9.2||+2.3|
|Independent||Gwenno M. Saunders||114||0.6||N/A|
|Plaid Cymru||Janet Davies||5,198||22.3||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats||Keith Davies||3,165||13.6||N/A|
|Conservative||Mary E. Davies||1,624||7.0||N/A|
|Labour win (new seat)|