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New independent vote advice website launched for 2021 Senedd election

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A new interactive website has been launched to help voters in the upcoming Senedd election identify how their policy preferences line up with the stances of political parties and candidates.

The free myVoteChoice website is part of a collaborative project led in Wales by Swansea University’s Dr Matthew Wall, involving researchers from Oxford Brookes, the University of Bath, the University of Surrey, and the University of Zurich.

The website allows Welsh voters to explore how their opinions on key election issues correspond with the positions of parties and candidates through a set of 28 questions, developed with an advisory board of experts on Welsh politics.

It then produces individualised results in several graphical displays providing users with information including how close they are in terms of policy preferences to parties and candidates in their constituency, and they can explore these results question-by-question. The site also places users on a political map, showing how close they are to parties and candidates on ideological scales.  

Funded by the British Academy and Leverhulme Small Research Grants scheme, myVoteChoice is a strictly not-for-profit project and is not associated or affiliated to any political party or organisation.

Dr Matthew Wall, Associate Professor of Politics in Swansea University’s Department of Political and Cultural Studies said: “The idea of myVoteChoice is quite straightforward. It asks 28 policy questions that are at the centre of the political debate in Wales. Our research team has secured answers on these questions from the major Welsh parties as well as over 85 individual candidates. When voters visit the website, the website provides a unique ‘match’ output which shows how closely their opinions align with the parties’ policy positions as well as with candidates in their constituency.

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“The site is focused on topics that are at the heart of the Senedd election, including health, Covid-19 policy, education, transport, the Welsh economy, and the environment – as well as devolution itself.”

This site encourages people to vote by giving them confidence to understand how their vote relates to key debates that affect their daily lives, said Dr Wall.

“Politics can seem intimidating and confusing but that can’t be an excuse with this site. Anyone can answer these 28 questions and decide where they stand on the main topics of the election. The project is designed particularly with new voters in mind – this will be the first time that 16- and 17-year-olds have the vote here in Wales. It’s made to inspire people to think more deeply about politics and policy and to have the confidence to cast their vote on 6 May.”

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Senedd21: LIVE Election Results for Swansea Bay

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The count is underway where 40 Members of the Senedd (MS) representing constituencies and 20 Members representing five large regions will be elected.

In Swansea Bay, there are 5 constituencies – Aberavon, Neath, Swansea East, Swansea West and Gower in the South Wales West region, and 4 constituencies – Llanelli, Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, and Preseli Pembrokeshire in the Mid and West Wales constituency.

We’ll be updating this page with the latest Senedd election results as they come in. Refresh the page for the latest updates.

Aberavon
Incumbent: David Rees (Labour)

Result: LABOUR HOLD | David Rees (Labour)
Turnout: 42.59%

Neath
Incumbent: Jeremy Miles (Labour)

Result: LABOUR HOLD | Jeremy Miles (Labour)

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Swansea East
Incumbent: Mike Hedges (Labour)

Result: LABOUR HOLD | Mike Hedges (Labour)
Turnout: 35.66%

Swansea West
Incumbent: Julie James (Labour)

Result: LABOUR HOLD | Julie James (Labour)
Turnout: 40.45%

Gower
Incumbent: Rebecca Evans (Labour)

Result: LABOUR HOLD | Rebecca Evans (Labour)
Turnout: 52.66%

Llanelli
Incumbent: Lee Waters (Labour)

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Result: LABOUR HOLD | Lee Waters (Labour)
Turnout: 47.98%

Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Incumbent: Adam Price (Plaid Cymru)

Result: PLAID CYMRU HOLD | Adam Price (Plaid Cymru)

Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire
Incumbent: Angela Burns (Conservative)

Result: CONSERVATIVE HOLD | Samuel Kurtz (Conservative)
Turnout: 52.12%

Preseli Pembrokeshire
Incumbent: Paul Davies (Conservative)

Result: CONSERVATIVE HOLD | Paul Davies (Conservative)
Turnout: 51.79%

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South Wales West Region
Incumbent: Suzy Davies (Conservative)
Incumbent: Dai Lloyd (Plaid Cymru)
Incumbent: Bethan Sayed (Plaid Cymru)
Incumbent: Caroline Jones (UKIP / Brexit / Ind)

Results:
CONSERVATIVE HOLD: Thomas Giffard (Conservative)
CONSERVATIVE GAIN: Altaf Hussain (Conservative)
PLAID CYMRU HOLD: Sioned Ann Williams (Plaid Cymru)
PLAID CYMRU HOLD: Luke Fletcher (Plaid Cymru)

Mid and West Wales Region
Incumbent: Neil Hamilton (UKIP)
Incumbent: Eluned Morgan (Labour)
Incumbent: Joyce Watson (Labour)
Incumbent: Helen Mary Jones (Plaid Cymru)

Results:
LIBERAL DEMOCRAT GAIN: Jane Dodds (Liberal Democrats)
LABOUR HOLD: Eluned Morgan (Labour)
LABOUR HOLD: Joyce Watson (Labour)
PLAID CYMRU HOLD: Cefin Campbell (Plaid Cymru)

(Lead image: Swansea Council)

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Swansea Bay heads to the polls for the Senedd and Police and Crime Commissioner elections

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Polling stations right across the Swansea Bay region opened at 7am with people voting to elect members of the Senedd as well as police and crime commissioners.

16 and 17 year olds and foreign nationals living in Wales are also able to vote for the first time – but only in the Senedd election.

Voters are encouraged to bring their own pens or pencils to fill in their ballot papers, but there will also be pens available at polling stations.

There are two ballot papers for the Senedd election – one to choose a constituency member and the other to elect a regional list member.

In the constituency vote, the candidate with the most votes wins, known as the ‘first past the post’ system – the same as the UK general elections.

In the regional vote, people are elected according to the share of the vote, a mathematical formula that discounts party’s that have already won constituency seats.

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In the police and crime commissioner election, you can vote for a first and second choice candidate.

A candidate needs at least 50% of the vote to win, otherwise all candidates except the top two are eliminated. If your candidate is eliminated, then your second choice is counted.

In Swansea, there are also two council bi-elections taking place – in Castle Ward and Llansamlet Ward.

In Mumbles, there’s two community council bi-elections as well – in Mayals Ward and Oystermouth Ward.

Polls close at 10pm.

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Still struggling to decide who to vote for?

We asked all candidates standing for the Senedd what they would bring to their communities if elected. You can take a look at what they told us on our election pages.

Counting starts on Friday 7 May for the Senedd elections, and Sunday 9 May for the Police and Crime Commissioner vote.

We’ll have all the results for you as they’re announced here on Swansea Bay News.

(Lead image: Swansea Council / Dyfed Powys Police)

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