Preseli Pembrokeshire

photo 1The second of the two seats that cover Pembrokeshire, and the seat that contains most of the Pembrokeshire National Park. It covers the northern and western parts of the county. The main settlements in the seat are Haverfordwest, Neyland, St David’s, Milford Haven and Fishguard. This is another seat which despite its rural, and therefore on paper at least, conservative inclined nature, contains a more varied constituency that would appear. The rural and coastal areas and small towns are more likely to support the Conservatives, whilst there are pockets of solid Labour support in the bigger towns such as Haverfordwest, Fishguard and Milford Haven. The northern parts of the constituency are more Welsh speaking and thus more likely to support Plaid Cymru.

This diversity of voters is reflected in the fact that since its creation in 1997 it has been held by both Labour and the Conservatives with Plaid usually posting reasonably healthy totals. In the General Elections of 1997 and 2001 the seat was won by Labour, who finally lost it to the current Conservative MP, Stephen Crabb by 607 votes in 2005. Crabb increased his majority to 4,605 votes in the 2010 General Election.

At the Welsh Assembly it is a similar story. Labour held the seat until 2007, when they lost it to the current Conservative AM, Paul Davies by  3,205 votes. Davies’s majority slid slightly to 2,175 votes at the 2011 Assembly elections. At the Assembly elections Plaid Cymru usually record larger votes than they do at the Westminster elections. Usually in the high teens or low twenties of percentage points.

photo 3The seat contains much of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, and also contains St David’s; Britain’s smallest city. In St David’s is the cathedral which contains the remains of Wales’s patron saint. The city’s status as a city was withdrawn in 1888, but restored at the request of Queen Elizabeth II in 1994. Many of the UK’s most beautiful beaches including Marloes Sands and Whitesands Bay are to be found in the constituency.

2015 General election results

Party Votes Cast Percentage
Crabb, Stephen Conservative 16,383 40.4
Miller, Paul Labour 11,414 28.14
Lillyman, Howard UKIP 4,257 10.5
Overton, Chris ISWSL 3,729 9.19
Osmond, John Plaid Cymru 2,518 6.21
Bryant, Francis Green 1,452 3.58
Tregoning, Nick Liberal Democrat 780 1.92
Maile, Rodney Worth 23 0.06

Conservative majority 4,969 (12.25%) 0.31% swing Labour to Conservative

Electorate 57,291 Turnout: 40,556 (670.79%)

2011 Assembly election results

Party Votes Cast Percentage
Davies, Paul Conservative 11,541 42.40%
Mills, Tony Labour   9,366 34.41%
Sinnett, Rhys Plaid Cymru   4,226 15.53%
Kilmister, Rob Liberal Democrat   2,085   7.66%

Turnout: 22,933 (47.11%)

Conservative hold 2,175majority

 2010 General election results

Party Votes Cast Percentage
Crabb, Stephen Conservative 16,944 42.8
Rees, Mari Labour 12,339 31.2
Tregoning, Nick Liberal Democrat 5,759 14.5
Jones-Davies, Henry Plaid Cymru 3,654 9.2
Lawson, Richard UKIP 906 2.3

Electorate 57,419 Turnout: 39,602 (68.97%)

Assembly Member

Paul Davies (Conservative) was first elected to the Assembly in 2007.  He sits on the three committees, namely the Business committee, Finance Committee and the Committee for the Scrutiny of the First Minister. He was interim leader of his party before being appointed Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group as well as Shadow Minister for Finance.

He’s from Pontsian just outside Llandysul in the County of Ceredigion.  He attended Tregroes Primary school and Llandysul Grammar School and Newcastle Emlyn Comprehensive School.

Prior to his election he was employed by Lloyds TSB as a Business Manager based in Haverfordwest, helping to develop small businesses.

Until March 2009 he served as Shadow Minister for Culture, the Welsh Language and Sport. From March 2009 until the Assembly Election in 2011, Paul held the role of Shadow Minister for Education and the Welsh Language.

Member of Parliament

Stephen Crabb (Conservative) was first elected to Parliament in 2005. He sits in the cabinet as Secretary of State for Wales since July 2014 succeeding David Jones.Previously he was a government whip and a minister in the Welsh Office. In December 2012, Crabb was named ITV Wales ‘Member to Watch’ in the Welsh Political Awards 2012. He has served on the Welsh Affairs Select committee and the International Development Selct Committee and the Treasury committee.

Although born in he and his two brothers were raised by a single mother on a council estate in Pembrokeshire.  He was educated at local state schools in Haverfordwest before going to Bristol University to read politics. He later got an MBA from the London Business School

Crabb started work as a youth worker in inner city south London. But later became a marketing consultant. In 2004 he returned to Pembrokeshire and in 2005 he was elected as the local Member of Parliament. He was the youngest member of the 2005 Conservative intake

He is married with two children.