Central region

2021 election results for the central region of South Wales

The four members of the Senedd for South Wales Central have been announced.

This is the last result announced in the Senedd elections in 2021.

This region includes Cardiff, Pontypridd, Barry and parts of the Valleys and Vale of Glamorgan.

In 2016, the Conservatives took two, Plaid Cymru one and Ukip one.

Fast forward five years, and two seats went to Tories and two to Plaid Cymru.

Andrew RT Davies, leader of the Welsh Conservatives, was re-elected along with Joel James.

Plaid Cymru won two seats, one for the unsuccessful Cardiff West candidate Rhys ab Owen and the other for Heledd Fychan, who was not elected on the constituency list in Pontypridd.

Who was elected in 2016?

  1. Curator – Andrew RT Davies
  2. Curator – David Melding
  3. Cymru Throw – Neil McEvoy
  4. Ukip – Gareth Bennett

Who was elected in 2021?

  1. Andrew RT Davies (Welsh Conservative)
  2. Rhys ab Owen (Cymru Plaid)
  3. Joel Stephen James (Welsh Conservative)
  4. Heledd Fychan (Cymru Plaid)

The full result

  • Laboratory 102,611 (40.11%, + 6.20%)
  • C 56,622 (22.13%, + 3.88%)
  • CP 46,478 (18.17%, -2.75%)
  • Green 14,478 (5.66%, + 2.22%)
  • DL 11 821 (4.62%, -1.82%)
  • Abolish 8,396 (3.28%, -0.68%)
  • Propel 5,552 (2.17%)
  • UKIP 3,127 (1.22%, -9.14%)
  • Reform 2,244 (0.88%)
  • LNM 1,298 (0.51%)
  • Gwlad 1,098 (0.43%)
  • Comm. Brit 602 (0.24%)
  • Ind 580 (0.23%)
  • TUSC 519 (0.20%, -0.12%)
  • WP 411 (0.16%)
  • Laboratory maj 45,989 (17.98%)
  • 1.16% switch C to Lab
  • Electorate 532,196; Participation 255,837 (48.07%, + 1.36%)

The winning candidates in 2021

Andrew RT Davies

Former Conservative group leader Andrew RT Davies found himself in the driver’s seat in January after Paul Davies resigned for drinking on Senedd’s estate.

A married farmer with four children, he was educated in Porthcawl and Stroud.

He has served as a delegate to the board of the NFU, vice-president of the Young Farmers Club and life governor of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society.

Rhys ab owen



Rhys ab owen

A lawyer who decided to come to Cardiff West after Plaid Cymru kicked out Neil McEvoy, who then created his own, Rhys ab Owen went to Ysgol Glantaf in Cardiff and studied law at the University of Oxford.

He lives in Canton with his wife Manon and their granddaughter Esther. His father was former regional MS Owen John Thomas.

Joel james



Joel james

Joel James is Llantwit Fardre district councilor on the RCT council and leader of the Welsh Conservative group on the council. His LinkedIn page says he previously worked in Westminster and Cardiff Bay as a social worker and “administrator advisor” for a financial adviser. He also studied at Cardiff University and Bristol University, according to his profile.

Heled Fychan



Heled Fychan

Ms. Fychan, 40, lives in Pontypridd with her husband and seven-year-old son.

Originally from Anglesey, she studied at Trinity College, Dublin before moving to London to work for the Plaid Cymru group in Westminster.

Since 2009 she has worked for a cultural organization in Wales and was subsequently elected to the Board of Directors of the Museums Association. In May 2017, she was elected to represent the district of Pontypridd Town on the Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council and Pontypridd City Council.