Bridgend 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.HistoryBridgend can be considered a relatively safe Labour seat. The Current First Minister Carwyn Jones has been the AM since the creation of the assembly. The current Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns contested the seat in 1999 and 2003.Party averages from 5 elections: Labour - 44.3%, Conservative - 26.8%, Plaid Cymru - 12.2%, Lib Dem - 11.1%UKIP achieved 14.6% at the 2016 election.BoundariesThe constituency was created for the first election to the Assembly, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of the Bridgend Westminster constituency. It is partly within the preserved county of Mid Glamorgan and partly within the preserved county of South Glamorgan.