The South West England Assembly was established in 1999 after Tony Blair's government announced devolution for most of the UK.
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Logo of the Assembly from 1999 to 2009

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Current Party Composition of the Assembly


The Assembly was promised in August 1997 after numerous protrests about the discrimimation of the South West of England as Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland were promised devolution during the 1997 election campaign. The first election took place in May 1999 and took place every 4 years in the first week of May after. However, they now take place every 5 years still in the first week of May. Between 1999 and 2011, there were 45 members but after a boundary review after the 2005 election, the number of members were increased to 48.


The Assembly decides what to do with the following

  • Economy
  • Transport
  • Environment
  • Health
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Police and Crime
  • Communities and Local Government

In September 2014, the government announced that it would cede Taxation and Social Security to all devolved parliaments and assemblies.


First Minister

List of First Ministers
Party Picture Name Length
Liberal Democrats
Richard Younger-Ross MP at Bournemouth
Richard Younger-Ross 6th May 1999 - 10th May 2001
Liberal Democrats
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Steve Gilbert 11th May 2001 - 6th May 2003
Lord Coe - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2012 cropped
Sebastian Coe 6th May 2003 - 4th November 2005
Andrea Davis 5th November 2005 - present

Deputy First Minister

List of Deputy First Ministers
Party Picture Name Length
Jim Knight 6th May 1999 - 13th May 2001
Alison Seabeck 14th May 2001 - 5th May 2003

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