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Welsh assembly election
constituency
Swansea East
LAB Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Val LLoyd
LAB
8221
47.2
1.6
Peter Black
LD
4224
24.3
5.2
Dewi Evans
PC
2223
12.8
-14.7
David Robinson
UKIP
1474
8.5
8.5
Peter Morris
CON
1135
6.5
-1.5
Alan Thomson
WSAW
133
0.8
0.8
MAJORITY 
3997
23
TURNOUT 
17567
30.7
-5.7
ELECTORATE
57252

DESCRIPTION: Swansea East
Swansea East was the scene of the only by-election of the assembly’s first term. It followed the death in 2001 of Labour AM Val Feld, a long-time campaigner for devolution who became chair of the assembly’s economic development committee. Three other AMs stepped down from the assembly during its first term, but they were all elected via the regional list and so were replaced by candidates from the same party without a fresh vote. Val Feld was succeeded by Val Lloyd, and although Labour comfortably held the seat, the by-election was characterised by a low turnout of 22% - down on the already low 36% turnout which elected Val Feld was elected, and the cause of much soul-searching by politicians about their relevance long before voters failed in their droves to turn out for the 2001 general election. Plaid Cymru did reasonably well in the first assembly election, in common with many other seats where Labour has traditionally been dominant. But Labour still won fairly easily then, and even more so at the by-election.

Swansea East contains the city's main industrial areas, the docks and several large council estates. The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and Morriston Hospital with its specialist cardiac and burns units, are also here.

The parliamentary seat has been held by Labour since 1922.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 WELSH ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
9495
45.6
PC
5714
27.3
LD
3963
19
CON
1663
8
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
19612
65.2
PC
3464
11.5
LD
3064
10.2
CON
3026
10.1
GRN
463
1.5
UKIP
443
1.5
Vote Wales

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