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Martin Caton

Martin Caton, the MP for Gower
Party:
Labour

Constituency:
Gower

Date of birth:
15 June 1951

Telephone:
020 7219 3000

Address:
The House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Political profile:
Martin Caton was elected for the safe Labour seat of Gower in 1997 after more than a decade of service as a researcher to a Labour MEP.

Since then he has established a reputation as one of the more independent-minded and leftish backbenchers, and as an occasional rebel, particularly over cuts in benefits.

He mainly concentrates on constituency issues, with a strong interest in both health and the environment (he is chair of the All Party Group on Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty).

His wider political interests include a committed opposition to nuclear weapons - he is still a member of CND.


TOP THREE PARTIES AT A GLANCE
Labour Labour 47.3%
Conservative Conservative 27.5%
Liberal Democrat Liberal Democrat 12.1%
IN DETAIL
Name Party Votes %
Martin Caton Labour 17,676 47.3
John Bushell Conservative 10,281 27.5
Sheila Waye Liberal Democrat 4,507 12.1
Sian Caiach Plaid Cymru 3,865 10.3
Sandra Shrewsbury Green 607 1.6
Darran Hickery SLP 417 1.1
Majority 7,395
Turnout 63.4%
POLITICAL MAKE UP OF WALES
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