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 Gower
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Martin Caton Labour 17,676 47.3 -6.5
John Bushell Conservative 10,281 27.5 +3.7
Sheila Waye Liberal Democrat 4,507 12.1 -0.9
Sian Caiach Plaid Cymru 3,865 10.3 +5.2
Tina Shrewsbury Green 607 1.6  
Darran Hickery Socialist Labour 417 1.1  
Majority 7,395 19.8
Turnout 37,353 63.4 -11.7
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 5.1% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 0.8% from Labour to Conservative

Description
The seat comprises the scenic holiday area of the predominantly English-speaking Gower peninsula combined with the inland industrial area of the Lliw Valley. The latter includes the working class communities of Gorseinon, Pontardulais and Pontardawe, which have a high number of Welsh speakers.

The Gower Peninsula was the first area of Britain to be designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (in 1956) and tourism is a major employer. This seat also contains the "Mumbles", named after the huge rocks which protrude out into Swansea Bay.

This is a popular seaside resort and has a large prosperous residential area in it; the Welsh actress Catherine Zeta Jones is one of the most famous daughters of the area.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Gower
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Martin Caton Labour 23,313 53.8
Alun Cairns Conservative 10,306 23.8
Howard Evans Liberal Democrat 5,624 13.0
Elwyn Williams Plaid Cymru 2,226 5.1
Richard Lewis Referendum 1,745 4.0
Anthony Popham Independent 122 0.3
Majority 13,007 30.0
Turnout 43,336 75.1
1999 Welsh Assembly Election
 Gower
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Edwina Hart Labour 9,813 35.4
Dyfan Jones Plaid Cymru 6,653 24.0
Aled Jones Conservative 3,912 14.1
Howard Evans Liberal Democrat 3,260 11.7
Richard Lewis Independent 2,307 8.3
Ioan Richard People's Rep 1,755 6.3
Majority 3,160 11.4
Turnout 27,700 47.6
 
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