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 Swansea East
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Donald Anderson Labour 19,612 65.2 -10.2
John Ball Plaid Cymru 3,464 11.5 +8.1
Robert Speht Liberal Democrat 3,064 10.2 +1.3
Paul Morris Conservative 3,026 10.1 +0.8
Tony Young Green 463 1.5  
Tim Jenkins UK Independence 443 1.5  
Majority 16,148 53.7
Turnout 30,072 52.5 -14.9
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 9.2% from Labour to Plaid Cymru
Lab-Con (against 1997) 5.5% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 17.7% from Plaid Cymru to Labour

Description
An historically safe Labour seat in Wales's second city. Held by the party since 1922, the Westminster seat has been represented since 1974 by Donald Anderson, who had a massive majority of 66.1% in 1997. This was the third safest Labour seat in Wales in 1997.

The seat contains the city's main industrial areas, the docks and several large council estates.

Swansea, whose electors voted Yes at the 1997 devolution referendum by 3,228 votes, offered to house the National Assembly for Wales in 1998, after negotiations to secure Cardiff's City Hall failed. Swansea's bid also failed a few weeks later, when the then Secretary of State Ron Davies opted for Cardiff Bay.

The Driving and Vehicle Licensing Centre (DVLC), and the Morriston Hospital which has specialist cardiac and burns units, are located in this constituency.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Swansea East
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Donald Anderson Labour 29,151 75.4
Catherine Dibble Conservative 3,582 9.3
Elwyn Jones Liberal Democrat 3,440 8.9
Michelle Pooley Plaid Cymru 1,308 3.4
Catherine Maggs Referendum 904 2.3
Ronnie Job Socialist Party 289 0.7
Majority 25,569 66.1
Turnout 38,674 67.4
1999 Welsh Assembly Election
 Swansea East
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Val Feld Labour 9,495 45.6
John Ball Plaid Cymru 5,714 27.3
Peter Black Liberal Democrat 3,963 19.0
Bill Hughes Conservative 1,663 8.0
Majority 3,781 18.3
Turnout 20,835 36.4
 
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