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 Swansea West
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Alan Williams Labour 15,644 48.7 -7.5
Margaret Harper Conservative 6,094 19.0 -1.5
Mike Day Liberal Democrat 5,313 16.6 +2.1
Ian Titherington Plaid Cymru 3,404 10.6 +4.0
Richard Lewis UK Independence 653 2.0  
Martyn Shrewsbury Green 626 2.0  
Alec Thraves Socialist Alliance 366 1.1  
Majority 9,550 29.8
Turnout 32,100 56.2 -11.4
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 3.0% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 5.3% from Conservative to Labour

Description
Swansea is a city of around 200,000 people. It was rebuilt after suffering extensive bomb damage during the Second World War. The poet Dylan Thomas famously described Swansea as an "ugly, lovely, town".

The seat comprises Swansea's university (founded 1920, currently 11,000 students) and student district, as well as some of its more prosperous western suburbs. It also includes the St Helens rugby and cricket ground.

The new national maritime and industrial museum will be built in this constituency, to replace the one demolished during the redevelopment of Cardiff Bay. There are also plans for a new national swimming pool. Wales has been without an Olympic sized pool since the demolition of Cardiff's Empire pool to make way for the Millennium Stadium.

Apart from a brief Conservative interlude (1959-1964), this has been a Labour seat since the Second World War. Since 1964, Swansea West has been represented at Westminster by Alan Williams, who had a majority of 35.7% in 1997.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Swansea West
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Alan Williams Labour 22,748 56.2
Andrew Baker Conservative 8,289 20.5
John Newbury Liberal Democrat 5,872 14.5
Dai Lloyd Plaid Cymru 2,675 6.6
David Proctor Socialist Labour 885 2.2
Majority 14,459 35.7
Turnout 40,469 67.6
1999 Welsh Assembly Election
 Swansea West
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Andrew Davies Labour 8,217 34.6
Dai Lloyd Plaid Cymru 6,291 26.4
Paul Valerio Conservative 3,643 15.4
John Newbury Liberal Democrat 3,543 14.9
David Evans Independent 996 4.2
Jack Harris People's Rep 774 3.2
Alec Thraves United Socialist 263 1.1
Majority 1,926 8.2
Turnout 23,727 40.2
 
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