"Swansea West has been represented at Westminster since 1964 by Labour’s Alan Williams, who had a majority of 14,459 at the 1997 General Election. The Conservatives, traditionally the strongest second party in this constituency, and who almost took the seat in the 1979 General Election, were second with 8,289, the Liberal Democrats third on 5,872 and Plaid Cymru fourth on 2,675. The seat comprises Swansea’s university and student district as well as some of its more prosperous western suburbs. It is part of Swansea local authority, whose electors voted Yes at the 1997 devolution referendum by 3,228 votes. Swansea unitary authority is firmly in Labour control, with 52 of the 73 seats in Labour hands. The Liberal Democrats have 7, the Independents 6, and there are 6 Non-Aligned."