Swansea District (UK Parliament constituency)

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Swansea District
Former Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Number of members one
Replaced by Aberavon and Neath
Created from Glamorgan

Swansea District or Swansea District of Boroughs was a borough constituency. It was represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elected one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.


The constituency was created by the Redistribution of Seats Act 1885 for the 1885 general election, and abolished for the 1918 general election. Swansea District was a strongly Liberal constituency, dominated by the tinplate and steel industries, together with coal.


Upon its creation in 1832 the constituency comprised five separate boroughs, Swansea, Neath, Aberavon, Kenfig and Loughor. There were some minor boundary changes in 1868 but the composition of the constituency in terms of boroughs remained the same until 1885.

In 1885, the constituency was split into two, with the central part of Swansea borough forming the Swansea Town constituency, and the northern part of Swansea borough centred on Morriston, together with the four smaller boroughs, forming a constituency which retained Swansea District as its name.


Liberal employers initially held sway over the seat. The first member, Sir Hussey Vivian, had previously represented Glamorgan County since 1857.

General Election 1885: Swansea District


Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Sir Henry Hussey Vivian unopposed
Liberal win (new seat)

In 1886, Vivian briefly joined the Liberal Unionists but was nevertheless returned unopposed and returned to the Gladstonian fold soon after the election.

General Election 1886: Swansea District


Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Unionist Sir Henry Hussey Vivian unopposed
Liberal Unionist gain from Liberal Swing

In 1893 he was succeeded by the Morriston tinplate owner, William Williams. Williams served for only two years before being replaced in 1895 by Brynmor Jones. Jones had strong nonconformist connections but his political career was undistinguished and he concentrated on his legal career.[1]

Members of Parliament[edit]

  • Constituency created (1832)
Election Member Party
1832 John Henry Vivian Liberal
1855 by-election Lewis Llewelyn Dillwyn Liberal
1885 Sir Henry Hussey Vivian Liberal
1886 Liberal Unionist
1887 Liberal
1893 by-election William Williams Liberal
1895 Sir David Brynmor Jones Liberal
1915 by-election Thomas Jeremiah Williams Liberal
1918 constituency abolished

Election results[edit]



  1. ^ Morgan (1960). Morgannwg: 12.