Swansea West (UK Parliament constituency)

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Not to be confused with Swansea West (Assembly constituency).
Swansea West
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Swansea West in Wales.
Preserved county West Glamorgan
Electorate 62,769 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1918
Member of Parliament Geraint Davies (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Swansea
Overlaps
Welsh Assembly South Wales West
European Parliament constituency Wales

Swansea West (Welsh: Gorllewin Abertawe) is a constituency of the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.

The National Assembly for Wales constituency of the same name presently has the same boundaries.

Alan Williams represented the seat for the Labour Party from 1964 until his retirement in 2010; from 2005 until his retirement he was the Father of the House, the senior Member of Parliament with the longest unbroken service.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency comprises the electoral wards of Sketty, Castle, Killay South, Killay North, Dunvant, Uplands, Townhill, Cockett and Mayals.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1918 Sir Alfred Mond Liberal
1923 Howel Samuel Labour
1924 Walter Runciman Liberal
1929 Howel Samuel Labour
1931 Sir Lewis Jones National Liberal
1945 Percy Morris Labour
1959 Hugh Rees Conservative
1964 Alan Williams Labour
2010 Geraint Davies Labour Co-operative [3][4][5]

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Swansea West[6][7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Geraint Davies 12,335 34.7 -7.2
Liberal Democrat Peter May 11,831 33.2 +4.3
Conservative René Kinzett[8] 7,407 20.8 +4.8
Plaid Cymru Harri Roberts 1,437 4.0 -2.5
BNP Alan Bateman 910 2.6 N/A
UKIP Timothy Jenkins 716 2.0 +0.2
Green Keith Ross 404 1.1 -1.1
Independent Ian McCloy 374 1.1 N/A
TUSC Rob Williams 179 0.5 N/A
Majority 504 1.4
Turnout 35,593 58.0 +1.3
Labour hold Swing -5.7

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Swansea West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Williams 13,833 41.8 -6.9
Liberal Democrat René Kinzett 9,564 28.9 +12.3
Conservative Mohammed Abdel-Haq 5,285 16.0 -3.0
Plaid Cymru Harri Roberts 2,150 6.5 -4.1
Green Martyn Shrewsbury 738 2.2 +0.2
UKIP Martyn Ford 609 1.8 -0.2
Veritas Yvonne Holley 401 1.2 N/A
Socialist Alternative Robert Williams 288 0.9 N/A
Legalise Cannabis Steve Pank 218 0.7 N/A
Majority 4,269 12.9
Turnout 33,086 57.1 +1.3
Labour hold Swing -9.6
General Election 2001: Swansea West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Williams 15,644 48.7 -7.5
Conservative Margaret Harper 6,094 19.0 -1.5
Liberal Democrat Mike Day 5,313 16.6 +2.0
Plaid Cymru Ian Titherington 3,404 10.6 +4.0
UKIP Richard Lewis 653 2.0 N/A
Green Martyn Shrewsbury 626 2.0 N/A
Socialist Alliance Alec Thraves 366 1.1 N/A
Majority 9,550 29.7
Turnout 32,100 55.8 -11.8
Labour hold Swing -6.0

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Swansea West[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Williams 22,748 56.2 +3.2
Conservative Andrew Baker 8,289 20.5 −10.9
Liberal Democrat John Newbury 5,872 14.51 +4.0
Plaid Cymru Dai Lloyd 2,675 6.61 +2.8
Socialist Labour David Proctor 885 2.19 N/A
Majority 14,459 35.7
Turnout 40,469 67.6
Labour hold Swing +7.1
General Election 1992: Swansea West[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Williams 23,238 53.0 +4.5
Conservative Roy J. Perry 13,760 31.4 −1.6
Liberal Democrat Martyn J. Shrewsbury 4,620 10.5 −4.9
Plaid Cymru Dr David Rees Lloyd 1,668 3.8 +1.8
Green Brig Oubridge 564 1.3 +0.3
Majority 9,478 21.6 +6.1
Turnout 43,850 73.3 −2.7
Labour hold Swing +3.0

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Swansea West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Williams 22,089 48.54
Conservative Nigel Evans 15,027 33.02
Liberal M Ford 7,019 15.42
Plaid Cymru N Williams 902 1.98
Green JV Harman 469 1.03
Majority 7,062 15.52
Turnout 76.05
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Swansea West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Williams 18,042 42.12
Conservative J Lewis 15,692 36.64
Social Democrat P Berry 8,036 18.76
Plaid Cymru M Pennar 795 1.86
Ecology B Oubridge 265 0.62
Majority 2,350 5.49
Turnout 73.54
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Swansea West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Williams 24,175 46.10
Conservative D Mercer 23,774 45.33
Liberal MJ Ball 3,484 6.64
Plaid Cymru GR ap Gwent 1,012 1.93
Majority 401 0.76
Turnout 79.62
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Swansea West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Williams 22,565 46.13
Conservative AP Thomas 17,729 36.25
Liberal BE Keal 6,842 13.99
Plaid Cymru GR ap Gwent 1,778 3.63
Majority 4,836 9.89
Turnout 74.99
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Swansea West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Williams 22,124 43.37
Conservative DRO Lewis 18,786 36.82
Liberal BE Keal 8,248 16.17
Plaid Cymru DK Hearne 1,859 3.64
Majority 3,338 6.54
Turnout 78.80
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Swansea West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Williams 24,622 50.21
Conservative Hugh Rees 21,384 43.61
Plaid Cymru GR ap Gwent 3,033 6.18
Majority 3,238 6.60
Turnout 75.74
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Swansea West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Williams 26,703 56.39
Conservative Hugh Rees 20,650 43.61
Majority 6,053 12.78
Turnout 80.39
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Swansea West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Alan Williams 23,019 47.88
Conservative Hugh Rees 20,382 42.40
Liberal Owain Glyn Williams 4,672 9.72
Majority 2,637 5.49
Turnout 81.35
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Swansea West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Hugh Rees 24,043 50.42
Labour Percy Morris 23,640 49.58
Majority 403 0.85
Turnout 82.15
Conservative gain from Labour Swing
General Election 1955: Swansea West

Electorate 58,923

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Percy Morris 22,647 51.15
Conservative Bernard McGlynn 21,626 48.85
Majority 1,021 2.31
Turnout 75.14
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Swansea West

Electorate 59,051

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Percy Morris 26,061 52.16
Conservative Henry Briton Kerby 23,901 47.84
Majority 2,160 4.32
Turnout 84.61
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Swansea West

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Percy Morris 26,273 53.75
Liberal National Lewis Jones 22,608 46.25
Majority 3,665 7.50
Turnout 83.75
Labour hold Swing

Election in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Swansea West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Percy Morris 18,098 58.03
Liberal National Lewis Jones 13,089 41.97
Majority 5,009 16.06
Turnout 73.60
Labour gain from Liberal National Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1939/40: Another general election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place from 1939 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected;

General Election 1935: Swansea West

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Lewis Jones 18,784 52.93
Labour Percy Morris 16,703 47.07
Majority 2,081 5.86
Turnout 79.97
Liberal National hold Swing
General Election 1931: Swansea West

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal National Lewis Jones 20,603 58.55
Labour Howel Samuel 14,587 41.45
Majority 6,016 17.10
Turnout 84.43
Liberal National gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929: Swansea West[11]

Electorate 40,021

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Howel Walter Samuel 13,268 40.6 +7.2
Liberal Charles Iain Kerr 12,625 38.6 +2.2
Unionist A W E Wynne 6,794 20.8 -9.4
Majority 643 2.0 5.0
Turnout 81.7 -5.3
Labour gain from Liberal Swing +2.5
Walter Runciman
General Election 1924: Swansea West[12]

Electorate 31,674

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Rt Hon. Walter Runciman 10,033 36.4 +2.1
Labour Howel Walter Samuel 9,188 33.4 -1.4
Unionist William Albert Samuel Hewins 8,324 30.2 -0.7
Majority 845 3.0 3.5
Turnout 87.0 +1.7
Liberal gain from Labour Swing +1.75
General Election 1923: Swansea West[13]

Electorate 31,237

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Howel Walter Samuel 9,260 34.8 +2.7
Liberal Rt Hon. Sir Alfred Moritz Mond 9,145 34.3 -1.2
Unionist William Albert Samuel Hewins 8,238 30.9 -1.5
Majority 115 0.5 n/a
Turnout 85.3 +1.4
Labour gain from Liberal Swing +1.95
Sir Alfred Mond
General Election 1922 : Swansea West[14]

Electorate 31,178

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
National Liberal Rt Hon. Sir Alfred Moritz Mond 9,278 35.5 -4.5
Unionist William Albert Samuel Hewins 8,476 32.4 -2.0
Labour Howel Walter Samuel 8,401 32.1 +6.5
Majority 802 3.1 -2.5
Turnout 83.9 +16.5
National Liberal hold Swing -1.25

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918 Swansea West[15]

Electorate 31,884

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal 8,579 40.0 n/a
Unionist David Davies 7,398 34.4 n/a
Labour John James Powesland 5,510 25.6 n/a
Majority 1,181 5.6 n/a
Turnout 67.4 n/a
Liberal win
  • denotes candidate who was endorsed by the Coalition Government.

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Beyond 20/20 WDS - Table view". 2011 Electorate Figures. StatsWales. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "S" (part 6)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ Geraint Davies - Swansea West Welsh Labour website
  4. ^ Biography Geraint Davies's Campaign Site
  5. ^ Election joy for 28 Co-op MPs Co-operative News
  6. ^ Swansea West City and County of Swansea -candidates Swansea West
  7. ^ Swansea West BBC Election -Swansea West
  8. ^ René Kinzett - Swansea Conservatives René Kinzett - Swansea Conservatives
  9. ^ http://www.politicsresources.net/area/uk/constit/535.htm
  10. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  11. ^ Etholiadau'r ganrif, Beti Jones (1999)
  12. ^ Etholiadau'r ganrif, Beti Jones (1999)
  13. ^ Etholiadau'r ganrif, Beti Jones (1999)
  14. ^ Etholiadau'r ganrif, Beti Jones (1999)
  15. ^ Etholiadau'r ganrif, Beti Jones (1999)
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Linlithgow
Constituency represented by the Father of the House
2005-2010
Succeeded by
Louth and Horncastle

Coordinates: 51°37′06″N 3°59′11″W / 51.61833°N 3.98639°W / 51.61833; -3.98639