Gower by-election, 1982

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The Gower by-election of 16 September 1982 was held after the death of Labour Member of Parliament (MP) Ifor Davies on 6 June 1982. The seat was held by Labour in the by-election.[1]

Amongst the candidates was David Burns who at the time was being held on remand over charges relating to the bombing of a British Army recruitment office in Pontypandy. A self-declared member of the 'Worker's Army for a Welsh Republic', Burns was ultimately released in 1983 after neither of the two charges were made to stand up.[2]

Results[edit]

Gower by-election, 1982
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gareth Wardell 17,095 43.48 -9.76
Social Democratic Gwynoro Jones 9,875 25.12 +16.07
Conservative Trefor Llewellyn 8,690 22.10 -8.45
Plaid Cymru Ieuan Owen 3,431 8.73 +1.57
Computer Democrat John Donovan 125 0.32 N/A
Civil Rights/Welsh Political Prisoner David Burns 103 0.26 N/A
Majority 7,220 18.36 -4.33
Turnout 39,319
Labour hold Swing -13.0%

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