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|Member of Parliament
1 May 1997 – 30 March 2015
|Preceded by||Gareth Wardell|
|Succeeded by||Byron Davies|
|Born||Martin Philip Caton
15 June 1951
Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Early life and career
Caton was born in Bishop's Stortford and educated at the Newport Free Grammar School near Saffron Walden, the Norfolk School of Agriculture, and the Aberystwyth College of Further Education. From 1974 he worked for 10 years as a research officer with the Welsh Plant Breeding Station at Aberystwyth before becoming a researcher for the member of the European Parliament David Morris. He was elected as a councillor of the Mumbles Community Council (1986–90) and to the Swansea City Council from 1988 until his election in 1997 to parliament.
He won the safe Labour seat of Gower at the 1997 general election on the retirement of Gareth Wardell. He was elected with a majority of 13,007 and made a very amusing maiden speech on 4 June 1997, in which he defended the cockle industry in his constituency.
Caton participated in the rebellion of Labour MPs voting against the government decision to invade Iraq in 2003, and was one of the 88 Labour MPs to vote against replacing the Trident Nuclear Missile System, Caton having been a member of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament for years. Within Parliament, he has spent a long time on the Welsh Affairs Select Committee and sits with the Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs. Martin Caton retired from Parliament at the 2015 General Election.
He married Bethan Evans in 1996 and they have two daughters.
- Martin Caton MP official site
- Martin Caton MP Welsh Labour Party profile
- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard 1803–2005
- Current session contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Profile at Westminster Parliamentary Record
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Gower