Swansea West (UK Parliament constituency)


Swansea West (Welsh: Gorllewin Abertawe) is a constituency[n 1] 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, and is currently represented by Geraint Davies of the Labour Co-operative party, who was first elected in the constituency in 2010.

Swansea West
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Boundary of Swansea West in Wales
Preserved countyWest Glamorgan
Electorate62,769 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created1918
Member of ParliamentGeraint Davies (Labour Co-operative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromSwansea and Gower
Overlaps
Senedd Cymru – Welsh ParliamentSouth Wales West

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 (meaning longest-serving MP currently sitting).

Boundaries


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

1918–1949: The County Borough of Swansea wards of Alexandra, Bryn Melyn, Castle, Ffynone, St Helen's, and Victoria.

1950–1955: The County Borough of Swansea wards of Brynmelyn, Cockett, Ffynone, Oystermouth and Brynau, St Helen's, Sketty, Victoria, and Waunarlwydd.

1955–1983: The County Borough of Swansea wards of Brynmelin, Fforestfach, Ffynone, Mumbles, St Helen's, Sketty, Townhill, and Victoria.[2]

Members of Parliament


ElectionMember[3]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

Elections


Elections in the 1910s

General election 1918: Swansea West [4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
C Liberal Alfred Mond 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 21,487 67.4 N/A
Registered electors 31,884
Liberal win (new seat)
C indicates candidate endorsed by the coalition government.
Sir Alfred Mond

Elections in the 1920s

General election 1922 : Swansea West[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
National Liberal Alfred Mond 9,278 35.5 -4.5
Unionist William Hewins 8,476 32.4 -2.0
Labour Howel Samuel 8,401 32.1 +6.5
Majority 802 3.1 -2.5
Turnout 26,155 83.9 +16.5
Registered electors 31,178
National Liberal hold Swing -1.2
General election 1923: Swansea West [6][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Howel Samuel 9,260 34.8 +2.7
Liberal Alfred Mond 9,145 34.3 -1.2
Unionist William Hewins 8,238 30.9 -1.5
Majority 115 0.5 N/A
Turnout 26,643 85.3 +1.4
Registered electors 31,237
Labour gain from Liberal Swing +1.9
General election 1924: Swansea West[4][5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Walter Runciman 10,033 36.4 +2.1
Labour Howel Samuel 9,188 33.4 -1.4
Unionist William Hewins 8,324 30.2 -0.7
Majority 845 3.0 N/A
Turnout 27,545 87.0 +1.7
Registered electors 31,674
Liberal gain from Labour Swing +1.7
General election 1929: Swansea West[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Howel Samuel 13,268 40.6 +7.2
Liberal Charles Kerr 12,625 38.6 +2.2
Unionist Alfred William Ernest Wynne 6,794 20.8 -9.4
Majority 643 2.0 N/A
Turnout 32,687 81.7 -5.3
Registered electors 40,021
Labour gain from Liberal Swing +2.5

Elections in the 1930s

General election 1931: Swansea West[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Lewis Jones 20,603 58.6 N/A
Labour Howel Samuel 14,587 41.4 +0.8
Majority 6,016 17.2 N/A
Turnout 35,190 84.4 +2.7
Registered electors 41,680
Liberal National gain from Labour Swing
General election 1935: Swansea West[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal National Lewis Jones 18,784 52.9 -5.7
Labour Percy Morris 16,703 47.1 +5.7
Majority 2,081 5.8 -11.4
Turnout 35,487 80.0 -4.4
Registered electors 44,373
Liberal National hold Swing

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;

Election in the 1940s

General election 1945: Swansea West[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Percy Morris 18,098 58.0 +5.1
Liberal National Lewis Jones 13,089 42.0 -5.1
Majority 5,009 16.0 N/A
Turnout 31,187 73.6 -6.4
Registered electors 42,373
Labour gain from Liberal National Swing

Elections in the 1950s

General election 1950: Swansea West [7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Percy Morris 26,273 53.7 -4.3
National Liberal and Conservative Lewis Jones 22,608 46.3 +4.3
Majority 3,665 7.5 -8.5
Turnout 48,879 83.7 +10.1
Registered electors 58,362
Labour hold Swing
General election 1951: Swansea West[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Percy Morris 26,061 52.2 -1.5
Conservative Henry Kerby 23,901 47.8 +1.5
Majority 2,160 4.3 -3.2
Turnout 49,962 84.6 +0.9
Registered electors 59,051
Labour hold Swing
General election 1955: Swansea West[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Percy Morris 22,647 51.2 -1.0
Conservative Bernard McGlynn 21,626 48.8 +1.0
Majority 1,021 2.3 -2.0
Turnout 44,273 75.1 -9.5
Registered electors 58,923
Labour hold Swing
General election 1959: Swansea West[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative Hugh Rees 24,043 50.4 +1.6
Labour Percy Morris 23,640 49.6 -1.6
Majority 403 0.8 N/A
Turnout 47,683 82.1 +7.0
Registered electors 58,045
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1960s

General election 1964: Swansea West[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alan Williams 23,019 47.9 -1.7
Conservative Hugh Rees 20,382 42.4 -8.0
Liberal Owain Glyn Williams 4,672 9.7 N/A
Majority 2,637 5.5 N/A
Turnout 48,073 81.3 -1.2
Registered electors 59,091
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General election 1966: Swansea West[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alan Williams 26,703 56.4 +8.5
Conservative Hugh Rees 20,650 43.6 +1.2
Majority 6,053 12.8 +7.3
Turnout 47,353 80.4 -0.9
Registered electors 58,907
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s

General election 1970: Swansea West[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alan Williams 24,622 50.2 -6.2
Conservative Hugh Rees 21,384 43.6 ±0.0
Plaid Cymru Gruffydd R ap Gwent 3,033 6.2 N/A
Majority 3,238 6.6 -6.2
Turnout 49,039 75.7 -4.7
Registered electors 64,745
Labour hold Swing
General election February 1974: Swansea West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alan Williams 22,124 43.4 -6.8
Conservative D R O Lewis 18,786 36.8 -6.8
Liberal B E Keal 8,248 16.2 N/A
Plaid Cymru D K Hearne 1,859 3.6 -2.6
Majority 3,338 6.5 -0.1
Turnout 51,017 78.8 +3.1
Registered electors 64,744
Labour hold Swing
General election October 1974: Swansea West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alan Williams 22,565 46.1 +2.7
Conservative A P Thomas 17,729 36.2 -0.6
Liberal B E Keal 6,842 14.0 -2.2
Plaid Cymru Gruffydd R ap Gwent 1,778 3.6 ±0.0
Majority 4,836 9.9 +3.4
Turnout 48,914 75.0 -3.8
Registered electors 65,225
Labour hold Swing
General election 1979: Swansea West
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alan Williams 24,175 46.1 ±0.0
Conservative D Mercer 23,774 45.3 +9.1
Liberal M J Ball 3,484 6.7 -7.3
Plaid Cymru Gruffydd R ap Gwent 1,012 1.9 -1.7
Majority 401 0.8 -9.1
Turnout 52,445 79.6 +4.6
Registered electors 65,872
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1980s

General election 1983: Swansea West[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alan Williams 18,042 42.1 -4.0
Conservative Julian Lewis 15,692 36.6 -8.7
SDP P Berry 8,036 18.8 N/A
Plaid Cymru Meirion Pennar 795 1.9 ±0.0
Ecology Graham Oubridge 265 0.6 N/A
Majority 2,350 5.5 +4.7
Turnout 42,830 73.5 -6.1
Registered electors 58,237
Labour hold Swing
General election 1987: Swansea West[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alan Williams 22,089 48.5 +6.4
Conservative Nigel Evans 15,027 33.0 -3.6
Liberal Martyn Ford 7,019 15.4 N/A
Plaid Cymru Nigel Williams 902 2.0 +0.1
Green Julie Harman 469 1.0 +0.4
Majority 7,062 15.5 -10.0
Turnout 45,506 76.0 +2.5
Registered electors 59,836
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s

General election 1992: Swansea West[11][12]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alan Williams 23,238 53.0 +4.5
Conservative Roy J. Perry 13,760 31.4 -1.6
Liberal Democrats Martyn J. Shrewsbury 4,620 10.5 N/A
Plaid Cymru David Lloyd 1,668 3.8 +1.8
Green Graham Oubridge 564 1.3 +0.3
Majority 9,478 21.6 +6.1
Turnout 43,850 73.3 -2.7
Registered electors 59,785
Labour hold Swing +3.0
General election 1997: Swansea West[13][14][15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alan Williams 22,748 56.2 +3.2
Conservative Andrew Baker 8,289 20.5 -10.9
Liberal Democrats John Newbury 5,872 14.5 +4.0
Plaid Cymru Dai Lloyd 2,675 6.6 +2.8
Socialist Labour David Proctor 885 2.2 N/A
Majority 14,459 35.7 +14.1
Turnout 40,469 67.6 -5.7
Registered electors 59,849
Labour hold Swing +7.1

Elections in the 2000s

General election 2001: Swansea West[16][17]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alan Williams 15,644 48.7 -7.5
Conservative Margaret Harper 6,094 19.0 -1.5
Liberal Democrats Mike Day 5,313 16.6 +2.1
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 -6.0
Turnout 32,100 55.8 -11.8
Registered electors 57,493
Labour hold Swing -6.0
General election 2005: Swansea West[18][19][20]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Alan Williams 13,833 41.8 -6.9
Liberal Democrats 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 -16.8
Turnout 33,086 57.1 +1.3
Registered electors 58,363
Labour hold Swing -9.6

Elections in the 2010s

General election 2010: Swansea West[21][22][23]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Geraint Davies 12,335 34.7 -7.1
Liberal Democrats Peter May 11,831 33.2 +4.3
Conservative René Kinzett[24] 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 1.5 -11.4
Turnout 35,593 58.0 +0.9
Registered electors 61,334
Labour Co-op hold Swing -5.7
General election 2015: Swansea West[25][26][27]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Geraint Davies 1 14,967 42.6 +7.9
Conservative Emma Lane 7,931 22.6 +1.8
UKIP Martyn Ford 4,744 13.5 +11.5
Liberal Democrats Chris Holley 3,178 9.0 -24.2
Plaid Cymru Harri Roberts 2,266 6.4 +2.4
Green Ashley Wakeling 1,784 5.1 +4.0
TUSC Ronnie Job 159 0.5 ±0.0
Independent Maxwell Rosser 78 0.2 N/A
Socialist (GB) Brian Johnson [28] 49 0.1 N/A
Rejected ballots 116
Majority 7,036 20.0 +18.5
Turnout 35,156 59.8 +1.8
Registered electors 58,776
Labour Co-op hold Swing +3.1

Of the 116 rejected ballots:

  • 33 were either unmarked or it was uncertain who the vote was for.[26]
  • 83 voted for more than one candidate.[26]

1 Geraint Davies is a Labour Co-operative Party member[29] but he was nominated as Welsh Labour .[30]

General election 2017: Swansea West[31][32]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Geraint Davies 22,278 59.8 +17.2
Conservative Craig Lawton 11,680 31.3 +8.7
Plaid Cymru Rhydian Fitter 1,529 4.1 -2.3
Liberal Democrats Michael O'Carroll 1,269 3.4 -5.6
Green Mike Whittall 434 1.2 -3.9
Socialist (GB) Brian Johnson 92 0.2 +0.1
Majority 10,598 28.5 +8.5
Turnout 37,345 65.5 +5.7
Registered electors 56,889
Labour Co-op hold Swing +4.2
General election 2019: Swansea West[33][34][35]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Co-op Geraint Davies 18,493 51.6 -8.2
Conservative James Price 10,377 29.0 -2.3
Liberal Democrats Michael O'Carroll 2,993 8.4 +5.0
Plaid Cymru Gwyn Williams 1,984 5.5 +1.4
Brexit Party Peter Hopkins 1,983 5.5 N/A
Rejected ballots 137
Majority 8,116 22.6 -5.9
Turnout 35,830 62.8 -2.7
Registered electors 57,078
Labour Co-op hold Swing -2.9

Of the 137 rejected ballots:

  • 117 were either unmarked or it was uncertain who the vote was for.[35]
  • 20 voted for more than one candidate.[35]

See also


Notes


  1. A borough constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)

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