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  Swansea West
INCUMBENT
  PartyLabour
NameGeraint Davies
Won06/08/2017
Votes22,278 (59.72%)
Margin10,598 (+28.41%)
Term06/08/2017 - 06/08/2022


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Parents > United Kingdom > Wales > Wales  
Established 00, 0000
Disbanded Still Active
ContributorRP
Last ModifiedWishful Thinking May 13, 2005 04:28pm
Description The city of Swansea was rebuilt after suffering extensive bomb damage during the Second World War. The poet Dylan Thomas famously described Swansea as an "ugly, lovely, town". The seat comprises Swansea University (founded 1920) and student district; sixteen percent of the population in this constituency are students - the second highest proportion of students in Wales after Cardiff Central. Swansea West includes some of the city's leafier, more prosperous suburbs, such as Sketty. Cricket and rugby have happily co-existed in the seat for 125 years, at the St Helens ground. Swansea also has Wales' only Olympic sized swimming pool. In recent years the docks have been redeveloped, including a marina linked to the city centre. This maritime quarter includes homes, shops, restaurants, a leisure centre, museum and hotel. The new £30m National Waterfront Museum is due to be opened in the summer. The parliamentary constituency has been in Labour hands since World War II, with the exception of a Tory interlude from 1959-64. It gained a high-profile Labour AM in 1999 in the shape of the assembly's former business manager, and currently economic development and transport minister, Andrew Davies. And he increased his majority over Plaid in 2003. Since 1964 it has been represented at Westminster by Alan Williams, who had a majority of 29.7% in 2001. If re-elected Mr Williams will become Father of the House - the honorary title for the longest-serving MP - as current holder Tam Dalyell is retiring. In 1979 the Tories came within 401 votes of victory, but they have not got that close since. Labour's hold on the seat was strengthened by 1983 boundary changes which moved the Mumbles ward into the Gower constituency.

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