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Gower
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The Gower peninsula, with its attractive seaside villages and plethora of sandy beaches, may give its name to this constituency but not it does not set its political tone, which comes from the working class and ancestrally Labour ex-coal mining valleys on the other side of Swansea, round which this seat curls like a kidney. Gorseinon and Pontardulais and Pontardawe are more typical than the Mumbles or Langland Bay. Through the 20th Century Gower was actually one of Labour's most reliable constituencies, and there is little reason for this to change in the 21st.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Martin Caton, a bearded former political assistant to a local MEP, and earlier a scientific officer at a plant breeding station in Aberystwyth, was elected here in 1997. English-born (1951) and educated at Newport Grammar School, Essex, and Norfolk School of Agriculture, he arrived in Wales as a student at Aberystwyth College of Further Education. Not without a certain wit, he wondered in a debate on sustainable development if there were "theories at the bottom of your jargon", and perhaps dangerously dubbed his constituents "Jerks" for being half-way between people in Llanelli (known as 'Turks') and Swansea (known as 'Jacks'). He has been moderately rebellious on lone parent benefit cuts, the Prime Minister's power to nominate life peers, the pensions link to average earnings and means testing of incapacity benefit.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 32.37% 14.99% 215.92
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 2.81% 2.13% 132.00
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 3.87% 2.49% 155.72
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.01% 4.43% 68.05
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 5.79% 7.27% 79.66
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 2.01% 2.56% 78.33
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.02% 2.04% 0.85
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 0.00% 3.94% 0.00
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 24.17% 13.04% 185.37
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 5.84% 12.70% 45.98
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 12.40% 8.14% 152.29
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 0.90% 4.02% 22.41
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 2.71% 3.19% 85.23
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 3.40% 11.31% 30.07
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.06% 3.06% 1.95
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 0.63% 2.52% 24.92
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.00% 0.06% 0.00
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 8.13% 9.41% 86.34
5-10K 15.99% 16.63% 96.11
10-15K 16.96% 16.58% 102.32
15-20K 14.34% 13.58% 105.54
20-25K 11.09% 10.39% 106.69
25-30K 8.28% 7.77% 106.50
30-35K 6.11% 5.79% 105.47
35-40K 4.50% 4.33% 103.95
40-45K 3.34% 3.27% 102.15
45-50K 2.49% 2.48% 100.21
50-55K 1.87% 1.90% 98.23
55-60K 1.42% 1.47% 96.24
60-65K 1.09% 1.15% 94.30
65-70K 0.84% 0.91% 92.41
70-75K 0.65% 0.72% 90.60
75-80K 0.51% 0.57% 88.86
80-85K 0.40% 0.46% 87.20
85-90K 0.32% 0.37% 85.61
90-95K 0.26% 0.31% 84.09
95-100K 0.21% 0.25% 82.64
100K + 1.00% 1.34% 74.64

Local Map of the constituency
Gower - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Gower - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (3.70%) Liberal Democrat (3.08%) Plaid Cymru (1.64%)
Conservative (- 11.32%)
Conservative (1.03%) Plaid Cymru (4.19%)
Labour (- 11.14%) Liberal Democrat (-  2.10%)
Con - 11.32%
Lab 3.70%
LD 3.08%
PC 1.64%
Con 1.03%
Lab - 11.14%
LD - 2.10%
PC 4.19%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Martin Caton
Labour hold
Con Conservative (24.81%) 10,281 24.81%
Lab Labour (42.65%) 17,676 42.65%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.88%) 4,507 10.88%
PC Plaid Cymru (9.33%) 3,865 9.33%
Oth Other (12.34%) 5,114 12.34%
Maj Majority (17.84%) 7,395 17.84%
Turn Turnout (70.31%) 41,443 70.31%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Martin Caton
Labour hold
C John Bushell 10,281 24.81%
PC Sian Caiach 3,865 9.33%
L Martin Caton 17,676 42.65%
SL Darran Hickery 4,507 10.88%
G Tina Shrewsbury 607 1.46%
LD Sheila Waye 4,507 10.88%
Candidates representing 6 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Martin Caton
Labour
Con Conservative (23.78%) 10,306 23.78%
Lab Labour (53.80%) 23,313 53.80%
LD Liberal Democrat (12.98%) 5,624 12.98%
PC Plaid Cymru (5.14%) 2,226 5.14%
Ref Referendum (4.03%) 1,745 4.03%
Oth Other (0.28%) 122 0.28%
Maj Majority (30.01%) 13,007 30.01%
Turn Turnout (75.12%) 43,336 75.12%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (35.10%) 16,437 35.10%
Lab Labour (50.10%) 23,485 50.10%
LD Liberal Democrat (9.90%) 4,655 9.90%
PC Plaid Cymru (3.50%) 1,639 3.50%
Oth Other (1.40%) 636 1.40%
Maj Majority (15.00%) 7,048 15.00%
Turn Turnout (80.24%) 46,852 80.24%

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