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Swansea West
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
The more desirable residential areas of Swansea are to be found, as in so many cities, to the west of the city centre, at the inner end of the Gower peninsula (the seat does not reach as far out as the Mumbles). Here is Sketty, and Uplands with its literary connections (Dylan Thomas's Cwmdonkin Drive, Kingsley Amis's house when he taught at the university college nearby). But there are also Labour wards like Townhill with its council estate, and the whole of the city centre is now included as boundary changes have moved the seat inwards, exactly the direction the Conservatives (who won this constituency back in the 1950s) did not want. It is now safely Labour at parliamentary level, although Plaid Cymru produced a very good, indeed surprising, strong second place here as elsewhere in the 1999 Assembly elections.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Alan Williams, pencilled-in for a possible last minute peerage to make way for a Blairite parachutist, would be - if he stayed on - Labour's second-longest-running MP, having been first elected here as part of Harold Wilson's majority in 1964 when he won the seat back from the Tories. A junior minister under Wilson and Callaghan, and Opposition spokesman under Foot and Kinnock, he joined the Public Accounts Committee in 1989 and remained thereafter to build a reputation as a scourge of Royal Household expenditure. Out-of-step with Blairite orthodoxy on Europe and devolution, he is seen by ageist younger Labour MPs as part of the 'Alzheimer's Tendency' along with Ted Rowlands (retiring) and Denzil Davies.
ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 18.55% 14.99% 123.74
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.07% 2.13% 3.26
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 3.19% 2.49% 128.16
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 1.48% 4.43% 33.41
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 3.16% 7.27% 43.42
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 5.00% 2.56% 194.94
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.06% 2.04% 2.81
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 13.14% 3.94% 333.09
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 13.49% 13.04% 103.45
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 8.28% 12.70% 65.16
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 9.29% 8.14% 114.09
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 5.51% 4.02% 137.06
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 4.14% 3.19% 129.93
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 4.72% 11.31% 41.74
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 4.08% 3.06% 133.20
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 5.79% 2.52% 230.03
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.00% 2.10% 0.00
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.06% 0.06% 98.45
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 13.34% 9.41% 141.70
5-10K 20.02% 16.63% 120.34
10-15K 17.80% 16.58% 107.34
15-20K 13.37% 13.58% 98.46
20-25K 9.56% 10.39% 91.96
25-30K 6.76% 7.77% 86.96
30-35K 4.81% 5.79% 82.98
35-40K 3.45% 4.33% 79.73
40-45K 2.51% 3.27% 77.01
45-50K 1.85% 2.48% 74.69
50-55K 1.38% 1.90% 72.68
55-60K 1.05% 1.47% 70.92
60-65K 0.80% 1.15% 69.35
65-70K 0.62% 0.91% 67.94
70-75K 0.48% 0.72% 66.66
75-80K 0.38% 0.57% 65.50
80-85K 0.30% 0.46% 64.42
85-90K 0.24% 0.37% 63.43
90-95K 0.19% 0.31% 62.51
95-100K 0.15% 0.25% 61.65
100K + 0.77% 1.34% 57.25

Local Map of the constituency
Swansea West - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Swansea West - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (3.21%) Liberal Democrat (4.01%) Plaid Cymru (2.81%)
Conservative (- 10.92%)
Liberal Democrat (2.05%) Plaid Cymru (4.00%)
Conservative (-  1.49%) Labour (-  7.46%)
Con - 10.92%
Lab 3.21%
LD 4.01%
PC 2.81%
Con - 1.49%
Lab - 7.46%
LD 2.05%
PC 4.00%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alan Williams
Labour hold
Con Conservative (18.99%) 6,094 18.99%
Lab Labour (48.75%) 15,644 48.75%
LD Liberal Democrat (16.56%) 5,313 16.56%
PC Plaid Cymru (10.61%) 3,404 10.61%
Oth Other (5.10%) 1,635 5.10%
Maj Majority (29.76%) 9,550 29.76%
Turn Turnout (56.23%) 32,090 56.23%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Alan Williams
Labour hold
LD Mike Day 5,313 16.56%
C Margaret Harper 6,094 18.99%
UK Richard Lewis 653 2.03%
G Martyn Shrewsbury 616 1.92%
SA Alec Thraves 366 1.14%
PC Ian Titherington 3,404 10.61%
L Alan Williams 15,644 48.75%
Candidates representing 7 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Alan Williams
Labour
Con Conservative (20.48%) 8,289 20.48%
Lab Labour (56.21%) 22,748 56.21%
LD Liberal Democrat (14.51%) 5,872 14.51%
PC Plaid Cymru (6.61%) 2,675 6.61%
Ref 0 0.00%
Oth Other (2.19%) 885 2.19%
Maj Majority (35.73%) 14,459 35.73%
Turn Turnout (68.94%) 40,469 68.94%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (31.40%) 13,760 31.40%
Lab Labour (53.00%) 23,238 53.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (10.50%) 4,620 10.50%
PC Plaid Cymru (3.80%) 1,668 3.80%
Oth Other (1.30%) 564 1.30%
Maj Majority (21.60%) 9,478 21.60%
Turn Turnout (72.96%) 43,850 72.96%

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