Gower

2015 Result:
Conservative: 15862 (37.1%)
Labour: 15835 (37%)
Lib Dem: 1552 (3.6%)
Plaid Cymru: 3051 (7.1%)
Green: 1161 (2.7%)
UKIP: 4773 (11.2%)
TUSC: 103 (0.2%)
Loony: 253 (0.6%)
Independent: 168 (0.4%)
MAJORITY: 27 (0.1%)

Category: Ultra-marginal Conservative seat

Geography: Wales, West Glamorgan. Part of the Swansea council area.

Main population centres: The Mumbles, Port Eynon, Pontarddulais, Clydach, Gorseinon.

Profile: Consists of the Gower peninsula, a tourist area of beaches, campsites and caravan parks, the seaside resort and residential villages of The Mumbles and the more working class and industrial, former mining and tin making towns to the north of Swansea like Pontarddulais and Gorseinon (the birthplace of former Tory leader, Michael Howard).

Politics: Long a Labour-Conservative marginal on paper, Gower remained tantalisingly out of Conservative reach even at their high tide marks of support. The Gower peninsula itself contains much Conservative support, but more industrial towns to the north of Swansea vote Labour and more than balance this out. Gower was held by the Labour party continously for a century between 1910 and 2015 before falling to the Conservatives on the tiniest of margins, the smallest majority of the 2015 election.


Current MP
BYRON DAVIES (Conservative) Born Gower. Educated at Gowerton Boys Grammar School. Former police officer. Contested Gower 2007 Welsh assembly election, member of the Welsh Assembly for South Wales West since 2011. First elected as MP for Gower in 2015.
Past Results
2010
Con: 13333 (32%)
Lab: 16016 (38%)
LDem: 7947 (19%)
PC: 2760 (7%)
Oth: 1615 (4%)
MAJ: 2683 (6%)
2005*
Con: 10083 (25%)
Lab: 16786 (42%)
LDem: 7291 (18%)
PC: 3089 (8%)
Oth: 2293 (6%)
MAJ: 6703 (17%)
2001
Con: 10281 (28%)
Lab: 17676 (47%)
LDem: 4507 (12%)
PC: 3865 (10%)
Oth: 1024 (3%)
MAJ: 7395 (20%)
1997
Con: 10306 (24%)
Lab: 23313 (54%)
LDem: 5624 (13%)
PC: 2226 (5%)
Oth: 1867 (4%)
MAJ: 13007 (30%)

*There were boundary changes after 2005

Demographics
2015 Candidates
BYRON DAVIES (Conservative) Born Gower. Educated at Gowerton Boys Grammar School. Retired police officer. Contested Gower 2007 Welsh assembly election, member of the Welsh Assembly for South Wales West since 2011.
LIZ EVANS (Labour) Born Hafod. Trade union officer, works for the Land Registry.
MIKE SHEEHAN (Liberal Democrat)
COLIN BECKETT (UKIP) Educated at Oxford Brookes University. Chiropractor and former army officer.
JULIA MARSHALL (Green)
DARREN THOMAS (Plaid)
STEVE SPARKY ROBERTS (Independent) Party organiser.
MARK EVANS (TUSC)
BARON BARNES VON CLAPTRAP (Loony) , real name David Barnes. Retired optometrist.
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Comments - 355 Responses on “Gower”
  1. Applogies, should be ‘she’ above.

  2. “I’m sorry for misgendering the person who advocated class genocide.”

  3. ‘I don’t like the culture of dragging up comments from before people were involved in politics, but equally these are disgusting comments.’

    It just shows how low politics has stooped in this country, with Tories literally pushing each other out of the way to publicly defend her and her repugnant comments

    Just imagine how bad an MP she would make, yet clearly it’s people like her and Ross England that are rallying an increasing amount of Welsh people behind the Tory cause

  4. For as long as we have had a welfare state, some benefits claimants have taken the piss, while others are good honest people. The latter are probably the majority, but programmes like Benefits Street are obviously only going to show the former, getting the viewers all wound up. This debate is as old as the hills and you will certainly find it aired voiciferously in TV comedies from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

    The Tory candidate sounds a bit daft and lacking nuance, and saying humans should be put down as you would take an animal to the vet certainly isn’t advisable for an aspiring politician. Many of the pensioners Tristan mentions will surely agree with her though.

  5. Nonsense, Tristan.

    Quite apart from the fact that ‘welfare’ (as opposed to pensions which is based on NICs anyway) is regarded as cross party as the £90 Bn spent on working age people, the largest increase in Tory support in Stoke, Mansfield etc was amongst C2s many of whom are self-employed.

    The group who receives the least in State benefits and no holiday pay either.

    There are however groups who contribute the least in net terms (due to Housing Benefit, etc) and Frank Field isn’t afraid to point out that the same are new immigrants and groups such as Travellers and seats with lots of RCs such as Bootle and West Belfast. Hence the 2 child limit on new Child Benefit claims and Pat Glass et al moaning.

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