Swansea East

2015 Result:
Conservative: 5142 (15.3%)
Labour: 17807 (53%)
Lib Dem: 1392 (4.1%)
Plaid Cymru: 3498 (10.4%)
UKIP: 5779 (17.2%)
MAJORITY: 12028 (35.8%)

Category: Ultra-safe Labour seat

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

Main population centres: Swansea, Ynysforgan, Birchgrove.

Profile: Swansea is the second largest city in Wales and a retail and commercial centre for much of western Wales. Once a industrial town, known for its copper production, it is now largely service based, with the DVLA the largest local employer. Swansea East is the more working class and industrial of the two Swansea seats, covering the large council estates, the docks and the industrial estates along the river Tawe.

Politics: Swansea East remains a very safe Labour seat, although less so that in the late 1980s and early 1990s when the party used to be able to manage in excess of 60% of the votes here.


Current MP
CAROLYN HARRIS (Labour) First elected as MP for Swansea East in 2015.
Past Results
2010
Con: 4823 (15%)
Lab: 16819 (51%)
LDem: 5981 (18%)
PC: 2181 (7%)
Oth: 2872 (9%)
MAJ: 10838 (33%)
2005
Con: 3103 (10%)
Lab: 17457 (57%)
LDem: 6208 (20%)
PC: 2129 (7%)
Oth: 1937 (6%)
MAJ: 11249 (36%)
2001
Con: 3026 (10%)
Lab: 19612 (65%)
LDem: 3064 (10%)
PC: 3464 (12%)
Oth: 906 (3%)
MAJ: 16148 (54%)
1997
Con: 3582 (9%)
Lab: 29151 (75%)
LDem: 3440 (9%)
PC: 1308 (3%)
Oth: 1193 (3%)
MAJ: 25569 (66%)

Demographics
2015 Candidates
ALTAF HUSSAIN (Conservative)
CAROLYN HARRIS (Labour)
AMINA JAMAL (Liberal Democrat)
CLIFFORD JOHNSON (UKIP)
DIC JONES (Plaid)
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Comments - No Responses on “Swansea East”
  1. 2015 IMHO

    Lab 57
    Con 12
    UKIP 10
    PC 9
    LD 8
    Others 4

  2. Sian James has announced that she is standing down at the election.

  3. Another pretty early retirement. Only elected in 2005. There are now several ultra-safe Labour seats in S Wales where MPs are retiring.

  4. Should we be making horror noises on how a recently elected woman has decided to retire and blame Labour?

  5. No. Retiring after 2 terms isn’t uncommon, even in a safe seat.

    Some people find that parliament isn’t for them, and are perhaps more honest about it than in previous decades. Matthew Parris wrote that in his day parliament contained many unhappy people who didn’t feel like they fitted in, but didn’t feel they could stand down (he counted himself amongst them).

  6. James seems to be on the Left, having supported Diane Abbott for leader, and no doubt Bob & his allies will be hoping for a more right-wing member.

  7. Yes it’s great to see Bob back. Did he mention whether he’ll be paying all his £1000 bets with us by cheque or cash?

  8. Carolyn Harris wins Labour selection. She works for the retiring MP.

  9. Tony Young will be contesting this seat for The Green Party, a retired school teacher living in Pen Lan.

  10. Labour hold. 15,000 majority, Tories take 2nd.

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