1982 Gower by-election

The Gower by-election of 16 September 1982 was held after the death of Labour Member of Parliament (MP) Ifor Davies on 6 June 1982. The seat was held by Labour in the by-election.[1]

Amongst the candidates was David Burns who at the time was being held on remand over charges relating to the bombing of a British Army recruitment office in Pontypridd. A self-declared member of the 'Worker's Army for a Welsh Republic', Burns was ultimately released in 1983 after neither of the two charges were made to stand up.[2]

ResultsEdit

1982 Gower by-election[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Gareth Wardell 17,095 43.5 -9.8
SDP Gwynoro Jones 9,875 25.1 +16.1
Conservative Trefor Llewellyn 8,690 22.1 -8.4
Plaid Cymru Ieuan Owen 3,431 8.7 +1.6
Computer Democrat John Donovan 125 0.3 N/A
Civil Rights/Welsh Political Prisoner David Burns 103 0.3 N/A
Majority 7,220 18.4 -4.3
Turnout 39,319 65.4 -15.4
Registered electors 60,123
Labour hold Swing

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gower by-election result". Archived from the original on 14 March 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  2. ^ Results of By-Elections in the 1979-83 Parliament[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Results of By-Elections in the 1979-83 Parliament