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Gower MP Martin Caton is ready to stand down

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: March 03, 2012

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MP Martin Caton will be standing down at the next General Election, it has been confirmed.

The Welsh Labour Party said Mr Caton will not be contesting his Gower constituency seat at the next election.

A former Mumbles town and Swansea city councillor, Mr Caton was elected to Parliament at the 1997 General Election, following the retirement of Gareth Wardell, and retained his seat at the following three elections, in 2001, 2005 and 2010.

As Gower MP Mr Caton was at the forefront of last year's save Swansea coastguard station campaign and spoke about the potential dangers the closure would bring at the Commons.

"I shall be making the strongest possible case for the retention of the Swansea coastguard station, which is not only the busiest coastguard station in Wales, but one of the busiest in the country dealing with both sides of the Bristol Channel," he said before the debate.

Knowledge

Mr Caton added at the time: "Swansea coastguard station liaises with six different police forces and goodness knows how many ambulance services, and the local knowledge held by those who work at the station is second to none.

"The station is in a strategically excellent location, and is situated in a huge modern building that has excellent facilities that suit its purpose very well."

In the last election he retained his seat with a majority of 2,683 from Conservative candidate Byron Davies.

As well as his local duties, Mr Caton sat on the Welsh Affairs select committee between 1997 and 2005 and is currently serving as a member of the Environmental Audit committee.

Mr Caton was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.

robert.goodman@swwmedia.co.uk

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  • lostinwales  |  March 04 2012, 3:27PM

    From the Watchdog. I thought he was a dead duck when we had a so-called Labour government. Now we have a Tory government I cannot think of a polite word to describe him. He did not represent me on anything I wrote to him about. He either disagreed or fobbed me off to some other clown in a suit. Never mind, he has made plenty of money out of his short career from Joe Public, just like the rest of our MPs.

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  • beano12360  |  March 04 2012, 1:21AM

    An excellent Constituency MP, who is respected by people in Gower? Mmmmmmmmmm Not everyone in Gower might agree with that line - well 38% might but 61.6% might disagree out of the two thirds who bothered to vote in 2010 anyway... The 2010 general election Martin Caton, Labour 16,016 38.4% Byron Davies, Conservative 13,333 32.0% Mike Day, Liberal Democrat 7,947 19.1% Darren Price, Plaid Cymru 2,760 6.6% Adrian Jones, British National 963 2.3% Gordon Triggs, UK Independence 652 1.6% NPT Watchdog

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  • beano12360  |  March 04 2012, 1:10AM

    Only interested in 'Voted strongly' not 'moderately' which does not mean nothing in parliamentary terms.

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  • GretaCarbo  |  March 03 2012, 9:40PM

    Voting record (from PublicWhip) How Martin Caton voted on key issues since 2001: Voted a mixture of for and against introducing foundation hospitals. Voted moderately against greater autonomy for schools. Voted strongly for more EU integration. Voted moderately for automatic enrolment in occupational pensions. Voted a mixture of for and against encouraging occupational pensions. Voted moderately for laws to stop climate change. Voted moderately against university tuition fees. Voted against raising England's undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year. Voted moderately for removing hereditary peers from the House of Lords. Voted strongly for a wholly elected House of Lords. Voted strongly for Labour's anti-terrorism laws. Voted very strongly for equal gay rights. Voted very strongly for the hunting ban. Voted very strongly against the Iraq war. Voted strongly against an investigation into the Iraq war. Voted moderately for introducing ID cards. Voted strongly for a smoking ban. Voted moderately for a stricter asylum system. Voted moderately against replacing Trident. Voted moderately against allowing ministers to intervene in inquests. Has never voted on a transparent Parliament. Voted a mixture of for and against a more proportional system for electing MPs. Voted strongly against increasing the rate of VAT. An excellent Constituency MP, who is respected by people in Gower.

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  • beano12360  |  March 03 2012, 8:35PM

    Ready to stand down from Parliament ? He may as well because he never,ever fluffing stood up? As for a record there well speaks for itself really - Voted strongly for Labour's anti-terrorism laws. Voted for introducing ID cards. Voted strongly for a smoking ban. Voted strongly for more EU integration. Has never voted on a transparent Parliament. Voted strongly against an investigation into the Iraq war. Voted a mixture of for and against introducing foundation hospitals. and he Voted very strongly for equal gay rights. Bye, bye Mr Caton perhaps you'll like to enlighten us on what you have accomplished over the years. After-all it will probably only take a few seconds. Put your feet up and you have a good retirement and excellent pension on US NOW! After all you should be so proud of your political record NPT Watchdog

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  • haslucks  |  March 03 2012, 6:42PM

    I agree with Sandson that Martin is an MP who has consistently stuck to his principles. He has also responded constructively to any concerns I've raised with him, unlike other MPs who have supposedly represented me in the past (Alun Michael for example). We could do a lot worse, let's hope we don't!

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  • weslangdon  |  March 03 2012, 5:30PM

    Martin as a great loss to the Labour Party and is head and shoulders above any of the other local Labour MP's, or any other South Wales Labour MP for that matter. I can understand his decision given the poor quality of the Labour leadership in Westminster and that he is or will be very close to retirement age at the next election.

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  • GorsseinonJoe  |  March 03 2012, 1:33PM

    Who?

  • Rustic  |  March 03 2012, 11:59AM

    From the large majorities that Wardell had to the meagre majority that Caton has, makes me think that he knows he cannot win his seat in the next election. In the greatest tradition of labour, he's jumping ship.

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  • GarethPJones  |  March 03 2012, 11:08AM

    Edit: got rid of Martin. Where did Mike come from? It's going to be one of those days... ;p

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