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Labour's Bob Clay "delighted" to have won Llansamlet by-election

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: July 06, 2013

By Jason Evans

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LLANSAMLET'S new ward councillor is ex-MP Bob Clay — following an election which saw just one in six residents going to the polls.

The former Labour Member of Parliament for Sunderland, above, got 1,368 votes in the by-election, easily beating his Tory rival James Hatton, who polled 236.

The Liberal Democrats and National Front were neck-and-neck for a distant third place in the race, with the Lib Dems winning 113 votes to the NF's 108.

Turn out in the election was just 16 per cent.

The by-election was called following the death of Swansea Lord Mayor Dennis James.

Mr Clay said he was pleased to have won — and said the possible second travellers' site in Llansamlet was the biggest issue in the ward.

He said: "I am delighted to have won — though you always wish more people would vote.

"I am very grateful to the Labour people who worked so hard in the election, and I want to thank the wonderful people of Llansamlet for voting for me.

"There is a mountain of work to do, and I am rolling up my sleeves and getting stuck in.

"The travellers issue is not going away, and it is the major single issue in the ward. I have been involved in the on-going campaign on this issue — my views are well-known and they are not going to change now I have been elected."

Bob Clay, a Cambridge graduate and former bus driver, was Labour MP for Sunderland North from 1983 until 1992

In 2004 he backed George Galloway's Respect Party in the European Parliament election.

He joins his wife, Uta, as a ward member for Llansamlet, making it three married couples on Swansea Council alongside Jeff and Mary Jones, and local authority leader David Phillips and Sybil Crouch.

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  • Dai_Chotomy  |  July 08 2013, 5:42PM

    It is "TOE the line". That means the person will do what s/he is told. If it was 'tow' it would mean dragging the organisation along with him. In fact the exact opposite.

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  • weslangdon  |  July 08 2013, 2:38PM

    Bob Clay will not tow the party line, if his past career is anything to go by, nor is he an imposed candidate. He parachuted in of his own accord and despite my reservations about his school background he should bring a refreshing change to Swansea Politics, so I wish him well. Whether he'll fit in is another issue, but Welsh Labour have been at odds with the Blairite clowns in London for some time so he just might...

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  • JohnSW4  |  July 08 2013, 8:38AM

    by GSvale2 If every Councillor stood up for those who voted them in and fought for what the most of them with any common sense want "Guess what" Bob Clay will tow the party line! End OF

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  • GSvale2  |  July 08 2013, 1:10AM

    "The travellers issue is not going away, and it is the major single issue in the ward. I have been involved in the on-going campaign on this issue — my views are well-known and they are not going to change now I have been elected." What are his views then? I have been to almost every meeting to do with the so called travellers and Bob Clay is always there, asked to speak for the councillors. He usually explains why the councillors will not answer any questions about the so called travellers in case they lose their vote by showing their allegiance beforehand. If he has publicly expressed his opinion for or against the so called travellers, doesn't that mean that he will not be allowed to vote whenever they get around to it.

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  • bennyhill4  |  July 07 2013, 9:12PM

    JohnSW4, deliberate misleading post again. His bosses are not the one's who are forcing these sites on us, it's a European decision, but to you the truth isn't what you want to hear you just want to have a pop at anything labour

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  • bennyhill4  |  July 07 2013, 9:07PM

    Einon, You have just proved to me that you know nothing about politics. The only people who can vote who their candidate is going to be would be llansamlet labour party members. Conspiracy nutters like yourself make me laugh, Do you honestly think Westminster would be interested in a local council by election? Just shows how childish you'r post was

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  • Einon  |  July 07 2013, 3:53PM

    Not hard to see why the turnout was so low. He's Westminster's candidate, an English public schoolboy imposed by the Westminster Labour Party over the heads of the local Party. So much for "Welsh Labour"!

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  • JohnSW4  |  July 06 2013, 10:07AM

    In 2004 "he" backed George Galloway's Respect Party in the European Parliament election. Anyone with that mentality should not be allowed to stand! And Llansamlet "you" will get a Traveler site his bosses have states there has to be lots more sites provided in Swansea! And You will get what you have voted for!

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  • weslangdon  |  July 06 2013, 10:05AM

    a public school parachutist; better than the rest though

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  • paul0453  |  July 06 2013, 9:25AM

    A great result. Even better to see the Tories & Fib-Dems humiliated.

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