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