This month I will be turning back the pages of the political animals that have served as Swansea MPs, from 1833 to the present day, and I’ve added a diagram (below) that Peter Snow would be proud of. In the article you will find I have put a number in brackets after each name. If you want to have crack at what the numbers mean, have a guess, but no going to the end of the piece to see what the answer is!
Newnes retired from politics and sadly died in June 1910. He was replaced by Alfred Mond (3,180). Mond came under anti-semitic attacks by the Conservatives, who had mocked him as an unsuitable representative for the nonconformist Swansea middle-classes. 1910 was another interesting year, when there were two elections: January 15 to 10 February and December 3 to 19 December. The two elections were held during the constitutional crisis due to the People’s Budget. The results for Swansea were that Mond won with a majority of 1,641 (Jan) and 2,246 (Dec). Mond was Swansea Town MP during the First World War. There wouldn’t be an election till the end of the war.