The full Senedd election result 2021 in Gower as Labour's Rebecca Evans wins
Rebecca Evans held Gower for Labour - a seat which the Conservatives thought they might be able to prise from them.
The seat is normally one targeted by the Tories, and with good reason; in the 2015 general election Byron Davies made history by turning the constituency blue for Westminster for the first time in 105 years.
Two years later Labour won it back, but with Conservative successes elsewhere today their candidate Myles Langstone - a Swansea county councillor for the Oystermouth ward - and his team thought they were in with a shout.
Instead, Labour increased their majority from the last Welsh Assembly elections - from a 1,829 vote victory in 2016, to victory by 4,795 this time round.
Rebecca Evans said: "It is always close on Gower, we've seen that before.
"But the reception we got on the doorstep was really warm.
"I think there is a lot of respect out there for Mark Drakeford, and how he's handled the pandemic, and I think the result shows that.
"It was a strange campaign in that we've only been able to knock on doors for a couple of weeks, when normally we'd have started in earnest in September last year.
"But there was a lot of positivity, and I'm so grateful to the people of Gower for giving me the absolute privilege of representing them again for a second time in our national parliament".
There were two counts at Swansea's LC, the large hall divided into those totting up ballot papers for Gower, the other for Swansea East.
One sign the seat might be with the Conservatives' grasp was the presence of camera crews - television stations tend to target those seats they think have a chance to swing to either the Conservative or to Labour.
But those in the LC were firmly camped on the side of the hall where the Gower candidates and their teams anxiously watched piles of paper being sorted into piles.
The full result in Gower
- Rebecca Evans (Lab) 15,631 (47.13%, +7.44%)
- Myles Langstone (C) 10,836 (32.67%, -0.96%)
- John Davies (PC) 3,946 (11.90%, +2.02%)
- Anna Pigott (Green) 1,088 (3.28%, +0.84%)
- Michael Sheehan (LD) 869 (2.62%, -0.80%)
- Byron John (Reform) 547 (1.65%)
- Wayne Erasmus (Gwlad) 247 (0.74%)
- Lab maj 4,795 (14.46%)
- 4.20% swing C to Lab
- Electorate 63,297; Turnout 33,164 (52.39%, +2.61%)
Rebecca Evans - Labour
I am Rebecca Evans, I'm 44 and since 2016 it has been my privilege to be the Member of the Senedd for the constituency of Gower, the place where I live and which I love. I currently serve as Finance Minister in Mark Drakeford’s cabinet, and I am proud to have been part of a team which has worked to protect lives and livelihoods here in Wales.
What is the most important thing you think the Senedd should do in the next five years?
Our focus must be on delivering a fair and green recovery, which leaves no one behind. We must see a huge recovery effort for the NHS, to ensure that people get the treatment and service they need, and we must have a renewed focus on supporting mental health.
Children and young people have paid a terrible price for the pandemic, so we must ensure that they are supported to catch up with their learning, and we must invest to create jobs and opportunities for them.
What will you do for your constituency if elected?
I will work to support and improve our high streets in Clydach, Bont, Gorseinon, Gowerton, Mumbles and everywhere in between, so that they can have a vibrant future.
Having been part of a team which put in place the most generous package of support for businesses anywhere in the UK - and being the Minister who gave retail, hospitality and leisure 100% rate relief for another year - I will continue to back our small and medium size enterprises across Gower.