Cardiff Central (UK Parliament constituency)


Cardiff Central (UK Parliament constituency)

UK constituency infobox alt
Name = Cardiff Central


Type = Borough
Entity = Wales
DivisionType = Preserved county
Division = South Glamorgan
Year = 1918, 1983
MP = Jenny Willott
Party = Liberal Democrat
EP = Wales

Cardiff Central ("Canolog Caerdydd" in Welsh) is a borough constituency in the city of Cardiff. It returns one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post system.

Boundaries

As its name suggests, Cardiff Central covers the central area of the City of Cardiff. It extends from the area around the Millennium Stadium in the south to Llanishen Golf Course in the north, taking in the City Centre, the University, Roath, Cathays, Penylan, Llanedeyrn, Cyncoed, Plasnewydd, Adamsdown and Pentwyn.

History

A Conservative-held three-way marginal throughout the 1980s, in recent years this constituency has become a race between Labour and the Liberal Democrats. The Liberal Democrats won the equivalent Welsh Assembly seat in 1999 and 2003, and also dominate the wards which make up the seat in elections to Cardiff City Council.

The constituency is socially diverse, with both very affluent and very deprived areas. It has a large student population which seems to have helped Labour to win in 1992 and 1997 but thereafter increasingly switched to the Liberal Democrats due to opposition to government plans for reforming student support.

The seat is unchanged in the Fifth Periodical Report of the Parliamentary Boundary Commission for Wales.

Members of Parliament

The UK Parliament seat is currently held by Jenny Willott of the Liberal Democrats. The seat was taken from Jon Owen Jones (Labour Co-operative) in the 2005 general election.

MPs 1918–1950

MPs since 1983

Election results

Election box begin
title=General Election 2005: Cardiff Central
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Jenny Willott
votes = 17,991
percentage = 49.8
change = +13.1
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Co-operative
candidate = Jon Owen Jones
votes = 12,398
percentage = 34.3
change = -4.3
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Gotz Mohindra
votes = 3,339
percentage = 9.2
change = -6.7
Election box candidate with party link
party = Plaid Cymru
candidate = Richard Rhys Grigg
votes = 1,271
percentage = 3.5
change = -1.3
Election box candidate with party link
party = RESPECT The Unity Coalition
candidate = Raja Gul-Raiz
votes = 386
percentage = 1.1
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = United Kingdom Independence Party
candidate = Frank Hughes
votes = 383
percentage = 1.1
change = +0.5
Election box candidate with party link
party = Independent (politician)
candidate = Anne Savoury
votes = 168
percentage = 0.5
change =
Election box candidate
party = New Millennium Bean Party
candidate = Captain Beany
votes = 159
percentage = 0.4
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Vote For Yourself Rainbow Dream Ticket
candidate = Catherine Taylor-Dawson
votes = 37
percentage = 0.1
change =
Election box majority
votes = 5,593
percentage = 15.5
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 36,132
percentage = 59.2
change = +0.9
Election box gain with party link
winner = Liberal Democrats (UK)
loser = Labour Co-operative
swing = 8.7

Election box begin
title=General Election 2001: Cardiff Central
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Co-operative
candidate = Jon Owen Jones
votes = 13,451
percentage = 38.6
change = -5.1
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Jenny Willott
votes = 12,792
percentage = 36.7
change = +11.8
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Gregory Walker
votes = 5,537
percentage = 15.9
change = -4.2
Election box candidate with party link
party = Plaid Cymru
candidate = Richard Rhys Grigg
votes = 1,680
percentage = 4.8
change = +1.3
Election box candidate with party link
party = Green Party of England and Wales
candidate = Stephen Bartley
votes = 661
percentage = 1.9
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Socialist Alliance (England)
candidate = Julian Goss
votes = 283
percentage = 0.8
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = United Kingdom Independence Party
candidate = Frank Hughes
votes = 221
percentage = 0.6
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = ProLife Alliance
candidate = Madeleine Jeremy
votes = 217
percentage = 0.6
change = "N/A"
Election box majority
votes = 659
percentage = 1.9
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 34,842
percentage = 58.3
change = -11.7
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Co-operative
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election 1997: Cardiff Central
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Co-operative
candidate = Jon Owen Jones
votes = 18,464
percentage = 43.7
change = +1.7
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Jenny Randerson
votes = 10,541
percentage = 24.9
change = +3.6
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = David Melding
votes = 8,470
percentage = 20.0
change = -13.9
Election box candidate with party link
party = Socialist Labour Party (UK)
candidate = T Burns
votes = 2,230
percentage = 5.3
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Plaid Cymru
candidate = W Vernon
votes = 1,504
percentage = 3.6
change = +1.8
Election box candidate with party link
party = Referendum Party
candidate = N Lloyd
votes = 760
percentage = 1.8
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Official Monster Raving Loony Party
candidate = C James
votes = 204
percentage = 0.5
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Natural Law Party
candidate = A Hobbs
votes = 80
percentage = 0.2
change =
Election box majority
votes = 7,923
percentage = 18.8
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 70.0
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Co-operative
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election 1992: Cardiff Central
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Co-operative
candidate = Jon Owen Jones
votes = 18,014
percentage = 42.0
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Ian Grist
votes = 14,549
percentage = 33.9
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Jenny Randerson
votes = 9,170
percentage = 21.4
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Plaid Cymru
candidate = Huw Marshall
votes = 748
percentage = 1.7
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Green Party of England and Wales
candidate = Christopher von Ruhland
votes = 330
percentage = 0.8
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Natural Law Party
candidate = B Francis
votes = 105
percentage = 0.2
change =
Election box majority
votes = 3,465
percentage =
change =
Election box turnout
votes =
percentage = 74.4
change =
Election box gain with party link
winner = Labour Co-operative
loser = Conservative Party (UK)
swing =

See also

* List of Parliamentary constituencies in South Glamorgan

External links

* [http://www.election-maps.co.uk UK Constituency Maps]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/static/vote2001/results_constituencies/constituencies/123.stm BBC Vote 2001]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/vote2005/html/123.stm BBC Election 2005]


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