Cardiff South and Penarth (UK Parliament constituency)


Cardiff South and Penarth (UK Parliament constituency)

UK constituency infobox alt
Name = Cardiff South and Penarth


Type = Borough
Entity = Wales
DivisionType = Preserved county
Division = South Glamorgan
Year = 1983
MP = Alun Michael
Party = Labour Co-operative
EP = Wales

Cardiff South and Penarth ( _cy. De Caerdydd a Phenarth) is a borough constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It is normally a strong Labour seat although the Conservatives were able to significantly challenge in their 1983 landslide.

Boundaries

This constituency comprises the Cardiff electoral divisions of Butetown, Grangetown, Llanrumney, Rumney, Splott and Trowbridge. It also includes the four Penarth electoral divisions of Stanwell, St Augustines, Plymouth and Cornerswell, and the communities of Sully, Lavernock and Llandough which are in the Vale of Glamorgan County Borough.

Member of Parliament

The current Member of Parliament for this seat is Alun Michael of the Labour Party. He was elected following James Callaghan's retirement at the 1987 general election. Callaghan was elected to this seat under its old name of Cardiff South in the 1945 general election, and held it continuously until his retirement 42 years later, under its previous name of Cardiff South East.

* 1983 – 1987: James Callaghan, Labour
* 1987 – "present": Alun Michael, Labour Co-operative

Election results

Election box begin
title=Confirmed candidates for Next United Kingdom general election [ [http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/guide/seat-profiles/cardiffsouthandpenarth Cardiff South and Penarth] UK Polling] [ [http://www.libdems.org.uk/party/people/hannigan.1369.html Liberal Democrats Profile Page] Liberal Democrats] : Cardiff South and Penarth
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Dominic Hannigan
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percentage =
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Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Simon Hoare
votes =
percentage =
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Party (UK)
candidate = Alun Michael
votes =
percentage =
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Election box begin
title=General Election 2005: Cardiff South and Penarth
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Co-operative
candidate = Alun Michael
votes = 17,447
percentage = 47.3
change = -8.9
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Victoria Green
votes = 8,210
percentage = 22.2
change = +0.4
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Gavin Cox
votes = 7,529
percentage = 20.4
change = +7.6
Election box candidate with party link
party = Plaid Cymru
candidate = Jason Toby
votes = 2,023
percentage = 5.5
change = 0.0
Election box candidate with party link
party = Green Party of England and Wales
candidate = John Matthews
votes = 729
percentage = 2.0
change = +2.0
Election box candidate with party link
party = United Kingdom Independence Party
candidate = Jennie Tuttle
votes = 522
percentage = 1.4
change = 0.0
Election box candidate with party link
party = Socialist Party (England and Wales)
candidate = David Bartlett
votes = 269
percentage = 0.7
change = +0.7
Election box candidate with party link
party = Independent (politician)
candidate = Andrew Taylor
votes = 104
percentage = 0.3
change = +0.3
Election box candidate with party link
party = Vote For Yourself Rainbow Dream Ticket
candidate = Catherine Taylor-Dawson
votes = 79
percentage = 0.2
change = +0.2
Election box majority
votes = 9,237
percentage = 25.0
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 36,912
percentage = 56.2
change =-0.9
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Co-operative
swing = 4.7

Election box begin
title=General Election 2001: Cardiff South and Penarth
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Co-operative
candidate = Alun Michael
votes = 20,094
percentage = 56.2
change = +2.8
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Maureen Kelly Owen
votes = 7,807
percentage = 21.8
change = +1.1
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Rodney Berman
votes = 4,572
percentage = 12.8
change = +3.4
Election box candidate with party link
party = Plaid Cymru
candidate = Lila Haines
votes = 1,983
percentage = 5.5
change = +2.4
Election box candidate with party link
party = United Kingdom Independence Party
candidate = Justin Callan
votes = 501
percentage = 1.4
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = Welsh Socialist Alliance
candidate = David Bartlett
votes = 427
percentage = 1.2
change = "N/A"
Election box candidate with party link
party = ProLife Alliance
candidate = Anne Savoury
votes = 367
percentage = 1.0
change = "N/A"
Election box majority
votes = 12,287
percentage = 34.4
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 35,751
percentage = 57.1
change = -11.2
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Co-operative
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election 1997: Cardiff South and Penarth
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Co-operative
candidate = Alun Michael
votes = 22,647
percentage = 53.4
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Caroline Roberts
votes = 8,786
percentage = 20.7
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Simon Wakefield
votes = 3,964
percentage = 9.3
change =
Election box candidate
party = New Labour
candidate = J Foreman
votes = 3,942
percentage = 9.3
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Plaid Cymru
candidate = David Haswell
votes = 1,356
percentage = 3.2
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Referendum Party
candidate = P Morgan
votes = 1,211
percentage = 2.9
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Socialist Party (England and Wales)
candidate = M Shepherd
votes = 344
percentage = 0.8
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Natural Law Party
candidate = B Caves
votes = 170
percentage = 0.4
change =
Election box majority
votes = 13,861
percentage =
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 38,478
percentage = 68.6
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Co-operative
swing =

Election box begin
title=General Election 1992: Cardiff South and Penarth
Election box candidate with party link
party = Labour Co-operative
candidate = Alun Michael
votes = 26,383
percentage = 55.5
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Conservative Party (UK)
candidate = Thomas Jarvie
votes = 15,958
percentage = 33.6
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Liberal Democrats (UK)
candidate = Prabhat Verma
votes = 3,707
percentage = 7.8
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Plaid Cymru
candidate = Barbara Anglezarke
votes = 776
percentage = 1.6
change =
Election box candidate with party link
party = Green Party of England and Wales
candidate = L Davey
votes = 676
percentage = 1.4
change =
Election box majority
votes = 10,425
percentage =
change =
Election box turnout
votes = 47,500
percentage = 77.3
change =
Election box hold with party link
winner = Labour Co-operative
swing =

Politics and history of the constituency

While Cardiff South and Penarth was once viewed as one of the safest Labour seats in Britain, their majority has been progressively eroded here since at least 1992. The 2005 general election continued this trend, while bringing the minority Liberal Democrat party up to a level with the Conservative Party, long established as the second party in this seat. It remains to be seen what effect the incorporation of the strongly Conservative ward of Sully will have on the voting patterns in this constituency.

One anomaly visible in the 1997 election results is the presence of the "New Labour" candidate, J Foreman. Not affiliated with the mainstream Labour Party, he nevertheless managed to poll more votes than either Plaid Cymru or the Referendum Party, probably due to the similar party names confusing the voters.

References

*cite web | title=Results: Cardiff South & Penarth | date=2005-05-06 |work=BBC NEWS: Election 2005| publisher=BBC News | url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/vote2005/html/125.stm | accessdate=2006-05-25
*cite web | title=News Release - South Glamorgan | date=2004-11-10 |work=Boundary Commission for Wales | url=http://www.bcomm-wales.gov.uk/recommendations/finalrecs_nr_sglam_e.pdf | format=PDF | accessdate=2006-05-25
*cite web | title=Aristotle: Cardiff South and Penarth | date=2004-05-08 |publisher=Guardian Unlimited | url=http://politics.guardian.co.uk/hoc/constituency/history/0,9571,-791,00.html | accessdate=2006-05-25

See also

* List of Parliamentary constituencies in South Glamorgan


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