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Coordinates: 51°30′14″N 3°09′00″W / 51.504°N 3.150°W / 51.504; -3.150

Cardiff Central
Borough constituency
Cardiff Central
Cardiff Central shown within Wales
Created: 1918, 1983
MP: Jenny Willott
Party: Liberal Democrat
Type: House of Commons
Preserved county: South Glamorgan
EP constituency: 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.



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.


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.

Since the seat's re-creation in 1983, it has been held successively by each of the three main political parties; the Liberal Democrats gained it at the 2005 election after 13 years of Labour representation.

Members of Parliament


MPs 1918–1950

Election Member Party
1918 James Childs Gould Conservative
1924 Lewis Lougher Conservative
1929 Ernest Bennett Labour
1931 National Labour
1945 George Thomas Labour
1950 constituency abolished

MPs since 1983

Election Member Party
1983 constituency recreated
1983 Ian Grist Conservative
1992 Jon Owen Jones Labour Co-operative
2005 Jenny Willott Welsh Liberal Democrats

Election results

Prospective candidates for the General Election 2010: Cardiff Central [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Monster Raving Loony Mark Beech aka "The Good Knight Sir Nosda"
Green Sam Coates
Independent Kaz Hubertz
UKIP Frank Hughes
Labour Jenny Rathbone
Conservative Karen Robson
Trade Unionist & Socialist Ross Saunders
Plaid Cymru Chris Williams
Liberal Democrats Jenny Willott

Elections in the 2000s

General Election 2005: Cardiff Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Jenny Willott 17,991 49.8 +13.1
Labour Co-op Jon Owen Jones 12,398 34.3 -4.3
Conservative Gotz Mohindra 3,339 9.2 -6.7
Plaid Cymru Richard Rhys Grigg 1,271 3.5 -1.3
Respect Raja Gul-Raiz 386 1.1
UKIP Frank Hughes 383 1.1 +0.5
Independent Anne Savoury 168 0.5
New Millennium Bean Party Captain Beany 159 0.4
Rainbow Dream Ticket Catherine Taylor-Dawson 37 0.1
Majority 5,593 15.5
Turnout 36,132 59.2 +0.9
Liberal Democrats gain from Labour Co-op Swing 8.7
General Election 2001: Cardiff Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Jon Owen Jones 13,451 38.6 -5.1
Liberal Democrats Jenny Willott 12,792 36.7 +11.8
Conservative Gregory Walker 5,537 15.9 -4.2
Plaid Cymru Richard Rhys Grigg 1,680 4.8 +1.3
Green Stephen Bartley 661 1.9 N/A
Socialist Alliance Julian Goss 283 0.8 N/A
UKIP Frank Hughes 221 0.6 N/A
ProLife Alliance Madeleine Jeremy 217 0.6 N/A
Majority 659 1.9
Turnout 34,842 58.3 -11.7
Labour Co-op hold Swing
General Election 1997: Cardiff Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Jon Owen Jones 18,464 43.7 +1.7
Liberal Democrats Jenny Randerson 10,541 24.9 +3.6
Conservative David Melding 8,470 20.0 -13.9
Socialist Labour T Burns 2,230 5.3
Plaid Cymru W Vernon 1,504 3.6 +1.8
Referendum Party N Lloyd 760 1.8
Monster Raving Loony C James 204 0.5
Natural Law A Hobbs 80 0.2
Majority 7,923 18.8
Turnout 70.0
Labour Co-op hold Swing
General Election 1992: Cardiff Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Co-op Jon Owen Jones 18,014 42.0
Conservative Ian Grist 14,549 33.9
Liberal Democrats Jenny Randerson 9,170 21.4
Plaid Cymru Huw Marshall 748 1.7
Green Christopher von Ruhland 330 0.8
Natural Law B. Francis 105 0.2
Majority 3,465
Turnout 74.4
Labour Co-op gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1987: Cardiff Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Grist 15,241 37.1
Labour Jon Owen Jones 13,255 32.3
Liberal Mike German 12,062 29.3
Plaid Cymru Dr. Siân M. Caiach 535 1.3
Majority 1,986 4.8
Turnout 77.6
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Cardiff Central
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Grist 16,090 41.4
Liberal Mike German 12,638 32.6
Labour R. T. Davies 9,387 24.2
Plaid Cymru A. P. Morgan 704 1.8
Majority 3,452 8.8
Turnout 72.1

See also


  1. ^ Cardiff Central UK Polling Report

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