Cardiff North (UK Parliament constituency)

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Not to be confused with Cardiff North (Assembly constituency).

Coordinates: 51°31′01″N 3°12′11″W / 51.517°N 3.203°W / 51.517; -3.203

Cardiff North
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Cardiff North in Wales.
Preserved county South Glamorgan
Population 88,114 (2011 census)[1]
Electorate 67,194 (December 2010)[2]
Current constituency
Created 1950
Member of parliament Jonathan Evans (Conservative)
Number of members One
Overlaps
Welsh Assembly South Wales Central
European Parliament constituency Wales

Cardiff North (Welsh: Gogledd Caerdydd) 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 voting system.

History[edit]

This seat is the residential quarter of Wales' capital, over half of northern Cardiff consists of owner-occupied housing, with a higher number of a middle class population than other sections. Historically it has mainly elected Conservative MPs, but with new housing development Welsh Labour has over turned the nominal majority more recently, turning the seat into a national target swing-constituency. By 2004, the Conservatives held a majority of councillors within the district (13, against five Liberal Democrats, three independents and no Labour), but in the following 2005 general election Welsh Labour's Julie Morgan retained the seat but with a reduced majority.

BBC News political editor Nick Robinson profiled the constituency as part of the BBC's build-up to the 2010 general election:[3] saying:

Morgan stood again for Welsh Labour, whilst the Conservatives chose Jonathan Evans MEP, who had previously been the MP for Brecon and Radnor. Evans won by 194 votes.

Boundaries[edit]

1955-1974: The county borough of Cardiff wards of Cathays, Central, Gabalfa, Penylan, and Plasnewydd.

1974-1983: The county borough of Cardiff wards of Cathays, Central, Penylan, and Plasnewydd.

1983-2010: The City of Cardiff wards of Gabalfa, Heath, Lisvane and St Mellons, Llandaff North, Llanishen, Rhiwbina, and Whitchurch and Tongwynlais.

2010–present: The Cardiff electoral divisions of Gabalfa, Heath, Lisvane, Llandaff North, Llanishen, Pontprennau & Old St. Mellons, Rhiwbina, and Whitchurch & Tongwynlais.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4][5] Party
1950 David Llewellyn Conservative
1959 Donald Box Conservative
1966 Ted Rowlands Labour
1970 Michael Roberts Conservative
Feb 1974 Ian Grist Conservative
1983 Gwilym Jones Conservative
1997 Julie Morgan Labour
2010 Jonathan Evans Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Cardiff North[6][7][8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrat Elizabeth Clark
Christian Jeff Green
Alter Change Shaun Jenkins
Green Ruth Osner
Plaid Cymru Elin Walker Jones
UKIP Ethan R Wilkinson[9][10]
Conservative Craig Williams
Labour Mari Williams

Going into the 2015 general election, this is the twelfth most marginal constituency in Great Britain, Labour requiring a swing from the Conservatives of 0.2% to take the seat (based on the result of the 2010 general election).[11]

General Election 2010: Cardiff North[12][13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Jonathan Evans 17,860 37.5 +1.0
Labour Julie Morgan 17,666 37.1 −1.9
Liberal Democrat John Dixon 8,724 18.3 −0.4
Plaid Cymru Llywelyn Rhys 1,588 3.3 −0.9
UKIP Lawrence Gwynn 1,130 2.4 +1.2
Green Christopher von Ruhland 362 0.8 +0.8
Christian Derek Thomson 300 0.6 +0.6
Majority 194 0.4
Turnout 47,630 72.7 +2.2
Conservative gain from Labour Swing +1.5

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Cardiff North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Julie Morgan 17,707 39.0 −6.9
Conservative Jonathan Morgan 16,561 36.5 +4.9
Liberal Democrat John Dixon 8,483 18.7 +3.4
Plaid Cymru John Rowlands 1,936 4.3 −1.4
UKIP Don Hulston 534 1.2 −0.2
Forward Wales Alison Hobbs 138 0.3 +0.3
Rainbow Dream Ticket Catherine Taylor-Dawson 1 0.0 0.0
Majority 1,146 2.5
Turnout 45,360 70.5 +1.5
Labour hold Swing −5.9

In the 2005 election, Julie Morgan was re-elected with a reduced majority. Catherine Taylor-Dawson of the Vote For Yourself Rainbow Dream Ticket party scored the lowest result (one vote) of any constituency in this general election.

General Election 2001: Cardiff North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Julie Morgan 19,845 45.9 −4.6
Conservative Alastair Watson 13,680 31.6 −2.0
Liberal Democrat John Dixon 6,631 15.3 +4.4
Plaid Cymru Sion Jobbins 2,471 5.7 +3.2
UKIP Don Hulston 613 1.4 N/A
Majority 6,165 14.3
Turnout 43,240 69.0 −11.2
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Cardiff North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Julie Morgan 24,460 50.4 +11.5
Conservative Gwilym Jones 16,334 33.7 −11.5
Liberal Democrat Robyn Rowland 5,294 10.9 −2.7
Plaid Cymru Colin Palfrey 1,201 2.5 +0.6
Referendum Party Edward J. Litchfield 1,199 2.5 N/A
Majority 8,126 16.8
Turnout 48,488 80.2
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1992: Cardiff North[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gwilym Jones 21,547 45.1 −0.1
Labour Julie Morgan 18,578 38.9 +12.2
Liberal Democrat Mrs Eve Warlow 6,487 13.6 −12.9
Plaid Cymru Mrs Eluned Mary Bush 916. 1.9 +0.4
BNP John H. Morse 121 0.3 N/A
Natural Law David L. Palmer 86 0.2 N/A
Majority 2,969 6.2 −12.4
Turnout 47,735 84.1 +3.1
Conservative hold Swing −6.2

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Cardiff North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gwilym Jones 20,061 45.28
Labour Stephen Howard Tarbet 11,827 26.69
Social Democratic Anthony William Jeremy 11,725 26.46
Plaid Cymru Mrs Eluned Mary Bush 692 1.56
Majority 8,234 18.58
Turnout 80.99
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: Cardiff North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Gwilym Jones 19,433 47.11
Social Democratic Anthony William Jeremy 12,585 30.51
Labour J Hutt 8,256 20.02
Plaid Cymru D Huws 974 2.36
Majority 6,848 16.60
Turnout 77.28
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Cardiff North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Grist 17,181 47.31
Labour MD Petrou 13,133 36.16
Liberal Mike German 4,921 13.55
Plaid Cymru OJ Thomas 1,081 2.98
Majority 4,048 11.15
Turnout 75.70
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Cardiff North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Grist 13,480 41.93
Labour J Collins 11,479 35.70
Liberal Mike German 5,728 17.82
Plaid Cymru P Richards 1,464 4.55
Majority 2,001 6.22
Turnout 73.31
Conservative hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Cardiff North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Ian Grist 14,659 42.88
Labour J Collins 10,806 31.61
Liberal TAD Thomas 7,139 20.88
Plaid Cymru P Richards 1,586 4.64
Majority 3,853 11.27
Turnout 78.58
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1970: Cardiff North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Michael Roberts 21,983 46.95
Labour Ted Rowlands 20,207 43.16
Liberal HM O'Brien 2,701 5.77
Plaid Cymru BM Edwards 1,927 4.12
Majority 1,776 3.79
Turnout 76.58
Conservative gain from Labour Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Cardiff North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Ted Rowlands 23,669 50.72
Conservative Donald Box 22,997 49.28
Majority 672 1.44
Turnout 78.97
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1964: Cardiff North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Donald Box 21,837 44.64
Labour JA Reynolds 18,215 37.24
Liberal DG Rees 7,806 15.96
Plaid Cymru EP Roberts 1,058 2.16
Majority 3,622 7.40
Turnout 80.68
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Cardiff North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Donald Box 28,737 57.76
Labour GS Viner 18,054 36.29
Plaid Cymru EP Roberts 2,553 5.13
Independent SG Worth 408 0.82
Majority 10,683 21.47
Turnout 82.94
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1955: Cardiff North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Llewellyn 29,409 59.25
Labour Leo Abse 20,224 40.75
Majority 9,185 18.51
Turnout 80.90
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1951: Cardiff North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Llewellyn 29,408 56.55
Labour J Evans 22,600 43.45
Majority 6,808 13.09
Turnout 85.59
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1950: Cardiff North
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Llewellyn 23,988 46.96
Labour W Howlett 21,081 41.27
Liberal DA Jones 6,017 11.78
Majority 2,907 5.69
Turnout 84.38
Conservative hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Cardiff North: Usual Resident Population, 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Beyond 20/20 WDS - Table view". 2011 Electorate Figures. StatsWales. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Nick Robinson's Newslog "Taking The Pulse: Cardiff"
  4. ^ "Cardiff North 1950-". Hansard 1803-2005. UK Parliament. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  6. ^ http://electionresults.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/cardiff-north-2015.html
  7. ^ http://tongwynlais.com/2014/12/17/new-parliamentary-candidate-for-cardiff-north
  8. ^ "Cardiff North Parliamentary constituency". Election 2015. BBC News. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  9. ^ https://twitter.com/ethanrwilkinson
  10. ^ http://ukpollingreport.co.uk/2015guide/cardiffnorth/
  11. ^ Ransome Mpini; Charlotte Thornton; John Walton; Marcelo Zanni (24 February 2014). "Election 2015: The political battleground". BBC News. Retrieved 29 January 2015. 
  12. ^ Cardiff North Cardiff County Council - candidates Cardiff North
  13. ^ Cardiff North BBC Election - Cardiff North
  14. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 

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