Cardiff West (UK Parliament constituency)

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

Coordinates: 51°29′10″N 3°12′50″W / 51.486°N 3.214°W / 51.486; -3.214

Cardiff West
Borough constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Cardiff West in Wales.
Preserved county South Glamorgan
Electorate 64,295 (December 2010)[1]
Current constituency
Created 1950
Member of Parliament Kevin Brennan (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Cardiff
Overlaps
Welsh Assembly South Wales Central
European Parliament constituency Wales

Cardiff West (Welsh: Gorllewin 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. It was created in 1950.

History[edit]

A traditionally safe Labour seat which used to return George Thomas before he became Speaker, it has returned a Conservative only once, in the Tories' landslide year of 1983, in the shape of Stefan Terlezki.

The seat returned to the Labour fold safely in 1987 with Rhodri Morgan. After the creation of the Welsh Assembly Government, Morgan stepped down from his Westminster seat in 2001 to serve as leader of Welsh Labour and First Minister for Wales. Kevin Brennan retained the seat for Labour on Morgan's retirement from Westminster politics, and has remained the MP ever since.

Boundaries[edit]

1955-1974: The county borough of Cardiff wards of Canton, Ely, Grangewater, Llandaff, and Riverside.

1974-1983: The county borough of Cardiff wards of Canton, Ely, Llandaff, Plasmawr, and Riverside.

1983-2010: The City of Cardiff wards of Caerau, Canton, Ely, Fairwater, Llandaff, Radyr and St Fagans, and Riverside.

2010-present: The Cardiff electoral divisions of Caerau, Canton, Creigiau/St Fagans, Ely, Fairwater, Llandaff, Pentyrch, Radyr, and Riverside.

Cardiff West is entirely within the boundaries of the city of Cardiff, taking up the northwestern quarter of the borough at the boundaries of the boroughs of Rhondda Cynon Taf and Vale of Glamorgan. Population areas within the constituency include Riverside, Pontcanna, St Fagans and Ely.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1950 George Thomas Labour
1976 Speaker
1983 Stefan Terlezki Conservative
1987 Rhodri Morgan Labour
2001 Kevin Brennan Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2010: Cardiff West[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevin Brennan 16,893 41.2 −3.6
Conservative Angela Jones-Evans 12,143 29.6 +7.0
Liberal Democrat Rachael Hitchinson 7,186 17.5 +0.5
Plaid Cymru Mohammed Sarul Islam 2,868 7.0 −5.9
UKIP Michael Hennessey 1,117 2.7 +0.6
Green Jake Griffiths 750 1.8 +1.8
Majority 4,750 11.6
Turnout 40,957 65.2 +7.0
Labour hold Swing −5.3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Cardiff West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevin Brennan 15,729 45.5 −9.1
Conservative Simon Baker 7,562 21.9 +0.6
Liberal Democrat Alison Goldsworthy 6,060 17.5 +4.4
Plaid Cymru Neil McEvoy 4,316 12.5 +2.8
UKIP Joe Callan 727 2.1 +0.7
Rainbow Dream Ticket Catherine Taylor-Dawson 167 0.5 N/A
Majority 8,167 23.6
Turnout 34,561 57.7 −0.7
Labour hold Swing −4.8
General Election 2001: Cardiff West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Kevin Brennan 18,594 54.6 −5.8
Conservative Andrew Davies 7,273 21.3 −0.2
Liberal Democrat Jacqui Gasson 4,458 13.1 +2.2
Plaid Cymru Delme Bowen 3,296 9.7 +4.8
UKIP Joyce Jenking 462 1.4 N/A
Majority 11,321 33.3
Turnout 34,083 58.4 −10.7
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Cardiff West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rhodri Morgan 24,297 60.3
Conservative Simon Hoare 8,669 21.5
Liberal Democrat Jacqui Gasson 4,366 10.8
Plaid Cymru Gwenillian Carr 1,949 4.8
Referendum Party Trefor Johns 996 2.5 N/A
Majority 15,628 38.8
Turnout 40,277 69.2
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1992: Cardiff West[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rhodri Morgan 24,306 53.2 +7.7
Conservative Michael J. Prior 15,015 32.9 −3.6
Liberal Democrat Jacqui Gasson 5,002 10.9 −5.4
Plaid Cymru Miss Penni M. Bestic 1,177 2.6 +0.9
Natural Law Andrew E. Harding 184 0.4 +0.4
Majority 9,291 20.3 +11.3
Turnout 45,684 77.5 −0.3
Labour hold Swing +5.6

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Cardiff West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rhodri Morgan 20,329 45.5
Conservative Stefan Terlezki 16,284 36.5
Social Democrat R. G. Drake 7,300 16.4
Plaid Cymru Peter J. Keelan 736 1.7
Majority 4,045 9.1
Turnout 77.8
Labour gain from Conservative Swing
General Election 1983: Cardiff West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Stefan Terlezki 15,472 38.0
Labour David Seligman 13,698 33.6
Social Democrat Jeffrey Thomas 10,388 25.5
Plaid Cymru Meurig Parri 848 2.1
Ecology Graham Jones 352 0.9
Majority 1,774 4.4
Turnout 40,758 69.6
Conservative gain from Speaker Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Cardiff West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Speaker George Thomas 27,035 85.6 +35.6
Plaid Cymru A. Ogwen 3,272 10.4 +4.9
National Front C. Gibbon 1,287 4.1 N/A
Majority 23,763 75.2 +56.8
Turnout 31,594 60.8 -8.9
Speaker gain from Labour Swing
General Election October 1974: Cardiff West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Thomas 18,153 50.0
Conservative W. F. Dunn 11,481 31.6
Liberal R. M. James 4,669 12.9
Plaid Cymru D. Hughes 2,008 5.5
Majority 6,672 18.4
Turnout 69.7
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Cardiff West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Thomas 16,712 44.0
Conservative G. J. Neale 13,366 35.2
Liberal R. M. James 5,812 15.3
Plaid Cymru D. Hughes 2,093 5.5
Majority 3,346 8.8
Turnout 73.6
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Cardiff West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Thomas 21,655 49.8
Conservative Robert C. Williams 15,878 36.5
Plaid Cymru D. Hughes 4,378 10.1
Liberal Stephen Robert Charles Wanhill 1,594 3.7
Majority 5,777 13.3
Turnout 71.0
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Cardiff West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Thomas 26,139 61.00
Conservative SW Doxsey 16,714 39.00
Majority 9,425 21.99
Turnout 75.06
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Cardiff West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Thomas 25,998 59.17
Conservative KT Flynn 17,941 40.83
Majority 8,057 18.34
Turnout 76.40
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Cardiff West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Thomas 25,390 53.29
Conservative AL Hanninan 22,258 46.71
Majority 3,132 6.57
Turnout 80.05
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Cardiff West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Thomas 26,042 55.27
Conservative E Simons 21,080 44.73
Majority 4,962 10.53
Turnout 76.69
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1951: Cardiff West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Thomas 28,995 55.13
Conservative AL Hallinan 23,595 44.87
Majority 5,400 10.27
Turnout 84.11
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Cardiff West
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour George Thomas 27,200 54.30
Conservative CS Hallinan 22,893 45.70
Majority 4,307 8.60
Turnout 82.23
Labour hold Swing

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Beyond 20/20 WDS - Table view". 2011 Electorate Figures. StatsWales. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ Cardiff West BBC Election - Cardiff West
  4. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Wirral
Constituency represented by the Speaker
1976–1983
Succeeded by
Croydon North East