Cardiff Central (Assembly constituency)
|National Assembly for Wales borough constituency|
|Current National Assembly for Wales borough constituency|
|Preserved county||South Glamorgan|
Cardiff Central is a constituency of the National Assembly for Wales. It elects one Assembly Member by the first past the post method of election. Also, however, it is one of eight constituencies in the South Wales Central electoral region, which elects four additional members, in addition to eight constituency members, to produce a degree of proportional representation for the region as a whole.
From 1999 Cardiff Central was a safe seat for the Liberal Democrats. However the seat was lost to Labour in 2011 with a huge 14.7% swing. In 2016 this was the Liberal Democrats target seat with their candidate Eluned Parrott a current regional AM for South Wales Central. The result actually saw a very slight increase in Labour's majority in a very disappointing night for the Liberal Democrats. The seat remains one of the most marginal in the assembly.
The constituency was created for the first election to the Assembly, in 1999, with the name and boundaries of the Cardiff Central Westminster constituency. It is entirely within the preserved county of South Glamorgan.
In general elections for the National Assembly for Wales, each voter has two votes. The first vote may be used to vote for a candidate to become the Assembly Member for the voter's constituency, elected by the first past the post system. The second vote may be used to vote for a regional closed party list of candidates. Additional member seats are allocated from the lists by the d'Hondt method, with constituency results being taken into account in the allocation.
|1999||Jenny Randerson||Liberal Democrat|
Elections in the 2010s
|Welsh Assembly Election 2016: Cardiff Central|
|Liberal Democrats||Eluned Parrott||9,199||35.3||−2.4|
|Plaid Cymru||Glyn Thomas Wise||1,951||7.5||+0.3|
|UKIP||Mohammed Sarul Islam||1,223||4.7||+4.7|
At the 2016 Election, this was the only seat in Wales where UKIP received less than 5% and thus lost their deposit.
|Welsh Assembly Election 2011: Cardiff Central|
|Liberal Democrats||Nigel Howells||8,916||37.7||−13.4|
|Plaid Cymru||Chris Williams||1,690||7.2||−1.1|
|Labour gain from Liberal Democrats||Swing||+14.7|
Elections in the 2000s
|Welsh Assembly Election 2007: Cardiff Central|
|Liberal Democrats||Jenny Randerson||11,462||51.2||−3.4|
|Conservative||Andrew Peter Murphy||3,137||14.0||+2.5|
|Plaid Cymru||Thomas Stanley Whitfield||1,855||8.3||−0.4|
|UKIP||Frank Roger Wyn Hughes||1,046||4.7||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing|
|Welsh Assembly Election 2003: Cardiff Central|
|Liberal Democrats||Jenny Randerson||11,256||54.6||+12.4|
|Labour||Geoff M. Mungham||4,100||19.9||−10.1|
|Conservative||Craig S. Piper||2,378||11.5||−0.2|
|Plaid Cymru||Owen Jon Thomas||1,795||8.7||−6.0|
|Independent||Raja G. Raiz||541||2.6||N/A|
|Independent||Miss Madeleine E. Jeremy||239||1.2||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats hold||Swing|
Elections in the 1990s
|Welsh Assembly Election 1999: Cardiff Central|
|Liberal Democrats||Jenny Randerson||10,937||42.3||N/A|
|Plaid Cymru||Owen Jon Thomas||3,795||14.7||N/A|
|Socialist Alliance||Julian Goss||338||1.3||N/A|
|Liberal Democrats win (new seat)|
- "Wales elections > Cardiff Central". BBC News. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2011.