Grangetown (Cardiff electoral ward)

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Grangetown ward
Electoral ward
Cardiff ward location - Grangetown.png
Location of Grangetown ward within Cardiff
Population19,385 (2011 census)
Principal area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCARDIFF
Postcode districtCF11
Dialling code+44-29
EU ParliamentWales
UK Parliament
Welsh Assembly
List of places

Grangetown is an electoral ward in the city of Cardiff, Wales. It covers its namesake community of Grangetown. The ward was originally created in 1890 as a ward to Cardiff County Borough Council.


The Grangetown ward lies to the south of the city between the rivers Taff and Ely. The ward elects three councillors to Cardiff Council. Traditionally represented by the Labour Party it has, in the 2000s, also elected Liberal Democrat and Plaid Cymru councillors.

According to the 2011 census the population of the ward was 19,385.[1]

Election results[edit]


At the May 2017 County Council elections Labour won all three seats, winning back the seat lost to Plaid Cymru in November 2016. Ashley Lister, grandson of the late councillor Chris Lomax (who died in September 2016) topped the poll.[2]

2017 Cardiff Council election [3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ashley Lister 2199
Labour Abdul Sattar 2198
Labour Lynda Thorne * 2121
Plaid Cymru Tariq Awan * 1757
Plaid Cymru Richard Vaughan 1438
Plaid Cymru Lisa Musa 1310
Conservative Michael Bryan 671
Conservative Jenna Malvisi 604
Conservative Andrew Pike 580
Liberal Democrats Jahangir Hussain 350
Green Simon Morton 272
Liberal Democrats Malcolm Evans 232
Liberal Democrats Muhammed Latif 194
TUSC Lianne Francis 65
TUSC Joe Fathallah 46

2016 by-election[edit]

Following the death of Labour councillor Chris Lomax a by-election was held on 3 November 2016 which was won by Plaid Cymru candidate Tariq Awan, though by only 114 votes.[4]

2016 Grangetown by-election [5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Tariq Awan 1163
Labour Maliika Kaaba 1049
Conservative Michael Bryan 287
UKIP Richard Lewis 141
Liberal Democrats Ashgar Ali 127


In May 2012 Labour won back from the Liberal Democrats the three seats they'd previously lost in 2004, with Plaid Cymru making a very strong surge.[6]

2012 Cardiff Council elections [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ashley Govier 1,812
Labour Chris Lomax 1,709
Labour Lynda Doreen Thorne 1,704
Plaid Cymru Abdul Sattar 1,511
Plaid Cymru Mohammed Tariq Awan 1,467
Plaid Cymru Luke Nicholas 1,391
Liberal Democrats Francesca Eva Sara Montemaggi * 505
Liberal Democrats David Morgan * 501
Liberal Democrats Paul Harding 489
Conservative Vincent Bailey 308
Conservative Axel Kaehne 266
Conservative Karys Oram 251
Green Sian Best 215
Green Ken Barker 205
Christian Clive Stanley Bate 84
Communist Rick Newnham 77


In May 2008 the Liberal Democrats successfully defended their three seats.

2008 Cardiff Council elections
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Francesca Montemaggi * 1357
Liberal Democrats Asghar Ali * 1319
Liberal Democrats David Morgan 1317
Labour Lynda Doreen Thorne 1138
Labour Stephen Brooks 1131
Labour David Collins 1104
Plaid Cymru Farida Alsam 1099
Plaid Cymru Patrick Daley 1009
Plaid Cymru Ioan Bellin 920
Conservative Benjamin Green 546
Conservative Mark Jones 533
Conservative Michael Wallbank 482
Communist Rick Newnham 111


In May 2004 the Liberal Democrats won all three seats from the Labour Party. Labour councillor Peter Perkins had represented the area since 1981, initially for the Marl ward before it became part of Grangetown.[8]

2004 Cardiff Council elections [9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrats Margaret Winifred Jones 1,424
Liberal Democrats Francesca Montemaggi 1,417
Liberal Democrats Asghar Ali 1,404
Labour Lynda Doreen Thorne * 1,122
Labour Iftakhar Mohammad Khan 1,113
Labour Peter George Perkins * 1,072
Plaid Cymru Patrick Daley 838
Plaid Cymru Abul Faiz M. Belal 764
Plaid Cymru Jason Scott Toby 749
Conservative Jean Summerhayes 427
Conservative Adrian John Spinola 420
Conservative Richard Peter Mendelssohn 369

Cardiff County Borough Council[edit]


At the last elections to the pre-1974 county borough council on 7 May 1970, Labour's Bernard Matthewson returned to the council, defeating Grangetown's sitting Conservative councillor after a recount.[10]

1970 Cardiff City Council election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Armour Bernard Matthewson 1,260
Conservative Anthea Jean Thomas * 1,249
Plaid Cymru Peter Stayeley McMullen 315
Labour gain from Conservative Swing


At the first Grangetown election on 1 November 1890, John Jenkins, a shipwright and a nominee of Cardiff Trades Council, was declared to be the first genuine working man's representative elected to the council. There were a large number of seafaring households in the south of the ward.[11]

1890 Cardiff City Council election
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Lib-Lab John Jenkins 484
Conservative Robert Upham 260
Turnout 753 61.4

Ward creation[edit]

In July 1890, following the creation of Cardiff County Borough Council, Grangetown was the name of one of the ten new electoral wards created in the county borough.[12] Each of the three councillors took turns to stand for re-election, on a three-yearly cycle.

* = sitting councillor prior to the election


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  3. ^ "The full results from Cardiff council's local elections 2017". Wales Online. 4 May 2017. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
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  11. ^ "Cardiff Municipal Elections - Liberal Victory". South Wales Daily News. 3 November 1890. p. 4 – via Welsh Newspapers Online.
  12. ^ "Cardiff New Wards - Determining The Boundaries". The Western Mail. 29 July 1890. p. 6 – via Welsh Newspapers Online.