Splott (electoral ward)

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Splott ward
Electoral ward
Cardiff ward location - Splott.png
Location of Splott ward within Cardiff
Population13,261 (2011 census)[1]
Principal area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townCARDIFF
Postcode districtCF24
Dialling code+44-29
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
List of places

Splott is the name of an electoral ward in the south of Cardiff, capital city of Wales. It covers the communities of Splott and Tremorfa (which was created from the northeastern part of Splott in 2016).


The Splott ward is bordered to the north by the Penylan and Rumney wards, to the northwest by Adamsdown, to the southwest by the Butetown ward. To the southeast is the Severn Estuary.

The Splott ward elected two councillors to Cardiff Council in 1995 and has elected three councillors since 1999. It has been represented by the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats.[2] In May 2012 all three seats were won by a new team of Labour councillors,[3] after a bitter campaign where the Liberal Democrats making a complaint to the police that Labour candidate, Luke Holland, had given a misleading address on his notice of poll.[4]

Splott councillor Huw Thomas became leader of the Labour-controlled Cardiff Council in May 2017.[5] Lord Jack Brooks, who became leader of South Glamorgan County Council, was a Splott councillor during the 80s and 90s.[6]

Cardiff's first ethnic minority councillor, Manuel Delgado, was elected for Labour in the Splott ward in May 1967.[7] Of Cape Verdean heritage, Delgado is also claimed as the first black councillor in Wales. He also became Cardiff's first black magistrate in 1969.[8]

County councillors[edit]

Representation 1995 – date [2]
Election    Labour      Lib Dem  
2017 3 -
2012 3 -
2008 2 1
2004 1 2
1999 3 -
1995 2 -

Cardiff County Borough Council[edit]

Prior to 1890 the Splott area was covered by the East ward of Cardiff. In July 1890, following the creation of Cardiff County Borough Council, Splott was the name of one of the ten new electoral wards created in the county borough.[9] Each of the three councillors took turns to stand for re-election, on a three-yearly cycle.


  1. ^ "Splott - Key Stats". UKcensusdata.com. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Cardiff Council Election Results 1995-2012" (PDF). The Elections Centre. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Fresh faces in Cardiff's Splott ward as Labour paint the area red at Election 2012". Wales Online. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Labour candidate referred to police in Cardiff address row". Wales Online. 20 April 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  5. ^ Ruth Mosalski (8 May 2017). "Cardiff Labour group picks Huw Thomas as its new leader". Wales Online. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Jack Brooks", South Wales Echo, 25 February 2005. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Tories in control of the major power centres - 18 seat lead in Cardiff for Tories". South Wales Echo. 12 May 1967. p. 1. And Mr. Manuel Delgado, the victor of Splott, becomes the first coloured member of the city council.
  8. ^ Sinclair, Meil M. C. (1993–2017), Endangered Tiger: The Tiger Bay Story, Wordcatcher Publishing, p. 259, ISBN 978-1-911265214
  9. ^ "Cardiff New Wards - Determining The Boundaries". The Western Mail. 29 July 1890. p. 6 – via Welsh Newspapers Online.

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