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Cardiff Central (UK Parliament constituency)

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Preserved county  South Glamorgan
Electorate  64,225 (December 2010)
Type of constituency  Borough constituency
Number of members  1
Population  88,097 (2011 census)
Created  1983
Member of parliament  Jo Stevens
Party  Welsh Labour
Cardiff Central (UK Parliament constituency)
Created from  Cardiff North and Cardiff South East
Welsh assemblies  Cardiff Central railway station, South Wales Central
Replaced by  Cardiff, Cardiff North, Cardiff South East

Cardiff Central (Canol Caerdydd in Welsh) 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 system.



1918-1950: The County Borough of Cardiff wards of Canton, Cathays, Central, and Riverside.

1983-2010: The City of Cardiff wards of Adamsdown, Cathays, Cyncoed, Pentwyn, Plasnewydd, and Roath.

2010-present: The Cardiff electoral divisions of Adamsdown, Cathays, Cyncoed, Pentwyn, Penylan, and Plasnewydd.

As its name suggests, Cardiff Central covers the central area of the City of Cardiff. It extends from the area around the Millennium Stadium in the south to Llanishen Golf Course in the north, taking in the City Centre and the University.


This was a Conservative-held three-way marginal constituency throughout the 1980s but since 1997 Labour and the Liberal Democrats have pushed the Conservative candidate into third place. The Liberal Democrats won the equivalent Welsh Assembly seat in 1999 and 2003 and also dominate the wards which make up the seat in elections to Cardiff Council.

The constituency is socially diverse, with both very affluent and very deprived areas. It has a large student population which seems to have helped Labour to win in 1992 and 1997 but thereafter increasingly switched to the Liberal Democrats due to opposition to government plans for reforming student support. This switched yet again in the 2015 general election where students were disillusioned by the broken promises the Liberal Democrats made regarding tuition fees.

The seat was unchanged in the Fifth Periodical Report of the Parliamentary Boundary Commission for Wales, which took effect at the 2010 general election.

Since the seat's re-creation in 1983, it has been held successively by each of the three main political parties; the Liberal Democrats gained it at the 2005 election after 13 years of Labour representation.

Elections in the 1940s

General election 1939/40: Another general election was required to take place before the end of 1940. The political parties had been making preparations for an election to take place from 1939 and by the end of this year, the following candidates had been selected;

  • National Labour: Sir Ernest Nathaniel Bennett
  • Labour: John Ramage
  • Elections in the 1910s

  • coupon issued but withdrawn.
  • References

    Cardiff Central (UK Parliament constituency) Wikipedia

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