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Welsh assembly election
constituency
Cardiff Central
LD Hold
CANDIDATE
PARTY
VOTES
%
+/-%
Jennifer Randerson
LD
11256
54.6
12.4
Geoff Mungham
LAB
4100
19.9
-10.1
Craig Piper
CON
2378
11.5
-0.2
Owen John Thomas
PC
1795
8.7
-6.0
Raja Gul Raiz
WSAW
541
2.6
2.6
Captain Beany
NMBP
289
1.4
1.4
Madeleine Jeremy
PROL
239
1.2
1.2
MAJORITY 
7156
34.7
TURNOUT 
21052
33.7
-11.3
ELECTORATE
62470

DESCRIPTION: Cardiff Central
Cardiff Central has the largest student population of any Welsh seat. This may have helped the Liberal Democrats capture the assembly seat in 1999 and education issues, particularly tuition fees, could be crucial this time around. It has swung between the Conservatives, Labour and the Lib Dems in recent years. In 1992 Labour won the Westminster seat from the Tories and Jon Owen Jones has remained MP ever since, although the Lib Dems came within 750 votes of beating him in 2001. The Lib Dems have poured a huge effort into making Cardiff Central their own, especially as the Conservatives have declined here, and are particularly hopeful that Jenny Randerson, the assembly culture minister, will retain her seat. She is a former leader of the opposition on Cardiff County Council and there are 14 Liberal Democrat councillors within the constituency, compared to Labour's five. The Conservatives have one councillor in the seat and also made a strong showing in the June 1999 European elections.

Cardiff Central contains some of the most affluent areas of Wales, such as Cyncoed and Lakeside, although it also encompasses working class areas like Cathays - where many students live - and Adamsdown. It also includes the magnificent Victorian civic centre as well as the city centre, with its thriving shopping area and the Millennium Stadium – the new “cathedral” of Welsh rugby as well as the temporary home of such English football occasions as the FA Cup final.


PREVIOUS RESULTS
1999 WELSH ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS
LD WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LD
10937
42.2
LAB
7769
30
PC
3795
14.6
CON
3034
11.7
US
338
1.3
2001 GENERAL ELECTION
LAB WIN
PARTY
VOTES
%
LAB
13451
38.6
LD
12792
36.7
CON
5537
15.9
PC
1680
4.8
GRN
661
1.9
SA
283
0.8
UKIP
221
0.6
PLA
217
0.6
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