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 Cardiff South & Penarth
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Alun Michael Labour 20,094 56.2 +2.8
Maureen Kelly Owen Conservative 7,807 21.8 +1.1
Rodney Berman Liberal Democrat 4,572 12.8 +3.5
Lila Haines Plaid Cymru 1,983 5.5 +2.3
Justin Callan UK Independence 501 1.4  
David Bartlett Socialist Alliance 427 1.2  
Anne Savoury ProLife Alliance 367 1.0  
Majority 12,287 34.4
Turnout 35,751 57.5 -10.8
Against 1997 General Election 0.8% from Conservative to Labour
Against 1999 devolution poll 2.4% from Conservative to Labour

This seat has been in long-term Labour control and boasts many MPs who have reached the top in British and Welsh politics.

Former prime minister James Callaghan held the seat in its various forms from 1945-1987.

He was followed by Alun Michael, who became secretary of state for Wales and first secretary of the National Assembly, until he resigned on 9 February 2000.

The constituency includes two very distinct areas, in two local authorities.

The wards in Cardiff are largely traditional working class, including Butetown, Grangetown and Splott. It includes the old docklands - now reborn as the regenerated Cardiff Bay. These sections of the city are home to a multitude of ethnic groups.

Some of these areas were previously, to many, no-go areas, but the regeneration of south Cardiff, has led to an influx of largely white, young, middle class residents.

Many of these have moved into new luxury accommodation, around Cardiff Bay, home of the National Assembly.

The second half of the constituency also share views of the Bay, the Barrage, and the recently created freshwater lake, but Penarth in the Vale of Glamorgan, is generally more prosperous.

Consequently, it is politically, as well as socially, more conservative.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Cardiff South & Penarth
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Alun Michael Labour 22,647 53.4
Caroline Roberts Conservative 8,786 20.7
Simon Wakefield Liberal Democrat 3,964 9.3
John Foreman Independent 3,942 9.3
David Haswell Plaid Cymru 1,356 3.2
Phillip Morgan Referendum 1,211 2.9
Mike Shepherd Socialist Party 344 0.8
Barbara Caves Natural Law 170 0.4
Majority 13,861 32.7
Turnout 42,420 68.3
1999 Welsh Assembly Election
 Cardiff South & Penarth
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Lorraine Barrett Labour 11,057 48.0
Mary Davies Conservative 4,254 18.5
John Rowlands Plaid Cymru 3,931 17.0
Jane Maw-Cornish Liberal Democrat 2,890 12.5
David Bartlett United Socialist 355 1.5
John Foreman Independent 339 1.5
Tom Davies Celtic Alliance 210 0.9
Majority 6,803 29.5
Turnout 23,036 37.9