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 Cardiff West
Other Labour hold
Name Party Votes % +/- %
Kevin Brennan Labour 18,594 54.6 -5.7
Andrew Davies Conservative 7,273 21.3 -0.2
Jacqui Gasson Liberal Democrat 4,458 13.1 +2.3
Delme Bowen Plaid Cymru 3,296 9.7 +4.9
Joyce Jenking UK Independence 462 1.4  
Majority 11,321 33.2
Turnout 34,083 58.4 -10.8
Swing
Against 1997 General Election 2.8% from Labour to Conservative
Against 1999 devolution poll 6.8% from Labour to Conservative

Description
This has been Rhodri Morgan's seat since 1987, and apart from the 1983 election, it had been a safe Labour seat since 1929.

The former Welsh secretary and speaker of the House of Commons George Thomas held the seat between 1945-83.

While Thomas was a fervent opponent of devolution, Rhodri Morgan has been consistently pro-devolution, and vacates the seat to focus on his role as Wales' first secretary, a position hes held since February 2000.

The seat has a wide social mix, ranging from council estates, inner-city areas and prosperous suburbs.

It includes the wealthy areas of Llandaff, Radyr and St Fagans, which, while socially middle class, politically at least, have tended to remain Labour.

The Museum of Welsh Life at St Fagans, and Llandaff Cathedral attract many tourists to these areas, but the constituency also includes the Ely area - undoubtedly one of the most socially deprived areas in Wales.

Perhaps one symptom of this social exclusion can be seen in Glan Ely High School - the only school in Wales that has twice been condemned as "failing."

Canton and Riverside - traditional late-Victorian terraced residential areas - continue to follow Pontcanna, in terms of undergoing major social changes.

Past Results

1997 General Election
 Cardiff West
Labour hold
Name Party Votes %
Rhodri Morgan Labour 24,297 60.3
Simon Hoare Conservative 8,669 21.5
Jacqui Gasson Liberal Democrat 4,366 10.8
Gwenillian Carr Plaid Cymru 1,949 4.8
Trefor Johns Referendum 996 2.5
Majority 15,628 38.8
Turnout 40,277 69.2
1999 Welsh Assembly Election
 Cardiff West
Labour win
Name Party Votes %
Rhodri Morgan Labour 14,305 61.6
Myranna Boult Conservative 3,446 14.8
Eluned Bush Plaid Cymru 3,402 14.6
Dewi Garrow-Smith Liberal Democrat 2,063 8.9
Majority 10,859 46.8
Turnout 23,216 40.5
 
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