"A seat in long-term Labour control, previously represented at Westminster by the former Prime Minister James Callaghan and now represented by Welsh Secretary Alun Michael with a majority of 12,881 over the Conservatives, who polled 8,766 at the 1997 General Election. Third-placed in 1997 were the Liberal Democrats on 3,964, and Plaid Cymru came fifth on 1,356, behind the confusingly-titled New Labour candidate. The area includes Cardiff’s docklands, the Cardiff Bay area - home of the National Assembly - many working-class communities as well as more prosperous Penarth. The seat forms part of the Cardiff unitary authority, whose electors voted No in the 1997 devolution referendum by a sizeable majority of 12,062. Cardiff unitary authority itself is firmly in Labour hands, with Labour holding 55 of the 67 seats, the Liberal Democrats holding 9, the Conservatives 2 and Plaid Cymru 1."