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City of Cardiff Council


Historic results

Year Labour Lib Dem Con Independent Plaid
2012 46 16 7 4 2
2008 13 35 17 3 7
2004 27 33 12 0 3
1999 50 18 5 1 1
1995 61 9 1 0 1

The council was run by a Labour majority administration between 1995 and 2004. The Liberal Democrats ran a minority administration from 2004-2008. In 2012 Labour regained control of the council.

Following the 2008 local elections in Cardiff there was still no party with an overall majority. The Lib Dems increased their total number of councillors to 35, forming an administration with Plaid Cymru, with Rodney Berman as leader of the Council. The Conservatives replaced Labour as the official opposition. Labour suffered badly, losing 14 councillors. Plaid Cymru gained four councillors. Three independent councillors were elected; two former Conservatives who had left the group in 2006 being joined by an additional member.


Municipal life in Cardiff dates back to the 12th century, when Cardiff was granted borough status by the Earls of Gloucester. The offices of the Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Councillors developed during the Middle Ages. In 1905, Cardiff became a City, and the Borough Council became a City Council.

The City of Cardiff is the district council becoming once again a unitary authority - the present Cardiff Council.


The first Mayor of Cardiff is listed by the County Borough Records as Ralph "Prepositus de Kardi" who took up office in 1126. In 1835, Thomas Revel Guest became the first elected Mayor of Cardiff when the first council elections were held. When Cardiff was granted city status in 1905 Cardiff's First Citizen became 'Lord Mayor'. Robert Hughes, the Mayor in 1904, was re-elected to become Cardiff's first Lord Mayor in the following year. The Lord Mayor was granted the right to the style "The Right Honourable". The Lord Mayor now bears the style "The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of Cardiff".[6]

In 1999 a new system was introduced whereby the Leader of the Council could also serve as mayor for the duration of the Council without re-election. This led to Russell Goodway serving as both council leader and mayor from 1999 to 2003. From 2004 the mayoralty reverted to a separate role, elected annually.[8]

Since 2004 the post has been held by the following councillors:

Municipal Year Lord Mayor Deputy Lord Mayor
2012(Sep)–2013 Derrick Morgan (Lab) Keith Jones (Lab)
2012(May)–2012(Sep) Cerys Furlong (Lab)**
2011–2012 Delme Bowen (Plaid) Jayne Cowan (Ind)
2010–2011 Keith Hyde (Lib Dem) Dianne Rees (Con)
2009–2010 Brian Griffiths (Con) Keith Hyde (Lib Dem)
2008–2009 Kate Lloyd (Lib Dem) Jaswant Singh (Plaid)
2007–2008 Gill Bird (Lab) Brian Griffiths (Con)
2006–2007 Gareth Neale (Con) Kate Lloyd (Lib Dem)
2005–2006 Freda Salway (Lib Dem) Monica Walsh (Lab)
2004–2005 Jacqui Gasson (Lib Dem) Delme Bowen (Plaid)
2003–2004 Gordon Houlston (Lab)

** Following the council elections in May 2012, the position of Lord Mayor was unfilled, while the new Labour council attempted to split the responsibilities of the mayor between two councillors. Cllr Cerys Furlong filled the traditional mayoral roles from 17 May, as Chair of the Council during this period. The new mayor, Derrick Morgan, took office on 27 September after Furlong resigned her chair post when it became clear the split role proposition was losing support.[10]

Electoral divisions

The unitary authority area is divided into 29 electoral wards. Most of these wards are coterminous with communities of the same name. Each community can have an elected council. The following table lists council wards, communities and associated geographical areas. Communities with a community council are indicated with a '*':

Electoral ward map of Cardiff
Ward Communities Other geographic areas
1 Adamsdown Adamsdown Cardiff city centre, Roath
2 Butetown Butetown Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff city centre, Tiger Bay
3 Caerau Caerau Cyntwell, Culverhouse Cross
4 Canton Canton Cardiff city centre, Leckwith, Victoria Park
5 Cathays Cathays and Castle Blackweir, Cardiff city centre, Cathays, Cathays Park, Maindy
6 Creigiau & St. Fagans Pentyrch* (Creigiau ward) and St Fagans* Coedbychan, Capel Llanilltern, Rhydlafar
7 Cyncoed Cyncoed Roath Park, Lakeside
8 Ely Ely Culverhouse Cross, Michaelston-super-Ely
9 Fairwater Fairwater Pentrebane
10 Gabalfa Gabalfa Mynachdy, Maindy, Heath
11 Grangetown Grangetown Cardiff Bay, Cardiff city centre, Saltmead, International Sports Village
12 Heath Heath Birchgrove
13 Lisvane Lisvane*
14 Llandaff Llandaff Danescourt
15 Llandaff North Llandaff North Hailey Park, Lydstep Park, Mynachdy, Gabalfa
16 Llanishen Llanishen Thornhill
17 Llanrumney Llanrumney
18 Pentwyn Pentwyn Llanedeyrn
19 Pentyrch Pentyrch* (Gwaelod-y-Garth and Pentyrch wards)
20 Penylan Roath
21 Plasnewydd Plasnewydd Roath, Cardiff city centre
22 Pontprennau & Old St. Mellons Old St. Mellons* and Pontprennau Llanedeyrn Village
23 Radyr & Morganstown Radyr & Morganstown* Morganstown
24 Rhiwbina Rhiwbina Pantmawr, Rhydwaedlyd, Wenallt
25 Riverside Riverside Cardiff city centre, Llandaff Fields, Pontcanna, Sophia Gardens
26 Rumney Rumney
27 Splott Splott Pengam Green, Splott, Tremorfa
28 Trowbridge Trowbridge St Mellons estate, Cefn Mably, Wentloog
29 Whitchurch & Tongwynlais Tongwynlais* and Whitchurch Blaengwynlais, Bwlch-y-cwm, Coedcefngarw, Coryton, Cwmnofydd, Graig-goch, Llandaff North

See also


  1. ^ Council Constitution
  2. ^ Cardiff - Home, Voter Registration and Elections, Electoral Services
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External links

  • City and County of Cardiff
  • List of Mayors and other secular officials of Cardiff (British History Online)
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