Cardiff North is one of the four seats that represents the City. Cardiff is the youngest capital in Europe, being designated as Wales’s capital city in 1955. Cardiff North is the mainly middle class, white collar, suburban section of the city. Over half of the constituency’s homes are owner-occupied, and the seat has more residents in managerial posts than any other constituency in the UK. The seat is also home to most of Cardiff’s Welsh speakers.
The seat consists of the urban geographical centre of Cardiff around the Gabalfa flyover, and then extends north out to the old villages of Lisvane, Tongwynlais, Llanishen and the garden suburb of Rhiwbina. It also takes in the big housing developments around Llanederyn and Pontprennau. The constituency is marked on its northern boundary mainly by the M4 motorway, although in places it does fade away into the green belt areas of Caerphilly mountain and the Cefn Onn ridge which are popular recreational areas for walkers and cyclists. The seat contains the renown Lisvane and Llanishen reservoirs which were the site of long running battle between local residents and a US power company who wanted to sell the reservoirs for housing. Determined opposition by local campaigners prevented the reservoirs from being built on.
Politically the seat is one of the few in Wales the Tories can depend on, although Labour have won it on occasion, but only during their political peaks, having won it during their landslides of 1966 and 1997. Veteran Labour MP Ted Rowlands won it in 1966, before moving to the Merthyr Tydfil seat in 1972, whilst in 1997 the seat was won by Julie Morgan, wife of Rhodri Morgan. Julie Morgan held onto the seat until 2010 when she was unseated by ex Brecon & Radnor MP, Jonathan Evans, who won by just 194 votes.
At an Assembly level the seat has also passed between Labour and Conservative. It was first won in 1999 by Labour’s Sue Essex, who held the seat until 2007, when it was lost to Jonathan Morgan for the Conservatives. Jonathan Morgan held it until 2011, when in an act of seeming political contrition, the voters of North Cardiff elected Julie Morgan to be their Assembly member.
2015 General election results
|Wikinson, Ethan||Liberal Democrat||3,953||7.73|
|Walker-Jones, Elin||Plaid Cymru||2,301||4.5|
|Green, Jeff||Christian Party||331||0.65|
Conservative Majority 2,137 (4.18%) 1.89% swing Labour to Conservative
Electorate 67,193 Turnout: 51,151 (76.13%)
2011 Assembly election results
|Foday, Ben||Plaid Cymru||1,850||5.37|
|Smith, Matt||Liberal Democrat||1,595||4.63|
Turnout: 34,431 (51.44%)
|Labour gain from Conservative||1,782 majority|
2010 General election results
|Dixon, John||Liberal Democrat||8,724||18.3|
|Rhys, Llewelyn||Plaid Cymru||1,588||3.3|
|von Ruhland, Christopher||Green||362||0.8|
|Thomson, Derek||Christian Party||300||0.6|
Electorate 65,553 Turnout: 47,630 (72.66%)
Julie Morgan (Labour) was elected to the Assembly in 2011. She had previously served as MP for the constiuency for 13 years – from 1997 until 2010 – and she was the first woman to represent a part of Cardiff in Westminster. Previously served as a councillor in both South Glamorgan and Cardiff councils for more than a decade.
She sits on the three Assembly committees, Enviroment and Sustainability, Finance and also Public Accounts.
Julie Morgan was born in Cardiff and educated at Dinas Powys Primary School, Howell’s School in Cardiff, King’s College London, the University of Manchester and Cardiff University. She has a BA Hons in English a postgraduate diploma in Social Administration and a CQSW.
Before being elected to Parliament she was a social worker in Cardiff and Barry, working in child protection and with disabled people. She set up the first Family Placement Scheme in Wales for teenagers in trouble. As Assistant Director for Barnardo’s, she managed projects throughout South Wales and set up several new projects.
Member of Parliament
Craig Williams (Conservative) was elected for the constituency in 2015.