The seat of former Welsh First Minister, Rhodri Morgan, Cardiff West contains a wide variety of economic and ethnic diversity. It stretches from the inner city ward of Riverside, out to big estates of Ely and Fairwater and the rural villages of St Fagans and Gwaelod-Y-Garth. The seat was also represented between 1950 and 1983 by George Thomas, Viscount Tonypandy, who served as Speaker of the House of Commons between 1976 to 1983. On Thomas’s retirement in 1983 the seat was seized by the Conservatives in their landslide win, when they won 14 seats in Wales overall. The partly suburban and rural nature of the seat means that the Tories can usual rely on a reasonable response in this seat. The seat returned to the Labour fold in 1987 when it was won by Labour’s Rhodri Morgan. Morgan held the seat until his retirement from Westminster to become the Welsh First minister in 2001. His place was taken as the area’s MP by Labour’s Kevin Brennan who holds the seat to this day.
In the Welsh Assembly the seat was held from its creation in 1999 to 2011 by Rhodri Morgan, who retired in that year, and was replaced by Mark Drakeford as the seat’s Labour Assembly member. At Welsh Assembly elections the other political parties usually post respectable tallies, but rarely challenge for the seat.
The seat contains some of the most popular attractions in Cardiff including Llandaf and Pontcanna Fields, Llandaf Cathedral and Cardiff City Football Club.
2015 General election results
|McEvoy, Neill||Plaid Cymru||7,186||17.5|
|ap Tomos, Cadan||Liberal Democrat||1,117||2.7|
Labour Majority 6,789 (15.5%) 1.98% swing Con to Labour
Electorate 66,758 Turnout: 43,792 (65.60%)
2011 Assembly election results
|McEvoy, Neil||Plaid Cymru||5,551||20.02|
|Morgan, David||Liberal Democrat||1,942||7.00|
Turnout: 27,726 (43.17%)
2010 General election results
|Hitchinson, Rachael||Liberal Democrat||7,186||17.5|
|Islam, Mohammed Sarul||Plaid Cymru||2,868||7.0|
Electorate 62,787 Turnout: 40,957 (65.23%)
Mark Drakeford (Labour) was elected in 2011 and becameMinister for Health and Social Services in March 2013. He was Chair of the Assembly’s Health and Social Care Committee and of the All-Wales Programme Monitoring Committee for European funds from July 2011- March 2013.
In the 1980s and 1990s he was a Labour Councillor on South Glamorgan County Council. Between 2000 and 2010 he worked as the Cabinet’s health and social policy adviser at the Welsh Government, and became head of the First Minister’s political office. He unsuccessfully fought Cardiff Central in the 1999 Assembly elections.
Mark Drakeford was born and brought up in west Wales before moving to Cardiff more than 30 years ago. A former probation officer, youth justice worker and Barnardos project leader in Ely and Caerau, he was a professor of Social Policy and Applied Social Sciences at Cardiff University. Mark has also taught previously at Swansea University.
Member of Parliament
Kevin Brennan (Labour) was elected to parliament following Rhodri Morgan stepping down to concentrate on being an Assembly Member. He became an assistant –whip in 2005 and was promoted in 2007 by Gordon Brown as Minister for Children, Young People and Families. In 2009 he was promoted, becoming the Minister of State for Further Education, Skills, Apprenticeships and Consumer Affairs. He is Ed Miliband’s shadow Minister for Schools.
Between 1991-2001, Brennan was a member of Cardiff Council between 1991-2001.
He was born in Cwmbran and educated at St Alban’s RC School Pontypool and Pembroke College, Oxford. After Oxford he did a teaching qualification in the University of Wales and eventually worked as a teacher inRadyr Comprehensive.
He is married with a daughter. He plays guitar for the parliamentary rock group.