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Cardiff Central
Labour hold

Constituency Profile by Robert Waller
In the Welsh Assembly elections, constituency section, of May 1999 Cardiff Central produced a surprise result. The Liberal Democrat Jenny Randerson won by over 3,000 from Labour, and in this interesting and varied seat at the heart of the principality's capital the nationally governing party must watch out very carefully. This is one of the very few Labour - Liberal Democrat marginals in Britain, and in all probability the latter's best chance of a gain in Wales. The Conservatives held this seat until 1992, but seem to have become disorganised over the past decade; nevertheless, should Labour stumble in a major way, it is possible to imagine a three-way fight re-emerging.

Personality Profile by Byron Criddle
Jon Owen Jones, a bearded Welsh-speaking biology teacher before winning here in 1992, joined the ranks of Blair's discarded ministers in 1999, when dropped from the slimmed-down post-devolution Welsh Office. Born 1954 in the Rhondda and educated at Ysgol Cymraeg, Pontygwaith, and at East Anglia University, he has campaigned for more public lavatories for women and for prompt payment of debts to small businesses, but in 2000 he belied his 5 years as a Labour Whip by rebelling on the Freedom of Information bill.

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ACORN Population Profile of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
Thriving
Wealthy Achievers, Suburban Areas 17.11% 14.99% 114.14
Affluent Greys, Rural Communities 0.15% 2.13% 6.99
Prosperous Pensioners, Retirement Areas 1.11% 2.49% 44.60
Expanding
Affluent Executives, Family Areas 3.94% 4.43% 88.95
Well-Off Workers, Family Areas 6.09% 7.27% 83.71
Rising
Affluent Urbanites, Town & City Areas 9.50% 2.56% 370.56
Prosperous Professionals, Metropolitan Areas 0.98% 2.04% 48.08
Better-Off Executives, Inner City Areas 26.79% 3.94% 679.42
Settling
Comfortable Middle Agers, Mature Home Owning Areas 2.54% 13.04% 19.45
Skilled Workers, Home Owning Areas 7.93% 12.70% 62.46
Aspiring
New Home Owners, Mature Communities 0.26% 8.14% 3.17
White Collar Workers, Better-Off Multi Ethnic Areas 11.27% 4.02% 280.30
Striving
Older People, Less Prosperous Areas 0.63% 3.19% 19.66
Council Estate Residents, Better-Off Homes 8.95% 11.31% 79.17
Council Estate Residents, High Unemployment 0.67% 3.06% 21.76
Council Estate Residents, Greatest Hardship 1.69% 2.52% 67.16
People in Multi-Ethnic, Low-Income Areas 0.15% 2.10% 7.30
Unclassified
Unclassified 0.23% 0.06% 370.84
Household Income of the constituency
  Area
Percent
GB
Percent
Index
GB=100
 
0-5K 9.43% 9.41% 100.19
5-10K 16.06% 16.63% 96.55
10-15K 16.30% 16.58% 98.33
15-20K 13.61% 13.58% 100.22
20-25K 10.56% 10.39% 101.58
25-30K 7.96% 7.77% 102.40
30-35K 5.95% 5.79% 102.78
35-40K 4.46% 4.33% 102.84
40-45K 3.35% 3.27% 102.65
45-50K 2.54% 2.48% 102.29
50-55K 1.94% 1.90% 101.81
55-60K 1.49% 1.47% 101.25
60-65K 1.16% 1.15% 100.65
65-70K 0.91% 0.91% 100.01
70-75K 0.71% 0.72% 99.37
75-80K 0.57% 0.57% 98.72
80-85K 0.45% 0.46% 98.08
85-90K 0.36% 0.37% 97.45
90-95K 0.30% 0.31% 96.83
95-100K 0.24% 0.25% 96.23
100K + 1.25% 1.34% 92.74

Local Map of the constituency
Cardiff Central - Local Map of the constituency

National Map of the constituency
Cardiff Central - National Map of the constituency

Swing
1992-1997 1997-2001
Labour (1.70%) Liberal Democrat (3.55%) Plaid Cymru (1.86%)
Conservative (- 13.85%)
Liberal Democrat (11.77%) Plaid Cymru (1.26%)
Conservative (-  4.15%) Labour (-  5.09%)
Con - 13.85%
Lab 1.70%
LD 3.55%
PC 1.86%
Con - 4.15%
Lab - 5.09%
LD 11.77%
PC 1.26%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jon Owen Jones
Labour hold
Con Conservative (15.89%) 5,537 15.89%
Lab Labour (38.61%) 13,451 38.61%
LD Liberal Democrat (36.71%) 12,792 36.71%
PC Plaid Cymru (4.82%) 1,680 4.82%
Oth Other (3.97%) 1,382 3.97%
Maj Majority (1.89%) 659 1.89%
Turn Turnout (58.28%) 34,842 58.28%
2001 Results - General Election (7 June 2001)
Jon Owen Jones
Labour hold
G Stephen Bartley 661 1.90%
SA Julian Goss 283 0.81%
PC Richard Grigg 1,680 4.82%
UK Frank Hughes 221 0.63%
P Madeleine Jeremy 217 0.62%
LC Jon Owen Jones 13,451 38.61%
C Gregory Walker 5,537 15.89%
LD Jenny Willott 12,792 36.71%
Candidates representing 8 parties stood for election to this seat.
1997 Results - General Election (1 May 1997)
Jon Owen Jones
Labour
Con Conservative (20.05%) 8,470 20.05%
Lab Labour (43.70%) 18,464 43.70%
LD Liberal Democrat (24.95%) 10,541 24.95%
PC Plaid Cymru (3.56%) 1,504 3.56%
Ref Referendum (1.80%) 760 1.80%
Oth Other (5.95%) 2,514 5.95%
Maj Majority (18.75%) 7,923 18.75%
Turn Turnout (70.01%) 42,253 70.01%
1992 Results -  General Election (9 April 1992)
Labour
Con Conservative (33.90%) 14,549 33.90%
Lab Labour (42.00%) 18,014 42.00%
LD Liberal Democrat (21.40%) 9,170 21.40%
PC Plaid Cymru (1.70%) 748 1.70%
Oth Other (1.00%) 435 1.00%
Maj Majority (8.10%) 3,465 8.10%
Turn Turnout (73.08%) 42,916 73.08%

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