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The 1995 Cardiff Council election was the first election to the new unitary County Council of the City and County of Cardiff following the re-organization of local government in Wales. It was held on Thursday 4 May 1995.[1] It was followed by the 1999 elections. On the same day there were elections to the other 21 local authorities in Wales and community councils in Wales. Labour won a majority of the seats.[2] It was preceded in Cardiff by the 1991 elections to Cardiff City Council and the 1993 elections to South Glamorgan County Council.

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OverviewEdit

All council seats were up for election. These were the first elections held following local government reorganisation, which created new 'super authorities' and would lead to the abolition of South Glamorgan County Council on 1 April 1996. Cardiff councillors would act in a shadow capacity to the new Cardiff Council, until the following April.[3]

The ward boundaries for the new authority were based on the previous Cardiff City Council. In addition, the Creigiau ward which was previously within Taff Ely Borough Council was included within the new authority.

CandidatesEdit

The majority of seats were contested by all four main parties in Wales, the Labour Party, the Conservative Party, the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru. The majority of the sitting members on the two previous authorities stood for election.

Members of the Cardiff City Council[4] prior to the election are denoted with *

Members of South Glamorgan County Council[5] prior to the election are denoted with +

OutcomeEdit

Labour won an overwhelming majority, including wards that had been held on predecessor councils by the Conservatives for many years. A number of long-serving Conservative councillors failed to be elected. The Liberal Democrats captured wards where they had been successful in the past but the party also lost some ground. Plaid Cymru had their first Cardiff councillor elected for 27 years, in the Creigiau ward.[1]

Cardiff Council election result 1995 [2]
Party Seats Gains Losses Net gain/loss Seats % Votes % Votes +/−
  Labour 56 N/A 83.5
  Liberal Democrat 9 N/A 13.4
  Conservative 1 N/A 1.5
  Plaid Cymru 1 N/A 1.5
  Independent - 4676
  Green - 3839
  Communist - 391

Ward ResultsEdit

Adamsdown (two seats)Edit

Adamsdown 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kenneth Hutchings+ 1,201
Labour L. Glaister* 954
Liberal Democrat Nigel Howells 733
Liberal Democrat John Dixon 688
Independent William Herbert* 422
Plaid Cymru Steffan Wiliam 124
Communist F. Rawlings 46
Turnout 40.5
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Former city mayor, Bill Herbert, was rejected as Labour's candidate in favour of South Glamorgan councillor and county highways chairman, Ken Hutchings. Herbert stood as an Independent.[6]

Butetown (one seat)Edit

Butetown 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Ben Foday+ 648 78.3
Plaid Cymru M. Chambers 69 8.3
Conservative Ronald Thomas 63 7.6
Liberal Democrat K. Hassan 48 5.8
Majority
Turnout 31.1
Labour win (new seat)

Caerau (two seats)Edit

Caerau 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Jacqui Gasson*+ 1,562
Labour Harry Ernest* 1,488
Labour Julie Mawn 1,282
Liberal Democrat Roger Burley 1,268
Conservative H. Evans 93
Conservative Wendy Rees 92
Plaid Cymru C. Woodard 56
Turnout 41.2
Liberal Democrat win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Canton (three seats)Edit

Canton 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Kevin Brennan* 2,716
Labour Cherry Short*+ 2,431
Labour David Thomas* 2,358
Liberal Democrat C. Warren 1,218
Liberal Democrat A. Wigley 730
Liberal Democrat S. White 719
Conservative N. Durbin 542
Plaid Cymru P. Daley 444
Green Vivien Turner 344
Turnout 41.7
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Cathays (three seats)Edit

Cathays 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Sarah Merry 2,022
Liberal Democrat Fred Hornblow* 1,884
Labour Kathryn-Ann Slade 1,837
Labour Gerard Moreton 1,723
Liberal Democrat Simon Wakefield 1,701
Liberal Democrat R. Rowland 1,662
Green N. Clark 491
Plaid Cymru Terence O'Neill 447
Communist Robert Griffiths 137
Turnout 37.8
Labour win (new seat)
Liberal Democrat win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Creigiau (one seat)Edit

Creigiau 1995 [1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Plaid Cymru Delme Bowen 436 43.2
Labour S. Jones 226 22.4
Independent A. Thomas-Barton 223 22.1
Conservative J. Greenwood 101 10.0
Liberal Democrat J. Frankham-Barnes 24 2.4
Majority
Turnout 48.6
Plaid Cymru win (new seat)

Cyncoed ( seats)Edit

Cyncoed 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Jenny Randerson* 2,718
Liberal Democrat T. Pickets*+ 2,694
Liberal Democrat J. Pryce 2,531
Conservative A. Baker 1.123
Conservative J. Dickson 1,113
Conservative S. Williams 1,048
Labour Diane Owen 664
Labour J. Anderson 658
Labour C. Bonnett 597
Plaid Cymru W. Vernon 157
Green D. Corker 123
Turnout 52.2
Liberal Democrat win (new seat)
Liberal Democrat win (new seat)
Liberal Democrat win (new seat)

Ely (three seats)Edit

Ely 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Brian Finn 2,383
Labour T. Davies* 2,200
Labour Russell Goodway+ 2,053
Conservative M. Rees 282
Conservative J. Osmond 278
Conservative D. Philpott 249
Liberal Democrat S. Coles 231
Liberal Democrat A. Burns 202
Liberal Democrat S. Kinch 198
Plaid Cymru L. Haries 168
Turnout 29.0
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Fairwater (three seats)Edit

Fairwater 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Maxwell Phillips* 2,576
Labour T. Ward* 2,464
Labour Derek Rees+ 2,311
Conservative D. Marks 401
Conservative C. Trigg 361
Liberal Democrat J. Evans 350
Conservative R. Trigg 343
Liberal Democrat Peter Borrow 258
Liberal Democrat S. Pye 240
Plaid Cymru H. Jones 233
Turnout 34.0
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Gabalfa (one seat)Edit

Gabalfa 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour J. Wilkinson 1,221 70.2
Conservative V. Kempton 189 10.9
Liberal Democrat Cathy Pearcy 158 9.1
Plaid Cymru A. Fearon 118 6.8
Green J. Rowlands 53 3.0
Turnout 32.7
Labour win (new seat)

Grangetown (three seats)Edit

Grangetown 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour John Smith* 2,244
Labour Peter Perkins+ 2,196
Labour Lynda Thorne* 2,168
Conservative W. Jones 614
Conservative A. Mountstephen 570
Conservative W. Selwood 549
Independent C. Dimond 367
Liberal Democrat M. Islam 243
Liberal Democrat L. Luxton 227
Plaid Cymru D. Williams 214
Liberal Democrat M. Verma 183
Green K. Shaw 152 3.0
Turnout 35.8
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Heath (three seats)Edit

Heath 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Graham Hinchey 1,892
Labour R. Longworth 1,813
Liberal Democrat Fenella Bowden 1,786
Labour Paul Mitchell 1,765
Liberal Democrat J. James 1,689
Liberal Democrat G. Harris 1,677
Conservative A. John 1,204
Conservative Greville Tatham* 1,160
Conservative W. Warlow 1,037
Green M. Evans 221
Plaid Cymru Nans Couch 205
Turnout 54.1
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Liberal Democrat win (new seat)

Lisvane and St Mellons (one seat)Edit

Lisvane and St Mellons 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative J. Richards* 1,099 55.7
Labour I. Rees 466 23.6
Liberal Democrat J. Miller 279 14.1
Plaid Cymru J. Jones 72 3.6
Green H. O'Connor 58 2.9
Majority 32.1
Turnout 39.8
Conservative win (new seat)

Llandaff (two seats)Edit

Llandaff 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour G. Owens 1,568
Labour J. Sheppard 1,460
Conservative Julius Hermer*+ 1,173
Conservative M. Jones* 1,121
Plaid Cymru Keith Bush 339
Liberal Democrat E. Williams 303
Liberal Democrat M. Kettle 296
Green F. James 184
Turnout 47.2
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Llandaff North (two seats)Edit

Llandaff North 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Anthony Earle 1,850
Labour M. Matthewson* 1,755
Conservative J. Marshall 268
Liberal Democrat A. James 253
Conservative P. Gough 225
Liberal Democrat D. Wright 137
Plaid Cymru E. Eckley 122
Green R. Thomas 87
Turnout 41.5
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Llanishen (three seats)Edit

Llanishen 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Garry Hunt* 3,367
Labour N. Butler 3,240
Labour C. Bettinson+ 3,167
Conservative P. Tatham* 1,532
Conservative E. Morgan-Roberts 1,148
Conservative J. Strong 1,138
Liberal Democrat J. Brent 616
Liberal Democrat V. Hallett 593
Liberal Democrat W. Monkley 443
Plaid Cymru W. Cross 301
Turnout 48.6
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Llanrumney (three seats)Edit

Llanrumney 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gillian Bird* 2,445
Labour B. James* 2,306
Labour John Phillips* 2,112
Independent D. Stephanakis 365
Conservative E. Woods 269
Conservative J. Summerhayes 261
Conservative F. Prew 215
Green P. Llewellyn 214
Plaid Cymru E. Lewis 181
Liberal Democrat P. Bramhall 152
Liberal Democrat K. Ali 77
Liberal Democrat A. Ali 75
Turnout 36.3
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Pentwyn (three seats)Edit

Pentwyn 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Vita Jones+ 2,556
Labour B. Pinnell 2,249
Labour J. Regan 2,223
Liberal Democrat P. Ribton 569
Liberal Democrat J. Walklett 558
Liberal Democrat D. Hourahane 486
Conservative J. Goodwin 285
Plaid Cymru G. Davies 256
Conservative A. Dickson 238
Conservative C. Peterson 236
Turnout 31.3
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Pentyrch (one seat)Edit

Pentyrch 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Christine Priday 616 43.2
Plaid Cymru Colin Palfrey 426 29.9
Independent M. Henderson 328 23.0
Green A. Jones 38 2.7
Liberal Democrat J. Kenner 17 1.2
Majority 13.3
Turnout 52.9
Labour win (new seat)

Plasnewydd (four seats)Edit

Plasnewydd 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour A. Cox* 3,121
Labour Susan Lent+ 3,103
Labour P. Morris* 2,883
Labour Julie Morgan+ 2,845
Plaid Cymru E. Parish 676
Liberal Democrat D. Powell 654
Liberal Democrat Mark Stephens 610
Green C. Von Ruhland 558
Liberal Democrat Rodney Berman 550
Liberal Democrat A. Veasey 517
Conservative D. Munton 391
Conservative D. Shorter 388
Conservative J. Munton 371
Conservative M. Williams 358
Communist C. Eliassen 155
Turnout 35,2
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Radyr & St Fagans (one seat)Edit

Radyr & St Fagans 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Marion Drake+ 1,421 67.6
Conservative C. Kolmar 502 23.9
Liberal Democrat S. Barker 91 4.3
Plaid Cymru Eluned Bush 87 4.1
Majority 51.9
Turnout 51.9
Labour win (new seat)

Rhiwbina (three seats)Edit

Rhiwbina 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour P. Owen 2,198
Labour F. Bowrhay 2,178
Labour S. Moore 2,095
Conservative M. Davies* 1,921
Conservative Jeffrey Sainsbury* 1,900
Conservative Gareth Neale*+ 1,875
Liberal Democrat R. Nute 768
Liberal Democrat J. Nute 764
Liberal Democrat P. Wilkins 694
Plaid Cymru Falmai Griffiths 291
Green S. Fletcher 182
Turnout 54.5
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Riverside (three seats)Edit

Riverside 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour R. Brown* 2,346
Labour Sue Essex* 2,341
Labour J. Singh+ 2,143
Plaid Cymru Penny Bestic 540
Green P. Lukes 448
Liberal Democrat N. Roberts 348
Conservative W. Donaldson 332
Conservative M. Evans 322
Liberal Democrat R. Hewlett 191
Liberal Democrat R. Fawcett 172
Turnout 37.2
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Roath (three seats)Edit

Roath 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Freda Salway* 2,101
Liberal Democrat M. Michaelis* 2,081
Liberal Democrat R. Michaelis+ 2,024
Labour Ralph Rees 1,204
Labour W. Cookson 1,150
Labour R. Surridge 1,034
Conservative G. Hughes 669
Conservative J. Baker 662
Conservative D. Williams 602
Plaid Cymru T. Davies 278
Green P. Ward 218
Turnout 41.2
Liberal Democrat win (new seat)
Liberal Democrat win (new seat)
Liberal Democrat win (new seat)

Rumney (two seats)Edit

Rumney 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour D. Francies 1,557
Labour S. Pantak 1,281
Independent J. Sage 567
Independent U. Natale 546
Conservative A. McCarthy 263
Conservative A. Hollands 241
Liberal Democrat T. Lewis 95
Plaid Cymru D. Reeves 65
Liberal Democrat R. Verma 56
Turnout 36.5
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Splott (two seats)Edit

Splott 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Gordon Houlston+ 2,414
Labour Clarissa Holland 2,336
Independent M. Cook+ 1,003
Independent M. Cook 870
Plaid Cymru A. O'Neill 158
Conservative F. Arnold 125
Liberal Democrat K. Chubb 119
Conservative A. Thomas 111
Liberal Democrat J. Febbo 94
Communist D. Macaskill 53
Turnout 46.6
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Trowbridge (two seats)Edit

Trowbridge 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour W. Bowen+ 1,907
Labour D. English* 1,658
Conservative R. Hollands 231
Conservative J. McCarthy 177
Liberal Democrat M. Barradine 175
Liberal Democrat C. Elliott 171
Green K. Moss 123
Plaid Cymru J. Davies 105
Turnout 27.8
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

Whitchurch & Tongwynlais (four seats)Edit

Whitchurch & Tongwynlais 1995
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour W. Salmon+ 3,592
Labour A. Fennessy 3,416
Labour K. Price 3,166
Labour R. Pearson 3,132
Conservative W. Griffiths* 1,980
Conservative Brian John Griffiths* 1,676
Conservative V. Riley* 1,676
Conservative D. Morgan 1,458
Plaid Cymru Gareth Pierce 860
Liberal Democrat S. Spear 613
Liberal Democrat A. Evans 612
Liberal Democrat G. Mellem 569
Liberal Democrat G. Hallett 507
Green S. Martin 345
Turnout 52.5
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)
Labour win (new seat)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Cardiff - Plaid's return to the capital - Results". South Wales Echo. 5 May 1995. pp. 6–7.
  2. ^ a b "Cardiff Council Election Results 1995-2012" (PDF). The Elections Cente, Plymouth University. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Voters go to the polls". South Wales Echo. 4 May 1995. p. 3. Voters went to the polls today as local government in Wales undergoes its biggest shake up for 21 years. Twenty two new super-councils will take over the functions of 37 district and eight county authorities, which are being abolished from April next year... Until April next year, the councillors will act in a shadow capacity and many will serve on two or three authorities at the same time.
  4. ^ "Cardiff Welsh District Council Election Results 1973-1991" (PDF). The Elections Centre (Plymouth University). Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  5. ^ "South Glamorgan County Council Election Results 1973-1993" (PDF). The Elections Centre (Plymouth University). Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  6. ^ "Former mayor rejected". South Wales Echo. 5 May 1995. p. 6.