Cardiff Council

Cyngor Caerdydd
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Founded1 April 1996 (1996-04-01)
Preceded by
Rod McKerlich, Welsh Conservatives
since 2020
Deputy Leader
Sarah Merry, Welsh Labour
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Political groups
  Labour (55)
Opposition (24)
  Conservative (11)
  Liberal Democrat (10)
  Plaid Cymru/Green Common Ground Alliance (2)
  Propel (1)
Length of term
5 years
First past the post
First election
1995 Cardiff Council election
Last election
2022 Cardiff Council election
Next election
2027 Cardiff Council election
Meeting place
County Hall, Cardiff
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The County Council of the City and County of Cardiff (Welsh: Cyngor Sir Dinas a Sir Caerdydd)[1] has been the governing body for Cardiff, one of the Principal Areas of Wales, since 1996. The council consists of 75 councillors, representing 29 electoral wards. The authority is properly styled as 'the County Council of the City and County of Cardiff', or in common use Cardiff Council.[2] No other style is sanctioned for use on Council documents, although it does occasionally appear wrongly as Cardiff County Council on documents and signage. The City & County itself is usually simply referred to as Cardiff.

After the 2004 election, which changed the control of the council from Labour to No Overall Control, the Liberal Democrats formed a minority administration, led by Rodney Berman. The Liberal Democrats remained the largest party following the 2008 local election, and formed an administration with Plaid Cymru.

In 2012, the Labour Party took overall control of Cardiff council, and remained in overall control following the 2017 elections.

Political makeup

Elections to Cardiff Council take place every five years. The last election was 5 May 2022 (the 2021 elections were postponed to 2022 to avoid a clash with the 2021 Senedd election).

Current composition

As of 5 May 2022.

Group affiliation Members
Labour 55
Conservative 11
Liberal Democrats 10
  Plaid Cymru/Green Common Ground Alliance
Propel 1

Party with majority control in bold.

Council Leaders

Term of Office Leader[4] Party
2017- Huw Thomas Labour
2014–2017 Phil Bale Labour
2012–2014 Heather Joyce Labour
2004–2012 Rodney Berman Liberal Democrat
1995–2004 Russell Goodway Labour

At the age of 31, Huw Thomas became Wales' youngest council leader when he was elected in May 2017.[5]

Historic results

Year Seats Labour Liberal
Conservative Plaid Cymru Independent Notes
2022 79 55 10 11 2* 1^ Labour majority controlled
2017 75 40 11 20 3 1 Labour majority controlled
2012 75 46 16 7 2 4 Labour majority controlled
2008 75 13 35 17 7 3
2004 75 27 33 12 3 0
1999 75 50 18 5 1 1 Labour majority controlled
1995 72 61 9 1 1 0 Labour majority controlled

Party with the most elected councillors in bold. Coalition agreements in Notes column

* Elected as Plaid Cymru/Green Common Ground Alliance
^ Neil McEvoy elected as Propel

The council was run by a Labour majority administration between 1995 and 2004. The Liberal Democrats ran a minority administration from 2004 to 2008, in coalition with Plaid Cymru.[6]

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.

In 2012 Labour regained control of the council and remained in control following the 2017 elections.


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.

Under The Local Government Act 1888 Cardiff was one of three Welsh towns granted county borough status, in addition to 13 Welsh county councils.[7] In 1905, Cardiff became a city, and the borough council became a city council.

The City of Cardiff is the county town of Glamorgan. However, prior to 1974, Cardiff was a county borough in its own right and not subject to Glamorgan County Council. Council reorganisation in 1974 paired Cardiff City Council and the Vale of Glamorgan Borough Council together as district councils subject to the new county of South Glamorgan.

Further local government restructuring in 1996 to better reflect local identities resulted in Cardiff City's district council becoming a unitary authority: the present Cardiff Council. South Glamorgan County Council had wanted a new "Greater Cardiff" authority to reflect the boundaries of South Glamorgan, but the Conservative government of the time decided to separate the Vale of Glamorgan, which covered a marginal Conservative parliamentary seat.[8]


See also: List of mayors of Cardiff

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".[9]

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.[10]

Since 1999 the post has been held by the following councillors:

Municipal Year Lord Mayor Deputy Lord Mayor
2020– Rod McKerlich (Con) Lyn Hudson (Con)
2019–2020 Daniel De'Ath (Lab) [11] Jacqueline Parry (Lab) [12]
2018–2019 Dianne Rees (Con) Rod McKerlich (Con)
2017–2018 Bob Derbyshire (Lab) Daniel De'Ath (Lab)
2016–2017 Monica Walsh (Lab) Georgina Phillips (Lab)
2015–2016 David Walker (Con) Dilwar Ali (Lab)
2014-2015 Margaret Jones (Lib Dem) Ali Ahmed (Lab)
2013–2014 Derrick Morgan (Lab) Margaret Jones (Lib Dem)
Sep 2012–2013 Derrick Morgan (Lab) Keith Jones (Lab)
May 2012–Sep 2012 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)
2002–2003 Russell Goodway (Lab)
2001–2002 Russell Goodway (Lab)
2000–2001 Russell Goodway (Lab)
1999–2000 Russell Goodway (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. 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.[13]

Electoral wards

Main article: List of electoral wards in Cardiff

Numbered map of electoral wards (alphabetical order) of Cardiff
Numbered map of electoral wards (alphabetical order) of Cardiff

The unitary authority area is divided into 28 electoral wards. Many of these wards are coterminous with communities of the same name.[14] The following table lists council wards, communities and associated geographical areas. Communities with a community council are indicated with an asterisk.

Ward Communities Other geographic areas
1 Adamsdown Adamsdown
2 Butetown Butetown Atlantic Wharf, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff city centre (part), Tiger Bay, Flatholm
3 Caerau Caerau Culverhouse Cross
4 Canton Canton Leckwith, Victoria Park
5 Cathays Cathays and Castle Blackweir, Cardiff city centre (Castle), Cathays, Cathays Park, Maindy
6 Cyncoed Cyncoed Roath Park, Lakeside
7 Ely Ely Culverhouse Cross, Michaelston-super-Ely
8 Fairwater Fairwater Pentrebane
9 Gabalfa Gabalfa Mynachdy, Maindy, Heath
10 Grangetown Grangetown Cardiff Bay (part), Saltmead, International Sports Village
11 Heath Heath Birchgrove
12 Lisvane and Thornhill Lisvane* and Thornhill Cefn Onn
13 Llandaff Llandaff Danescourt
14 Llandaff North Llandaff North Hailey Park, Lydstep Park, Mynachdy, Gabalfa
15 Llanishen Llanishen
16 Llanrumney Llanrumney
17 Pentwyn Pentwyn and Llanedeyrn (since 2016)
18 Pentyrch and
St Fagans
Pentyrch* and St Fagans* Capel Llanilltern, Coedbychan, Creigiau, Gwaelod-y-Garth, Rhydlafar
19 Penylan Penylan
20 Plasnewydd Roath Cardiff city centre (part)
21 Pontprennau and
Old St Mellons
Old St. Mellons* and Pontprennau Llanedeyrn Village
22 Radyr Radyr & Morganstown* Morganstown, Radyr
23 Rhiwbina Rhiwbina Pantmawr, Rhydwaedlyd, Wenallt
24 Riverside Riverside and Pontcanna Part of Cardiff city centre, Llandaff Fields, Sophia Gardens
25 Rumney Rumney
26 Splott Splott and Tremorfa Pengam Green
27 Trowbridge Trowbridge St Mellons estate, Cefn Mably, Wentloog
28 Whitchurch & Tongwynlais Tongwynlais* and Whitchurch Blaengwynlais, Bwlch-y-cwm, Coedcefngarw, Coryton, Cwmnofydd, Graig-goch, Llandaff North


Coat of arms of Cardiff Council
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A Tudor rose on three ostrich feathers Argent issuing out of a mural crown Proper. Granted 6th October 1906.
Argent on a mount Vert a dragon rampant Gules supporting in front of a leek issuing from the mount a flag staff erect Proper flying therefrom to the sinister a banner of the third charged with three chevronels of the first. Granted 26th August 1906
On the dexter side a goat and on the sinister side a sea horse both Proper as an honourable augmentation Her Majesty's Royal Badge for Wales videlicet within a circular riband Argent fimbriated Or bearing the motto Y DDRAIG GOCH DDYRY CYCHWYN in letters Vert and ensigned with a representation of the crown Proper an escutcheon per fess Argent and Vert and thereon a Red dragon passant pendent by a Golden chain from the neck of each supporter. Granted 25th February 1907 and augmented 19th October 1956.
1st Deffro Mae'n Ddydd (Awake It Is Day) 2nd Y Ddraig Goch Ddyry Cychwyn (The Red Dragon Shall Lead)

See also


  1. ^ "Cyfansoddiad Cyngor Caerdydd" (PDF). Cardiff Council website.
  2. ^ Council Constitution Archived 9 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "results by political party". City of Cardiff Council. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  4. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "C" (part 2)
  5. ^ Ruth Mosalski (8 May 2017). "Cardiff Labour group picks Huw Thomas as its new leader". Wales Online. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  6. ^ "ELECTION 2012: 'Plaid Cymru are community activists, not politicians' – Neil McEvoy". yourCardiff. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Wales Factfile - Welsh Democracy" (PDF). Institute of Welsh Affairs. p. 1. Retrieved 12 May 2019.
  8. ^ Alan Hooper; John Punter (Eds.) Capital Cardiff 1975–2020: Regeneration, Competitiveness and the Urban Environment, page 34. University of Wales Press (2006), ISBN 0-7083-2063-5.
  9. ^ "Lord Mayor – A History". Cardiff Council. Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 18 August 2007.
  10. ^ "(List of) Lord Mayors of Cardiff". Cardiff Council. Retrieved 19 December 2011.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "Lord Mayor - Councillor Margaret Jones -". Archived from the original on 22 October 2014.
  12. ^ "Deputy Lord Mayor - Councillor CLLR Jacqueline Parry".
  13. ^ Law, Peter (20 September 2012). "Cardiff to get Lord Mayor again after Labour council U-turn". WalesOnline. Retrieved 29 April 2013.
  14. ^ "The City and County of Cardiff (Electoral Arrangements) Order 2021". 18 October 2021. Retrieved 31 July 2022.