The County Council of the City and County of Cardiff (Welsh: Dinas a Sir Caerdydd) is the governing body for Cardiff, one of the Principal Areas of Wales. 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.[1] 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 Cllr 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 four years. The last election was 4 May 2017.

Current composition

Group affiliation Members
Labour 40
Conservative 20
Liberal Democrat 11
Plaid Cymru 3
  Heath & Birchgrove Independents

Historic results

Council Leaders

Term of Office Leader[3] Party
1995-2004 Russell Goodway Labour
2004-2012 Rodney Berman Liberal Democrat
2012-2014 Heather Joyce Labour
2014-2017 Phil Bale Labour
2017 Huw Thomas Labour

Seat totals

Lab Lib Dem Con Plaid Indi
2017 40 11 20 3 1
2012 46 16 7 2 4
2008 13 35 17 7 3
2004 27 33 12 3 0
1999 50 18 5 1 1
1995 61 9 1 1 0

The council was run by a Labour majority administration between 1995 and 2004. The Liberal Democrats ran a minority administration from 2004 to 2008.

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. 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 and the Vale of Glamorgan together as district councils subject to the new county of South Glamorgan. Further local government restructuring in 1996 resulted in Cardiff City's district council becoming once again a unitary authority – the present Cardiff Council.


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".[4]

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.[5]

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

Municipal Year Lord Mayor Deputy Lord Mayor
2018–Present Bob Derbyshire (Lab) Daniel De'Ath (Lab)
2012(Sep)–2013 Derrick Morgan (Lab) Keith Jones (Lab)
2012(May)–2012(Sep) 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. Cllr 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.[6]

Electoral divisions

The unitary authority area is divided into 29 electoral wards. Most of these wards are coterminous with communities of the same name. Each community can have an elected council. The following table lists council wards, communities and associated geographical areas. Communities with a community council are indicated with a '*':

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

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