Ely (Cardiff electoral ward)

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Electoral ward
Cardiff ward location - Ely.png
Location of the Ely ward within Cardiff
Population14,603 (2011 census)
Principal area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
UK Parliament
Senedd Cymru – Welsh Parliament
Councillors3 (Cardiff Council)
List of places

Ely is the name of an electoral ward in the west of the city of Cardiff, Wales, which covers its namesake community, Ely. The ward elects three county councillors to the County Council of the City and County of Cardiff. It has previously been represented by the Labour Party, until February 2019 when Plaid Cymru won one of the council seats.


The ward boundaries are coterminous with the community of Ely, north of Cowbridge Road West. To the south is the Caerau ward, to the north are the Creigiau & St. Fagans and Fairwater wards.

According to the 2011 census the population of the ward was 14,603.[1]

County elections[edit]

2019 by-election[edit]

Labour councillor (since 2012) Jim Murphy died in December 2018 aged 72.[2] A by-election was arranged for 21 February 2019[3] which was won by Andrea Gibson for Plaid Cymru by 52 votes over the Labour candidate, a swing of 18% in comparison with the May 2017 election.[4] The Labour leader of Cardiff Council described it as " a bad day, in a week of absolute political chaos nationally"[4] (referring to the formation of The Independent Group at Westminster).

Elections 1995 to 2017[edit]

The ward had elected three Labour county councillors since 1995, when the new unitary authority was created.[5] Cllr Russell Goodway has been an Ely councillor continuously since 1995 and was leader of Cardiff Council until 2004 (prior to 1995 he was a South Glamorgan councillor for the Canton ward).

2017 Cardiff Council election [6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Irene Susan Goddard * 1,472 19%
Labour James William Murphy * 1,380 18%
Labour Russell Vivian Goodway 1,269 16%
Plaid Cymru Lowri Brown 786 10%
Plaid Cymru Christopher Neil Newth 745 10%
Plaid Cymru Andrea Emily Gibson 622 8%
Conservative Owen Rhys Robbins 509 7%
Conservative Leighton McEwan 507 6%
Liberal Democrats Linda Margaret Amoss 267 3%
Liberal Democrats Michael Rees 97 1%
Liberal Democrats Matthew Hemsley 84 1%
TUSC Richard Michael Edwards 64 1%
Turnout 29%

* = sitting councillor prior to the election

Councillors Goddard, Murphy and Goodway were also the winners of the May 2012 elections.

At the 2004 elections, the Ely ward's Labour councillor of 30 years, Charlie Gale, stood as an Independent in an attempt to unseat (the then unpopular) Cllr Goodway. Goodway retained his seat by only 63 votes.[7] Goodway immediately stood down as Council leader, but accused senior Labour figures of conspiring against him.[8]


Prior to the formation of the new Cardiff unitary authority, Ely was a ward to Cardiff City Council (a district council of South Glamorgan). Six city councillors were elected at the 1973, 1976 and 1979 elections. This was reduced to three from the 1983 election onwards.[9]

Cllr Bill Buttle was one of the ward's representatives for 23 years, until stepping down in 1991. He was responsible for the Western Leisure Centre being built in Ely.[10] Cllr Charlie Gale was an Ely councillor for 30 years from 1973[10] before standing as an Independent in 2004.


  1. ^ "Ely - Key stats". UKcensusdata.com. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  2. ^ Ian Lloyd-Davies (4 December 2018). "Tributes paid to Cardiff councillor Jim Murphy after his death aged 72". Wales Online. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Ely by-election: What you need to know". Th Cardiffian. School of Journalism, Cardiff University. 15 February 2019. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b Cathy Owen (22 February 2019). "Plaid Cymru beat Labour in Cardiff council's Ely by-election". Wales Online. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Cardiff Council Election Results 1995-2012" (PDF). The Elections Centre. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  6. ^ "Election results for Ely - Cardiff Council Elections 2017 - Thursday, 4th May, 2017". Cardiff Council. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  7. ^ "Rhodri's shock jibe as feud boils over". Wales Online. 15 June 2004. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  8. ^ "Morgan denies Goodway 'plot'". BBC News. 14 June 2004. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  9. ^ "Cardiff Welsh District Council Election Results 1973-1991" (PDF). The Elections Centre. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Former Cardiff Lord Mayor dies". South Wales Echo. 6 March 2003. Retrieved 23 February 2019.

Coordinates: 51°28′45″N 3°14′59″W / 51.4792°N 3.2497°W / 51.4792; -3.2497