Conservative candidate apologises after accusing local Welsh language newspaper of snub
A Conservative candidate has apologised after accusing a local newspaper of not inviting him to contribute alongside the other candidates in the seat.
Llanw Llŷn invited candidates in the Dwyfor Meirionnydd constituency to pitch to voters, and featured Plaid Cymru, Labour and Llais Gwynedd in the latest issue.
However Conservative candidate Charlie Evans took umbrage at not being included, tweeting: “Disappointed that Llanw Llŷn didn’t ask me to contribute to the paper on their election profile.
“It’s important voters are given the full choice of candidates this election,” he added.
Llanw Llŷn however posted a picture of an email they sent to Charlie Evans on 25 March, a week before their deadline on 1 April, asking for his contribution. They then asked for an apology.
“As you can see, the editor of Llanw emailed you on March 25 inviting you to respond,” they wrote in Welsh. “Can we have an apology please?”
Charlie Evans later apologised, saying that the email request for a contribution had gone to his junk folder.
“Thank you Llanw Llŷn. Unfortunately, the request reached my ‘junk’ folder. Apologies from the heart.”
Fel y gwelwch, gyrrodd golygydd y Llanw ebost i chi ar Fawrth 25 yn eich gwahodd i gyfrannu. Gawn ni ymddiheuriad os gwelwch yn dda? pic.twitter.com/mYKYlnmVc6
— Llanw Llŷn (@LlanwLlyn) April 16, 2021
Three of the eight candidates in the seat responded to Llanw Llŷn’s request: Plaid Cymru candidate Mabon ap Gwynfor, Labour candidate Cian Ireland and Llais Gwynedd candidate Glyn Daniels were featured in the publication.
Llanw Llŷn is one of Wales’ Papurau Bro, a network of hyperlocal Welsh language newspapers which before the lockdown had a combined distribution of over 60,000 copies each month. There are currently 58 papurau bro produced throughout Wales.
The full list of candidates in the seat are:
Charlie Evans – Conservatives
Cian Ireland – Labour
Glyn Daniels – Llais Gwynedd
Louise Hughes – Reform UK
Mabon ap Gwynfor – Plaid Cymru
Michelle Murray – Freedom Alliance Party
Peter Read – Propel
Stephen Churchman – Liberal Democrats