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Conservatives select general election candidate for new Ceredigion Preseli seat

29 Mar 2024 3 minute read
Aled Thomas has been selected as the Conservative candidate for the new Ceredigion Preseli Westminster seat. Pictures: Pembrokeshire County Council/ Boundary Commission for Wales

Bruce Sinclair, local democracy reporter

The Welsh Conservatives have selected a Pembrokeshire Conservative county councillor as their general election candidate for the new Westminster seat of Ceredigion Preseli.

The new Ceredigion Preseli constituency joins parts of north Pembrokeshire – including Crymych and Maenclochog – with neighbouring Ceredigion.

The new constituency will be fought for from the next scheduled General Election, following a Westminster vote to cut the number of Welsh MPs from 40 to 32.

Candidates announced so far are Plaid Cymru’s Ben Lake – who has represented Ceredigion in Westminster since 2017, Liberal Democrat Mark Williams, formerly the MP for Ceredigion from 2005- 2017, and Welsh Labour’s Jackie Jones.

The Welsh Conservatives have now selected their candidate for the Ceredigion-Preseli seat, Cllr Aled Thomas, Welsh Conservative Group county councillor for Johnston.

Trust

Cllr Thomas said: “”I am truly honoured that Welsh Conservative members of the new Ceredigion Preseli constituency have put their trust in me to represent them at the next general election.

“Being schooled wholly in Welsh at Ysgol Y Preseli and working as an agronomist across Ceredigion has given me a strong affiliation to the constituency and its associated issues.

“Labour and Plaid Cymru have badly let down rural communities in North Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion with their Senedd policies, and I cannot stand by and let further decline happen.

“The pain and worry that farmers and their children feel on a daily basis in this uncertain time, is the same pain and worry my brother and I feel for the future of our farm.

“I’m looking forward to getting out on the doorstep, talking to people and championing rural issues over the coming weeks and months.”

Fellow hopefuls for the seat have previously outlined what they intend to bring to the table.

Priorities 

Ben Lake said: “My priorities were I to be elected as the Member of Parliament for Ceredigion Preseli are clear – a fair deal for rural communities, investment in infrastructure and increased funding for public services, and a thriving, sustainable economy that has the needs of communities rather than those of large corporations as its focus.”

Liberal Democrat Mark Williams said: “I too am looking forward to putting forward my party’s message on the doorsteps of Preseli, and across Ceredigion, not least our measures to help people with the cost-of-living crisis, and promote the agricultural sector. There is a battle for hearts and minds across our new constituency, and I believe I have the energy and experience to win it.”

Welsh Labour’s Jackie Jones said: “We desperately need a Labour government in Westminster and a strong voice for Ceredigion Preseli. After 13 years of the Tories’ mismanagement of the economy, prevalent corruption and neglect we’re all dealing with the cost of food in our shops up, the cost of fuel up and energy prices still sky-high.”

The new constituency has the unusual situation of part of it currently occupied, to the north, by Plaid Cymru, and, to the south, part of the current Conservative-held Preseli Pembrokeshire.

The latter seat, occupied by Tory MP Stephen Crabb, is to disappear; Mr Crabb standing in the adjoining new seat of Mid and South Pembrokeshire.


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G H Williams
G H Williams
13 days ago

Whoever they pick they’re going to lose. Badly I hope

Zam
Zam
13 days ago

Ben Lake 4 eva

Rob
Rob
13 days ago

If your in Ceredigion Preseli and you want to stop the Tories, then vote Plaid. Don’t split the anti-tory vote.

Steve Woods
Steve Woods
12 days ago

Voters of Ceredigion Preseli, it is your duty to ensure Mr Thomas loses his deposit.

Jeff
Jeff
12 days ago

This is the party that has just given “Sir” to Phillip Davies and Mohamed Mansour, among others. Remind me why the UK should vote for any conservative MP.

hdavies15
hdavies15
12 days ago

At least Tories have the good sense to pick a local candidate. However he will be up against Ben Lake who has turned out to be a “bloody good’un”. Constituencies down west tended historically to pick a good representative of local interests and Ben has showed a capacity for that as well as taking the lead on other matters of wider national interest. Dymuniadau gorau Ben, and trust that constituents in the new patch will continue to show good sense sticking with him.

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