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‘Dismay and anger’ as Labour election candidate is selected without local members vote

12 Jun 2023 2 minute read
Labour MP for Islwyn, Chris Evans. Photo Andrew Matthews PA Images

Rhiannon James, local democracy reporter

Caerphilly constituency Labour Party members have expressed “dismay and anger” after Chris Evans was chosen as the party’s candidate for the seat at the next general Election.

Wayne David, who is the current Member of Parliament for Caerphilly, announced last year he would be retiring at the next general election.

Mr Evans, the current MP for Islwyn, was chosen as Labour’s candidate for the Caerphilly seat by the Welsh Executive Committee (WEC).

The Welsh Executive Committee is made up of representatives from each section of the party, including MPs, Members of Senedd, councillors, trade unions and Constituency Labour Parties (CLP).

There are tensions surrounding Mr Evans’ selection, because local Labour members did not get the opportunity to vote during the candidate selection process.

Caerphilly’s Constituency Labour Party (CLP) wrote to the WEC with their concerns.


The letter said: “The CLP wishes to place on record with WEC [Welsh Executive Committee] the dismay and anger felt at the way it has been treated with apparent contempt in this matter.

“It respectfully asks WEC to address the CLP concerns on this matter and restore the rightful expectation of members in Caerphilly CLP to be afforded a democratic selection process, albeit with some shortlisting guarantees.”

Wayne David MP said: “It’s always going to be a bit difficult due to boundary changes. He’s a sitting member with a good track record and I’m sure he wil represent the constituency well if elected.”

The Boundary Commission for Wales has said it intends to split the Islwyn constituency between Caerphilly and Newport West, which is expected to be confirmed in July.

If the changes go ahead, Cefn Fforest, Pengam, Pontllanfraith and Maesycwmmer will be part of the Caerphilly constituency.

A new constituency, Newport West and Islwyn, will be created and would include Abercarn, Argoed, Blackwood, Crosskeys, Crumlin, Newbridge, Penmaen, Risca East, Risca West and Ynysddu.

Labour’s Ruth Jones is currently the MP for Newport West.

Chris Evans declined to comment when approached by the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

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John Hammond
John Hammond
11 months ago

Starmer’s Labour Party looks ever more alarming in its behaviour.

Ernie The Smallholder
Ernie The Smallholder
11 months ago
Reply to  John Hammond

Glad we have Plaid Cymru.

We should value our own parties in Wales.
Welsh Labour is definitely NOT free of UK Labour and the Westminster system.

11 months ago

Glad? 82 Recommendations to get PC house in order. Try another Welsh independence party.

11 months ago

This is a regular way of electing puppets in Russia and China. Comrade Stamer is showing his contempt for Wales. The local labour members still have access to democracy, use it to vote for another party or you won’t have a choice next time!!

Rhufawn Jones
Rhufawn Jones
11 months ago

This seems to be a recurring theme under Starmer. Though no doubt they’ll be voted in regardless. One party state since 1922.

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