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Former Conservative leadership candidate to stand in key Senedd seat of Bridgend

30 Nov 2020 2 minute read
Shadow Education and Welsh Language Minister Suzy Davies AM. Picture by the National Assembly (CC BY 2.0)

Former Conservative leadership candidate Suzy Davies will stand in the party’s top target seat of Bridgend at next May’s Senedd election, it has been announced.

Suzy Davies has been a member of the Welsh parliament on the South Wales West list since 2011, and competed with Paul Davies for the party leadership in 2018, winning 31.9% of the votes.

Bridgend will be vacated by former First Minister Carwyn Jones at the upcoming election.

The Westminster seat was won by Conservative Jamie Wallis at last December’s General Election, overturning 36 years of Labour dominence.

Suzy Davies said that she was “very chuffed” to have been chosen.

“Thank you, everyone,” she said. “Please help me campaign for a better Bridgend”


Target seats

The Conservatives also announced candidates today in a raft of other competitive Senedd seats.

The party announced that Simon Kurtz was the candidate in Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire, a seat currently held by retiring Conservative Angela Burns.

Matt Smith was chosen as the Welsh Conservative Senedd candidate for the Vale of Glamorgan, and James Evans in Brecon and Radnorshire.

Jeremy Kent has been chosen as the candidate in Wrexham, another seat overturned at last year’s Westminster election.

The party’s main target seats in May are:

  • The Vale of Glamorgan
  • The Vale of Clwyd
  • Gower
  • Wrexham
  • Cardiff North
  • Newport West
  • Delyn
  • Bridgend

They currently hold all but Gower, Cardiff North and Newport West at Westminster.

They are also likely to target Brecon and Radnorshire where incumbent, Education Minister Kirsty Williams, is retiring.


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