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Plaid Cymru announces broadcaster and journalist as Westminster candidate

23 Oct 2023 2 minute read
Plaid Cymru Llanelli constituency has Rhodri Davies as its candidate for the Westminster election.

Plaid Cymru’s Llanelli constituency has selected the broadcaster and journalist Rhodri Davies as its candidate for the Westminster election.

Originally from Pen-y-Mynydd, near Trimsaran, Davies worked as a bartender, refuse collector and teacher, before pursuing a media career. Across three decades, he has worked for the BBC, ITV and Llanelli- based Tinopolis, which makes programmes for S4C and audiences worldwide.

Llanelli has traditionally been a Labour safe seat, with a Labour MP representing the constituency since 1922. Nia Griffith has served as MP for Llanelli since 2005, winning 42.2% of votes at the last General Election in 2019.

Davies believes it is time and for change and says his ambition as a candidate is to present a clear choice for his home town, based on integrity, trust and local understanding.

Refreshing change

Mr Davies said: “I grew up with one foot planted firmly in Ceidrim Farm, Trimsaran and the other planted equally as firmly in Trinity Road, New Dock Llanelli. Those places mean family, identity, roots and community – they made me what I am.”

“What I am not is a career politician – I have spent my life working outside any political bubble. People I speak to tell me that’s a refreshing change.”

He added that he understands why people often lack trust in politicians, when an out-of-touch Westminster fails to put local interests first.

“Devolution in its current form has left us still beholden, still tied and yet without the means, the laws or the finances to better ourselves. To London – and in truth to Labour as well as the Tories – Wales continues to be an afterthought. That has to change.”


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6 months ago

Good to see a candidate who is as he says – “….not is a career politician – I have spent my life working outside any political bubble.” His media background gives him a depth of knowledge as well as a degree of fluency, although to some that too may be as off putting as coming from within that political bubble. Any way good luck to him. It’s time Nia got shunted out of the picture along with her Labour Brit loyalty. 

Ernie The Smallholder
Ernie The Smallholder
6 months ago
Reply to  hdavies15

It’s now for the people of Llanelli to support Rhodri for Plaid Cymru, and to get an MP to stand up for the people of Llanelli and Wales.
This seat is winnable for Plaid Cymru.

End decades of hard Labour and their support for British imperialism.

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