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Propel candidate for Newport elections is currently living and working in Dubai

08 Apr 2022 3 minute read
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Rhiannon James, local democracy reporter

A Propel Wales candidate who is standing in the Newport council elections in May is currently living and working in Dubai.

Shane Anthony Williams is standing in the Tredegar Park and Marshfield ward – where three seats are available – despite not currently having a home address in Newport.

Mr Williams has been teaching in Dubai for the past five years, but has said he has handed in his notice and he intends to return to Wales on July 6 – two months after the election on May 5.

Candidates must meet one or more of the following requirements to stand in a council election:

    • Registered to vote in the area.
    • Lived in the area for the whole of the last 12 months.
    • Rented or owned land or premises in the area for the whole of the last 12 months.
    • Had their main job in the area for the whole of the last 12 months.

Born and bred

Mr Williams said: “I am standing for Propel, because I believe people are looking for genuine political change. I am born and bred in the area and taught at Duffryn High for five years, before teaching abroad.

“My life experiences living away give me that bit of extra insight and I want to make a difference in my community. I have seen and experienced the ongoing issues faced especially by young people and senior citizens.”

Propel Wales is a political party that was formed by Neil McEvoy in January 2020.

Mr McEvoy was expelled from Plaid Cymru in 2018 and is a former Member of Senedd representing the South Wales Central region.

Mr McEvoy, who is standing for re-election in the Fairwater ward in Cardiff, said: “Propel is delighted to be breaking ground in Newport with such high-calibre candidates. Shane is a working class boy who has done well. His longing for Wales has pulled him back home and he wants to roll up his sleeves and get stuck in. ”

Here is a full list of candidates standing in the Tredegar Park and Marshfield ward:

Wayne Anthony Cresswell – Conservative

Rhian Howells – Labour

Celia Jones – Propel: Not Politics As Usual

Catherine Jane Linstrum – Green Party

Brian Miles – Conservative

Sarah Louise Nurse – Conservative

Allan Screen – Labour

Trevor Watkins – Labour

Shane Anthony Williams – Propel: Not Politics As Usual


Leader of the Newport Conservatives, Matthew Evans who is standing in the Allt-yr-yn ward, described the situation as “bizarre”.

Mr Evans said: “If you’re entitled to stand, you’re entitled to stand. The electorate will decide if they want to vote for someone who doesn’t live in Newport or even the country.”

A spokesperson for the Gwent Green Party said: “People want to be able to elect councillors who are visible all year round, and the Green Party prides itself on choosing candidates with a track record of hard work in their communities.

“Catherine has worked with residents to bring broadband to St Brides, clear fly tipping and save the Gwent Levels. The people of Tredegar Park and Marshfield will of course decide for themselves, but we struggle to see how this level of representation could be achieved from Dubai.”

Newport Labour and Newport Independents Party have been contacted for comment.

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Grayham Jones
2 years ago

Stop being little Englanders and start fighting for wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 kick all English party’s out of wales vote Plaid Cymru 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

2 years ago
Reply to  Grayham Jones

Change the record mate.

Kurt C
Kurt C
2 years ago

Wants political change by doing the worse of unionist parties do. Helicopter candidates are a big negative of an political representation.

The Original Mark
The Original Mark
2 years ago

How does Mr Williams comply with any of the 4 criteria listed, or am I missing something?

Dai Rob
Dai Rob
2 years ago

Obviously up to speed with all local and Welsh issues!! FFS

2 years ago

Cymru needs people with international experience to avoid provincialsm.

2 years ago

IMHO, councillors should have a permanent home and be living in it in the ward they represent. Swansea Castle ward in which I live has a councillor who lives several miles away in Waunarlwydd who, as far as I am aware, has never shown her face in the part of the ward where I live. The ward is so diverse in characteristics, ranging from slums and high-rise drug-riddled council estates to student accommodation to privately owned homes occupied by respectable families and single people of all ages. The interests of the home owners here seem to be totally ignored and… Read more »

2 years ago

Someone had to copy the Tory MP Geoffrey Cox, who was working from the Caribbean, just a shame it was someone from our country. Standards are set at the top, if the people at the top get away with it, those below will deem it acceptable and will follow. Had a laugh at the Tory who said it was “Bizarre” after what Cox had done, lol.

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