Third of Welsh Conservative candidates live outside of Wales
A third of Conservative general election candidates for Welsh constituencies live outside the country.
Official lists of candidates published by local authorities reveal that the Conservative candidate in 13 of 40 Welsh seats do not have a home address in Wales.
That list includes target seats for the Tories, such as Cardiff North and Ynys Môn, where their candidates are listed as living in London.
The Conservative candidate for Ynys Môn has the furthest to travel between her home in Kensington and would-be constituency at 297 miles.
That’s closely followed by the candidate for Arfon who lives 260 miles away in the Enfield Southgate constituency and a Conservative councillor in West Suffolk standing in Arfon.
Combined, the 13 Conservative candidates based outside Wales have 2,265 miles to travel between their homes and the constituencies they’re contesting. The full list is:
|Constituency contesting||Constituency of Home Address||Distance|
|Swansea West||Stroud||95 miles|
|Cynon Valley||Salisbury||112 miles|
|Cardiff Central||Sutton Coldfield||121 miles|
|Cardiff South and Penarth||Spelthorne||141 miles|
|Cardiff North||Ealing Central and Acton||144 miles|
|Aberavon||Bermondsey and Old Southwark||181 miles|
|Alyn and Deeside||Hampstead and Kilburn||212 miles|
|Dwyfor Meirionnydd||Wimbledon||241 miles|
|Aberconwy||West Suffolk||259 miles|
|Arfon||Enfield Southgate||260 miles|
|Ynys Môn||Kensington||287 miles|
Today a Welsh Conservative member of the Senedd said that the candidate selection process has “fallen short”.
Speaking on BBC Radio Wales, Nick Ramsay said that “there is no use pretending that the last couple of weeks haven’t been difficult”.
“I’ll be honest – I think that there are lessons to be learnt from this.
“I think that there are lessons to be learnt from each election. Other parties have their problems as well.”
Four other parties are also fielding a smaller number of candidates who live outside Wales.
Five of the Brexit party’s 31 candidates in Wales live outside the country. Their candidates for Gower, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney, Wrexham, Cardiff North and Neath live in Wiltshire, North Shropshire, North East Somerset, Tonbridge and Hornsey and Wood Green respectively.
The Liberal Democrat candidate for Montgomeryshire is based in Uxbridge and South Ruislip.
The Labour candidate for Ynys Mon is based in Vauxhall and the Gwlad, Gwlad candidate for the Vale of Glamorgan is based in Bexley and Sidcup.