General election 2024: Find out more about the candidates standing in Brecon, Radnor and Cwm Tawe

The Brecon and Radnorshire constituency is changing under the review of constituencies in Wales and will now be known as Brecon, Radnor and Cwm Tawe from the 2024 General Election. It has been a seat which has changed hands between the Lib Dems and Conservatives in recent years and the MP most recently was Conservative Fay Jones, first elected in 2019.

She is one of eight candidates in this election. The boundaries of all but one Welsh seat have changed ahead of the 2024 election, only Ynys Mon (the island of Anglesey) remains untouched, all others have seen changes which could impact the results on election night. You can read the background to the changes here.

Instead of 40 constituencies, there are now 32 in Wales and the idea behind it is to make all Westminster constituencies the same size. Using figures from electoral calculus, we can see how this constituency is changing. It is the same as the Brecon and Radnorshire seat but with 30.4% of the current Neath constituency.

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The election is taking place on Thursday, July 4 and 32 MPs will be elected to represent Wales.

Where does the constituency cover?

This constituency includes Llandrindod North and South, Llangattock, Llangors, Ystradgynlais, Allt-wen, Pontardawe. Here is the map from the Boundary Commission for Wales for the Brecon, Radnor and Cwm Tawe constituency:

You can also find your constituency by entering your postcode here:

What happened in the general election in 2019?

Who is standing?

  • David Chadwick (Lib Dem)

  • Matthew James Dorrance (Labour)

  • Emily Durrant (Plaid Cymru)

  • Jonathan Harrington (Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party)

  • Adam Hill (Reform UK)

  • Fay Jones (Conservative)

  • Amerjit Rosie Kaur-Dhaliwal (Green Party)

  • Lady Lily the Pink (Monster Raving Loony Party)

The candidates

All candidates were all asked to answer the same questions, the responses received are all below:

David Chadwick - Liberal Democrat

I live in Brecon with my wife Gemma and young son William. My family have deep roots in this area and my Tadcu worked in Port Talbot steelworks. It was he who taught me the value of hard work and community.

I am passionate about standing up for our diverse community, from the rural hills and agricultural areas of Radnorshire to the post-industrial Swansea Valley. I want to see every part of this constituency thrive and would tirelessly to ensure our local issues are not forgotten by either the Welsh Labour Government or the UK Government.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, including taking my young son to feed the ducks along the Brecon Canal. I also enjoy walking in the outdoors and one of my key focuses would be to protect the outstanding natural environment we have in our constituency.

Name a policy you want to see become law if elected as an MP

I would be pushing for a law to ban sewage dumping in Welsh Rivers and ending the excessive executive bonuses for Water Company bosses. Both the Welsh Labour Government and the UK Conservative Government have sat back while water companies have been allowed to dump millions of litres of raw sewage into Welsh rivers every year. Meanwhile, Welsh Water has continued to pay its executives massive bonuses and leave Welsh customers some of the most expensive water bills in the UK, all while failing to invest in infrastructure.

We absolutely need to end this scandal and protect our amazing natural wildlife.

What's the biggest issue facing Wales and what will you do to fix it?

There are so many, but in Brecon, Radnor and Cwm Tawe fixing the social care crisis has to be the priority. Social care is now eating up the majority of our local council’s budgets and the crisis means that our healthcare system cannot cope. A&E departments are unable to discharge patients back into the community because the social care system cannot cope, this feeds into the massive ambulance delays and overcrowding we see at our hospitals. But fixing social care is not about saving the NHS, it's also about giving people their dignity back.

Both the Welsh Labour Government and the UK Conservative Government have promised reforms to social care, but both Governments have just continued to kick the can into the long grass and neither party is talking about it this election.

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to make social care free at the point of use for all who need it. We have also pledged to raise the minimum salary for our carers and give the profession a clear career progression structure, recognising the enormous value that the job entails. We would also boost statutory support for unpaid carers.

Lastly, we would provide Wales with an additional £210 million to support the social care sector here in Wales.

Who has been the best British Prime Minister and why?

David Llyod George. He is the only Welshman to have ever been Prime Minster and is considered one of the greatest political reformers of British history. He introduced many things we take for granted today including the state pension, unemployment and sickness support and the earliest version of a national healthcare system. He remains one of the most influential Liberal leaders to this day.

Matthew Dorrance - Labour

Matthew Dorrance, Labour candidate for Brecon, Radnor and Cwm Tawe
-Credit:Welsh Liberal Democrats

I was born and brought up in Brecon in a working-class family. My mum was a school dinner lady and my dad was in the army. I went to local schools and then worked in health and social care. My great uncle Ken was one of the Shrewsbury 24, campaigning all his life for justice so Labour and Trade Union politics were part of everyday life in our house.

I became a Town Councillor in 2008, serving as the youngest Mayor of Brecon, and then was elected as a County Councillor in 2012. I’ve been re-elected at every election since, increasing my vote each time through my record of hard work. In 2022, I became the first Labour Deputy Leader of Powys Council, also serving as the Council’s Armed Forces Champion.

I’m proud of my record as an elected councillor, delivering a new Flying Start Centre in my community, the Real Living Wage for council staff and a new council house building programme. My hobbies include walking in Bannau Brycheiniog National Park with Phyllis my Tibetan Terrier, reading and music.

Name a policy you want to see become law if elected as an MP

If I could bring forward a Private Members Bill, I would like to strengthen rights for armed forces personnel to ensure that they have a mechanism to secure improved accommodation quality and a forum to negotiate on pay and conditions. We ask a great deal of those who serve and their families and we need to do more to help and support them.

What's the biggest issue facing Wales and what will you do to fix it?

Wales needs a partner in Westminster who will work with our Welsh Government and not against it. We need to deliver economic stability and tackle the cost-of-living crisis. Labour will do this with its strong fiscal rules, we will cut energy bills through our plans to set up GB energy and we will make work pay with our new deal for working people.

Who has been the best British Prime Minister and why?

Attlee. His Labour government rebuilt Britain after the Second World War, established our NHS, was a founding member of NATO, built one million new homes and passed the Agriculture Act.

Emily Durrant - Plaid Cymru

Matthew Dorrance, Labour candidate for Brecon, Radnor and Cwm Tawe -Credit:Labour Party
Matthew Dorrance, Labour candidate for Brecon, Radnor and Cwm Tawe -Credit:Labour Party

I am an experienced campaigner for local communities, having served as a County Councillor on Powys Council for five years. I have brought millions in investment to the area through my role as Trustee of Black Mountains College and have a successful career in agriculture and sustainability. I am a mum to many boys and deeply passionate about fairness, inclusion and the power of diversity. I see climate change and nature loss as our generation's biggest challenge.

Name a policy you want to see become law if elected as an MP

I want to see greater powers for Wales enshrined in law, particularly power over our resources and justice system. Only then will we begin to unlock the true potential of Wales. At the right time, I would see Wales become an independent republic.

What's the biggest issue facing Wales and what will you do to fix it?

It is an absolute disgrace that the UK Government are yet to give Wales the billions owed in transport infrastructure funding. A future with truly sustainable transport is essential to the rural and valleys communities in the Brecon, Radnor and Cwmtawe constituency. As your MP, I would fight for Wales' fair share of infrastructure funding going forwards, and demand that the billions already owed to us are returned and spent as determined by decision-makers in Wales.

Who has been the best British Prime Minister and why?

The only answer I can give to this question is that I do not see one clear 'best Prime Minster'. The job of Prime Minister is one of enormous responsibility and the very least that the public can ask is honesty and integrity. On that basis, I cannot choose any Prime Minister of the last decade. Whilst I do not agree with many of their policies, I would say Gordon Brown or Clement Atlee seemed at least to be honest in their approaches.

Fay Jones - Conservative

Fay Jones, Conservative candidate for Brecon and Radnorshire
-Credit:Plaid Cymru

Aged 39, married to Tim, owned by Nancy and Truffle - two unruly labradors. Former Member of Parliament for Brecon and Radnorshire - hoping to be re-elected for the new constituency of Brecon, Radnor and Cwmtawe.

Name a policy you want to see become law if elected as an MP

A legal target for UK food security; ensuring that farmers are encouraged to always produce food.

What's the biggest issue facing Wales and what will you do to fix it?

I will campaign for a Welsh Conservative Government to replace the woeful Labour administration we have in Cardiff Bay. If we turf them out, we can improve our health service and education standards - reversing the quarter century of decline which has held Wales back.

Who has been the best British Prime Minister and why?

Rishi Sunak. Through his stewardship of the economy, he has brought inflation down and our economy is pointing in the wrong direction - despite really difficult global conditions. He is the only one prepared to take difficult decisions like tackling illegal immigration and reducing inflation.