General election 2024: The candidates standing in Bridgend

The Bridgend constituency will get a new MP in the next general election as Jamie Wallis, the Conservative who was elected in 2019, has said he will not stand in Wales again. The seat changed from Labour to Conservative at the last 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. The Bridgend constituency will be 82.8% of the existing Bridgend constituency and 31.8% of Ogmore, a Labour held seat.

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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 Bryncoch, Ynysawdre, Morfa, Pendre, Sarn, Newton and Rest Bay.

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What happened in the general election in 2019?

Who is standing?

  • Anita Boateng (Conservatives)

  • Iolo Caudy (Plaid Cymru)

  • Debra Ann Cooper (Green Party)

  • Chris Elmore (Labour)

  • Mark John (Independent)

  • Caroline Jones (Reform UK)

The candidates

All candidates are being asked the same questions, and their answers will be added here once received.

Debra Ann Cooper - Green Party

Debra Ann Cooper, Green Party candidate for Bridgend
Debra Ann Cooper, Green Party candidate for Bridgend

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

In terms of law it depends on how broad you wish that answer to be. Ecocide I would like to see as a criminal offence. I would like to see the House of Lords pass Zane's Law. (The child who died when a toxic gas entered his house during a flood believed to be from a landfill site).

River and sea pollution are huge concerns so it is more that I wish by all means available to facilitate water control measures which capture rainwater and release it/create and protect soak away zones into suitable areas. Then fully fund upgrades to sewage processing.

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

The biggest issue is water. It could be our greatest energy resource with the correct strategy, technology and investment. If kept clean our rivers and seas are a source of recreation to for humans and a thriving habitat for our wildlife. As rainfall, along with tidal surges are becoming a less predictable feature, due to climate change then we have to be proactive in managing our water. The plumbing and pipework for the control of sewage is in need of an intelligent and carefully implemented UK wide upgrade.

Who has been the best British Prime Minister and why?

The greatest prime minister that never was is John Smith. Had he not collapsed and died in Parliament he would have been the PM instead on Tony Blair. His loss was a personal tragedy for his family and tragedy for the UK. I do not believe the wars that Tony Blair triggered would have happened had John Smith taken his rightful place as PM.

Chris Elmore - Labour

Labour candidate for Bridgend Chris Elmore
Debra Ann Cooper, Green Party candidate for Bridgend -Credit:Green Party

I’m Chris Elmore and I’m standing as the Welsh Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Bridgend and Porthcawl and since 2016 I have served as the Member of Parliament for Ogmore. I’ve recently hit the ripe old age of 40 in December last year! Bridgend is very much home as its where my wife and I are bringing up our 3-year-old, who is growing up far too fast. I’ve been working in politics, in one shape or form for 20 years now – whether that be as an elected Councillor and Cabinet Member in the Vale of Glamorgan, working in Public Affairs or now as a Member of Parliament. In what feels like a lifetime ago I was also a trainee butcher. My garden is very much my slice of paradise that I look forward to each weekend when I’m back from Parliament –it’s somewhere where I can switch off from the political noise.

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

Employment and paternity rights are areas of policy that I have been passionate about for years and I was lucky enough to make a meaningful change through my Private Member’s Bill this year. My Bill, the Paternity Leave (Bereavement) Bill, ensures that the surviving partner has the right to take leave from day one if the mother of the child dies during pregnancy or in childbirth with a leave entitlement of up to 52 weeks. It also allows for a leave provision in situations where the child also dies, meaning that the surviving partner can stay on paternity leave for a period of time. As a father and as husband I genuinely couldn’t think of a worse situation to be in, and I am pleased that my Bill will allow people the time they need to grieve and to plan for the future.

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

Undoubtedly the single biggest issue facing communities across Wales, and indeed the United Kingdom as a whole, is the cost-of-living crisis. With sky-high energy costs, stagnant wages and the worst living standards in more than 50 years – residents are angry and frustrated with 14 years of Tory austerity. I have had constituency surgeries where nurses tell me they’re turning to foodbanks and pensioners who have been forced to just heat one room during winter because energy bills are too high.

Hard-working people shouldn’t have to worry about affording the basics such as heating and eating. A Labour Government in Wales working with a UK Labour Government in Westminster will be able to bring down living costs through the establishment of GB Energy which will cut energy bills, create jobs and contribute to a greener economy.

Who has been the best British Prime Minister and why?

For me, the best Prime Minister we have had has to be Clement Atlee – he truly was one of the most transformational and consequential leaders of the 20th century. You have to cast your mind back to the country he inherited in 1945; a country ravaged by war, left with crumbling infrastructure and a generation lost in conflict.

Without Atlee’s Labour Government we wouldn't have had the National Health Service, nor would we have had social security without the introduction of the National Insurance Act (1946). Labour Governments are at their best when they are at the most transformational and the 1945-51 Atlee administration didn’t just build back a war-torn country it set in motion policies and institutions that would stand the test of time and benefit generations thereafter. Under Keir Starmer, we’ll have another transformational Labour Government to end the pain of 14 years of the Tories.