General election 2024: The candidates standing in Cardiff East

Cardiff East is a constituency being re-established under the new boundary review in Wales. A previous seat of this name was abolished in 1950, it is mainly made up of the former Cardiff Central seat and some of the Cardiff South and Penarth constituency.

The former Cardiff Central seat was held by Labour's Jo Stevens since 2015. She will contest the seat again 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 see this constituency is 78.2% the former Cardiff Central seat and 32.4% Cardiff South and Penarth, also a safe Labour 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?

The council wards of Adamsdown, Plasnewydd, Penylan, Cyncoed, Pentwyn, Llanrumney, Rumney and Trowbridge.

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

What happened in the general election in 2019

Who is standing?

  • Rodney Berman (Lib Dem)

  • Beatrice Brandon (Conservatives)

  • Lee Canning (Reform UK)

  • Sam Coates (Green Party)

  • Cadewyn Eleri Skelley (Plaid Cymru)

  • Jo Stevens (Labour)

  • John Aaron Williams (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)

The candidates

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

John Williams - TUSC

I was born and bred in Gloucester, just an hour away by train. A very working class area, that I regularly visit when I can to see my family. My dads side of the family was from Exeter, my mums side of the family are from all over, including my grandmother who was from Tredgar. I moved to Cardiff in 2014, to study drama and English but I decided to stay as I fell in love with the place. At university, I became active in socialist politics and the trade union movement, and also got a job in hospitality, where I still work today.

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

One policy that I would like to see become law is proper working class and community control over MPs and all representatives that are elected. Voters should have the right to recall MPs for scrutiny if they aren’t happy with what they’re doing. Part of that should be that MPs should only be on the average wage of a worker in their constituency, to keep them in check. MPs shouldn’t be able to spend expenses on bills and the basics, only genuine expenses, but these should be open to scrutiny also and made public.

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

One of the biggest issues facing Wales, but is also affecting the rest of the UK, is austerity. More than £1b has been cut from the Welsh NHS budget in the past 14 years, meaning that Wales has the worst functioning part of the NHS in the UK. Official austerity, (although it can be argued that austerity really started with Thatcher) has been with us for 14 years and used by the Tories to devastate communities and public services.

Unfortunately, the Welsh government and local authorities have just implemented these budgets with no fight back. Ultimately, all these parties defending capitalism and profit will never be able to deliver what’s objectively necessary to change society.

Who has been the best British Prime Minister and why?

Clement Attlee has been the one prime minister that has given us the most gains in Britain. In terms of council homes, the welfare state, bringing industry into public ownership, and of course the beloved NHS. Unfortunately, when Winston Churchill got back in, he started to reverse some of the gains.

Tory and Labour governments since have chipped away at it little by little and we really have got a fight on our hands to save the NHS. The private sector should be completely kicked out, the pay demands of the health workers should be met, all cuts reversed and more funding! As Aneurin Bevan said, “The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it.”