General election 2024: The candidates standing in Caerfyrddin

The Caerfyrddin (Carmarthen) constituency includes areas like Ammanford, Laugharne and Llandybie. It is mainly the former Carmarthen East and Dinefwr seat, which Plaid Cymru won in 2019 but with Jonathan Edwards representing it as an independent for part of the term.

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 made up of 84.2% of Carmarthen East and Dinefwr and 40.7% of what was Carmarthen West and Pembrokeshire South. The latter was a Conservative seat in 2019.

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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?

It includes areas such as Llangeler, Cenarth, Llanybydder, Llandovery and Llandeilo as well Carmarthen town wards.

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

What happened in the general election in 2019

Who is standing?

  • Will Beasley (Green Party)

  • Nick Beckett (Lib Dem)

  • Nancy Cole (Women's Equality Party)

  • Ann Davies (Plaid Cymru)

  • David Mark Evans (Workers Party of Britain)

  • Simon Anthony Hart (Conservative)

  • Bernard Holton (Reform UK)

  • Martha Angharad O'Neil (Labour)

The candidates

Will Beasley (Green Party)

Will Beasley, Green Party candidate for Caerfyrddin
Will Beasley, Green Party candidate for Caerfyrddin

Will is 52 years old and lives in Caswell, Swansea. Will is married to Dana, who is a consultant paediatrician. Together that have three children in secondary school and university. Will is currently a consultant surgeon at Swansea Bay University Health Board. Will has previously been a consultant surgeon at Hywel Dda University Health Board where he worked at Glangwili and Prince Phillip hospitals.

Will is active in sustainable healthcare organisations, both at Swansea University Health Board and more globally with various sustainable and planetary health organisations. Will is also a director at Cae Felin Community Interest Company, a regenerative wellbeing and horticultural project based at Morriston hospital.

Will is currently co-chair of the Swansea and Gower Green Party. In his spare time Will is a keen gardener, cook, musician, fisherman, kayaker, boogieboarder, forager, and amateur marine and soil biologist.

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

If elected as an MP I would see “All children to have a daily free school meal, made from nutritious ingredients and based on local and organic or sustainable produce and free breakfast clubs for children to Year 6.”

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

The biggest issue facing Wales is the Climate Emergency, and as a “threat multiplier” the Climate Emergency is making the health and social care, economic, food and farming, energy, crime and security crises worse. The Green Party recognises this and it’s policies are designed to fix it all. If elected I will be the Green in the room, bringing the Climate Emergency to the top of the agenda.

Who has been the best British Prime Minister and why?

The best British Prime Minister will be the first Green Prime Minister.

Nancy Cole - Women's Equality Party

Nancy Cole, Women's Equality Party candidate for Caerfyrddin
Will Beasley, Green Party candidate for Caerfyrddin -Credit:Green Party

Nancy Cole, 37, is Co-Leader of the Women’s Equality Party in Wales and a champion for women’s rights and local climate action. She is active in her local community running a mother and baby group, monitoring river water quality levels and working as an outdoor learning practitioner.

Having worked in education and youth work, she is also Head of Development for Tir Coed, a regional charity that connects people with green spaces for learning and wellbeing. She lives in Laugharne with her young family and enjoys sea swimming, watching football and loves Taylor Swift.

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

Universal free childcare has to be at the top of the political agenda if we are to build a climate positive, caring community. Investing in universal free childcare would not only create 1.7 million jobs, it would practically pay for itself with 89-95% of funding recouped in increased tax revenue and reduced spending on social security.

It would also enable 1.5 million mothers to work more hours, adding £27 billion a year to the economy. Investing in social care would create another million jobs, and for every pound invested £1.75 of benefits are delivered to the wider economy. So what are we waiting for?

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

Inequality is deepening and public services are crumbling and women are on the front line of these crises. We cannot go on like this. I believe things can be better but politics has to be done differently. I have the drive and the imagination to deliver this and put the people of Caerfyrddin at the heart of politics. I am campaigning to build a caring, sustainable economy that puts our health and happiness as central as wealth. We will do this by investing in care, ending child poverty, building climate positive communities and reimagining work.

Who has been the best British Prime Minister and why?

There have been Prime Ministers in the past that have led governments to introduce bold and ambitious ideas that really did change the game, but I don’t think we’ve seen the best British Prime Minister yet!