General election 2024: The candidates standing in Clwyd North

The Clwyd North constituency is a new constituency in 2024, taking part of two Conservative-held constituencies. The majority is the former Clwyd West constituency (69.8%) which has been represented by David Jones, who is retiring this election.

The rest of the constituency is the Vale of Clwyd seat (64.1%) which is being abolished. North Wales will have seven, not nine constituencies as a result of the review.

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 will be 76.9% of the Delyn seat, represented by Labour's Mark Tami, and 35.9% of Vale of Clwyd, 16.1% of Clwyd West and 9.1% of Clwyd South, all three of those voted 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.

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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 Rhiw, Towyn, Gele, Bodelwyddan and Trefnant Lower wards.

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

What happened in the general election in 2019

Who is standing?

  • Gill German (Labour)

  • Martyn James Hogg (Green Party)

  • Darren Millar (Conservatives)

  • Jamie Orange (Reform UK)

  • Paul John Rowlinson (Plaid Cymru)

  • David James Wilkins (Lib Dem)

The candidates

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

Gill German - Labour

Gill German, Labour candidate for Clwyd North
Gill German, Labour candidate for Clwyd North

I was brought up locally and have two children. I was a local teacher for over 20 years and came into politics because I saw life getting more and more difficult for the families of the children coming through my door.

I knew I needed to step up to do more and stood for county council election. Now I am Deputy Leader of Denbighshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Families. I am doing what I can to support our communities in the face of huge pressures on our public services, but it is clear to me that the change we need is at the top, in Westminster. So I am stepping up again: this time to be MP for Clwyd North. I will speak up and stand up for the people who live here and work hard to make Clwyd North the best it can be.

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

Labour's New Deal for Working People is a core part of Labour’s offer to the country and something I absolutely want to see become law. We are committed to bringing forward legislation to Parliament within 100 days of being elected to deliver the New Deal and to consult widely on its implementation. The New Deal will include a ban on exploitative zero-hour contracts and measures to tackle bogus self-employment and insecure work; a genuine living wage; flexible working rights; strengthening sick pay; reviewing parental leave and ending fire and rehire. A more secure workplace means a more fulfilled and productive workforce, which is good for us all: in Clwyd North, in Wales and across the UK.

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

I have spoken to thousands of people across Clwyd North since I was selected as a candidate just under a year ago and the biggest issue by far that I hear on the doorstep is the cost of living. When the economy was crashed by the UK government two years ago, it was people in places like Clwyd North who paid and are still paying the price: with bills up, food prices up, mortgage rates up and living standards down.

First and foremost, after more than a decade of chaos and decline, we need economic stability for the UK. Then, and only then, can we begin to see the economic growth Wales needs: with good, skilled jobs in industries such as clean energy to bring bills down and wages up. I will be standing up every day to bring economic growth to Clwyd North: making the most of our natural resources, boosting the local economy and putting money into public services.

Who has been the best British Prime Minister and why?

The achievements of Labour Prime Ministers – from the NHS to the minimum wage– have made such a lasting difference that it is impossible to choose just one. From Clement Atlee’s visionary, transformative post-war government that brought us social security, a major programme of house building and of course our greatest achievement, the NHS to the great change brought about by Harold Wilson, including legislation to outlaw racial discrimination, the Equal Pay Act and the Open University to the progress brought by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown with record investment in public services, the National Minimum Wage and the Human Rights Act, Labour’s achievements in power have been significant and life changing. I will be working hard day in, day out right up to the day of the General Election to put Keir Starmer into Number 10 as our next Labour Prime Minister and see these kinds of achievements once again.