General election 2024: The candidates standing in Dwyfor Meirionnydd

Dwyfor Meirionnydd is seen as a safe Plaid Cymru seat, and due to the boundary change it takes on part of another safe seat for the party - Arfon.

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 the new Dwyfor Meirionnydd seat is all the former constituency as well as 59.1% of Arfon, where the current MP Hywel Williams is standing down. There is also 5.1% of the Clwyd South, a Conservative seat, in the new constituency which has been represented by Westminster group leader Liz Savile Roberts since 2015, and her predecessor Elfyn Llwyd since its creation in 2010.

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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 Llanberis, Llanbedr, Corris, Llandrillo and Aberdaron.

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

What happened in the general election in 2019

Who is standing?

  • Tomos Day (Conservatives)

  • Karl Drinkwater (Green Party)

  • Joan Ginsberg (Heritage Party)

  • Phoebe Jenkins (Lib Dem)

  • Lucy Murphy (Reform UK)

  • Liz Saville Roberts (Plaid Cymru)

  • Joanna Stallard (Labour)

The candidates

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

Tomos Day - Conservative

Tomos Day, Conservative candidate for Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Tomos Day, Conservative candidate for Dwyfor Meirionnydd

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

My name is Tomos Day, the Welsh Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Dwyfor Meirionnydd. I am 27 years old and grew up in Mid Wales and studied at Aberystwyth University. My family’s roots have always been in Mid Wales with family in Carmarthenshire, Montgomeryshire and Gwynedd.

I currently work as a Parliamentary Aide to Craig Williams MP and before that worked as Private Secretary to the Deputy Ambassador of Japan. In my spare time I am a keen follower of rugby, history and until recently was a School Governor at a Special Educational Needs School.

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

A key issue I would campaign on is the way dementia treatment is categorised in our health and social care system. We all know a loved one who has been hit by this dreadful disease. Dementia should medically be treated on par with cancer and other similar illnesses rather than being classed as a social care issue.

Dementia eats away at the mind just like cancer on the body and we should enshrine in law that the way dementia is treated is brought to a much higher standard so that families and patients are completely supported emotionally, clinically, and financially.

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

In Wales, our biggest barrier to success is the way the economy is managed in our Senedd. Take the hospitality trade, the restaurants, theatres and especially pubs that form the backbone of our communities. In Wales they will pay £7,000 more tax a year than the same businesses in England.

This is entirely unfair and must be addressed. Our Government in Cardiff has put one hand of the Welsh economy behind its back. It’s time we listen to businesses and workers and let them keep more of their money to invest in our communities.

We have many success stories from manufacturing, agriculture to high tech, and I got into politics to work to create more. Only when people have good jobs in successful businesses will we see our communities reach their full potential.

Who has been the best British Prime Minister and why?

Stanley Baldwin – He was Prime Minister during one of the most difficult economic times in Britain’s history. Prime Minister throughout the 1920’s and 30’s he was faced with the economic shock from World War One, Spanish Flu and a world reeling from both.

With wages low, inflation rampant and future economic prosperity for Britain not guaranteed, he got to grips with all of these challenges to the point where the British economy was fighting fit by the outbreak of the Second World War. The British People of the 1920’s and 30’s knew that Baldwin’s focus on stabilising the economy, intervening when necessary, and ensuring people had more money in their pocket would create prosperity. His clear plan and Conservative principles saw life expectancy shoot up from 48 in 1920 to 63 in 1940.

Joanna Stallard - Labour

Joanna Stallard, Labour candidate for Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Tomos Day, Conservative candidate for Dwyfor Meirionnydd -Credit:Conservatives

My name’s Joanna Stallard. I was born in Aberystwyth and raised for the most part in Llangollen, Denbighshire. I’m 27 years old and currently work as the Recruitment Manager responsible for the UK and Germany for an Expert Network company called Atheneum.

I’ve been a recruiter for four years, but before that I was a Parliamentary Researcher in Westminster for my former home constituency MP, Susan Elan Jones, MP for Clwyd South from 2010-19. As a teenager, I became involved with the Welsh Youth Parliament and took part in a live Youth Debate in Westminster where I had the chance to speak at the Dispatch Box.

Apart from politics I am a big enthusiast about languages, having been raised bilingually through English and Welsh and having studied German at University. I’m also a big Musical Theatre fan.

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

I want a level playing field for Wales and Welsh people. Wales is so often an afterthought in national discussion, and I want to raise more awareness about Welshness and the Welsh language as part of a national conversation which is more aware of the need to be inclusive.

Other than that, I want to do more to continue the progress and development of devolution in Wales through stronger collaboration with the Welsh Government through a larger cohort of Welsh Labour MPs.

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

Tackling the cost-of-living crisis is the number one priority for me. We can do this through the creation of new jobs in North Wales. I am excited about Labour’s plans with the Wylfa sight on Anglesey which would inevitably boost the local economy as a starting point.

Who has been the best British Prime Minister and why?

I don’t know if I subscribe to ranking Prime Ministers, but I do admire Gordon Brown and believe that he was not given a fair hearing when he was Prime Minister. In hindsight, people remember his legacy with admiration. I think he presented a moderate and sensible way of doing politics and helped us to retain the British Pound, which I believe was the right thing to do.