General election 2024: The candidates standing in Neath and Swansea East

The existing Neath constituency is being merged as part of the boundary review. Both are however safe Labour seats.

Swansea East incumbent Carolyn Harris secured the nomination. Neath MP Christina Rees was elected for Labour but is sitting as an independent due to an inquiry into allegations against her.

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. It is a combination of four different seats with 68% of Neath, 37.4% of Swansea East, 16.2% of Aberavon and 9.2% of Gower.

Where does the constituency cover?

It includes Tonna, Resolven, Glynneath, Seven Sisters and Crynant.

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

What happened in the General Election in 2019

Who is standing?

  • Samantha Nida Chohan (Conservatives)

  • Helen Ceri Clarke (Lib Dem)

  • Jan Dowden (Green Party)

  • Carolyn Harris (Labour)

  • Andrew Jenkins (Plaid Cymru)

  • Dai Richards (Reform UK)

The candidates

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

Jan Dowden - Green Party

Jan Dowden, Green Party candidate for Neath and Sweansea East
Jan Dowden, Green Party candidate for Neath and Sweansea East

My name is Jan Dowden and I am a 56-year-old mother of one who works part-time as a staff nurse in a general hospital in South Wales. I have been nursing for 37 years and spent 30 years as a registered general nurse (R.N). I have lived in South Wales for 21 years and have lived in Neath for 6 years. When I am not working, I like to attend my art society, paint with watercolours and draw with mixed media. I also like to walk to the various parks in Neath such as Victoria and Gnoll parks.

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

The policies of the Green Party are not the same old stale ideas, we start from a different set of principles that hold fairness and equity at their core. In order for our society to have a sustainable future, I would like to promote policies that define wealth in a broader way than just money. How we see wealth should acknowledge society and our environment as interdependent systems that both need to thrive.

The pursuit of economic growth too often occurs at the expense of clean air, rivers and seas, and the carbon emissions that drive current growth are also increasing the extreme weather events that are now a threat to farming and our infrastructure. I support our policy to invest £40bn in the green economy, a £12.4bn investment in green skills, and community-owned energy schemes such as wind farms that directly benefit residents and the local economy.

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

The cost of living crisis is affecting families across Wales. Some people are working many hours and still relying on food banks to help support their families. This is an unacceptable situation in the 21st century when the country as a whole has the resources to support a dignified quality of life for all. People should not have to choose between heating their homes and eating, and yet many families are in this situation right now.

To address this, I will support a Wealth Tax on the richest 1% on assets of over £10 million and reform of Capital Gains Tax which affects about 2% of all taxpayers. This will help divert our national wealth to the families that need it most, instead of further benefiting those already rich. I am also strongly in favour of better protections for gig economy workers, giving them equal employment rights to other workers.

Who has been the best British Prime Minister and why?

Atlee stands out as a Prime Minsiter who has had a lasting positive legacy for this country. He drove through the creation of the NHS and welfare state reforms, something many did not think was possible and many resisted. He saw the best side of humanity and built his policies to bolster these values, and the practical value of this principle of caring for each other has lasted (though vastly impoverished after Conservative under-investment).

We desperately need more of this ambition and creativity in modern-day politics. Labour no longer has the courage to pursue Atlee’s vision. The four-day week, one of the Green Manifesto pledges, is an Atlee-like bold move that many think is impossible, but one day will seem a similarly logical and practical way to have a full life.