General election 2024: The candidates standing in Pontypridd

Parts of two other traditionally-Labour seats will come under the banner of Pontypridd from 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, it shows 70.9% of Pontypridd will join 41.9% of Cynon Valley, a seat being abolished, and 16.4% of Ogmore, to make the new constituency.

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Where does the constituency cover?

It includes Pontypridd town, Llantrisant, Ynysybwl, Rhondda, Graig, Llanharan, Brynna and Llanharry.

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What happened in the general election in 2019

Who is standing?

  • Steven Wayne Bayliss (Reform UK)

  • Joe Biddulph (Independent)

  • Jonathan Bishop (Independent)

  • Alex Davies-Jones (Labour)

  • Angela Marie Gerrard Karadog (Green Party)

  • David Mathias (Lib Dem)

  • Wayne Owen (Independent)

  • William Jac Rees (Plaid Cymru)

  • Jack Robson (Conservatives)

The candidates

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

Jonathan Bishop

Jonathan Bishop, independent candidate for Pontypridd
Jonathan Bishop, independent candidate for Pontypridd

My name is Jonathan Bishop. This is my second time standing for my home constituency of Pontypridd and fourth time standing for the UK Parliament. My age is 44 and after working and studying in technology and construction since the age of 16, I hope to get married and found a family in 2025. I founded a youth work and care provider in Abercynon in 2007, which is now located in Pontypridd.

In my spare time I like to attend the gym and pool in Llantrisant, go to the cinema in Nantgarw, and get takeouts or eat out meals from various venues in the community. I am best known in academic and media for my IT research, especially on Internet trolling, and have made speeches internationally in North America, Africa, Asia and Europe.

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

I want to introduce a new Bill of Rights to amend the Human Rights Act 1998 and Equality Act 2010 as well as other legislation that permits discrimination. The purpose of this law would be to extend the Human Rights Act to employers and providers of goods and services, as well as update the Equality Act and other legislation to account for current values. For instance, I would replace gender reassignment with gender so everyone is protected, pregnancy and maternity with parenthood, so both sexes are protected, and to remove clauses from Acts that allow discrimination against protected characteristics, such as on the grounds of marital status and sexual orientation.

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

The biggest issue facing Wales is too much is being spent on governance and not enough on frontline public services. I would abolish local authorities and split their powers between the Welsh Government and community, town and city councils. I would abolish Local Health Boards and bring them under direct control of the Welsh Government. NHS workers would fall into two categories; managers and administrators who would work as civil servants, and frontline health workers, who would work for NHS Wales so they could be paid more favourably. I would introduce similar changes nationwide in the UK, respecting the creation of city mayors in England.

Who has been the best British Prime Minister and why?

I would say overall it has to be Harold Wilson. He was a very innovative Prime Minister, introducing the Ministry of Technology, which led to things such as Condorde. He enacted social reforms in education, health, housing, gender equality, price controls, pensions, provisions for disabled people and child poverty. His government supported backbench MPs in liberalising laws on censorship, sex/gender rights, sexual orientation, and he abolished capital punishment. Major efforts were made ending discrimination against women and ethnic minorities, and his government also created the Open University.