General election 2024: The candidates standing in the Vale of Glamorgan

The Vale of Glamorgan is traditionally a bellweather seat, its result indicating how the election could go. Labour and the Conservatives are both frontrunners here.

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 getting marginally smaller, losing 8.3% of its current size to Cardiff South and Penarth.

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Where does the constituency cover?

It includes Wenvoe, Rhoose, St Athan, Llantwit Major, Cowbridge, and the Court, Cadoc and Baruc council wards.

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

What happened in the general election in 2019

Who is standing?

  • Alun Hugh Cairns (Conservatives)

  • Stuart Field (Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party)

  • Ian James Johnson (Plaid Cymru)

  • Lynden Mack (Green Party)

  • Kanishka Narayan (Labour)

  • Steven Rajam (Lib Dem)

  • Toby Rhodes-Matthews (Reform UK)

  • Steven Sluman (Independent)

The candidates

All candidates are being asked to provide answers to the same questions, these will be added here once received.

Alun Cairns - Conservatives

Alun Cairns arriving at Number 10
Alun Cairns arriving at Number 10

Alun Cairns has served as MP for the Vale of Glamorgan since 2010 and has lived in the community for 25 years. He has been elected four times. He previously worked for Lloyds Bank and was an Assembly Member for 12 years. He wife Emma runs a specialist education law firm, and they have one son Henri.

Alun served as Secretary of State for Wales between 2016 and 2019 and secured a new financial settlement for Wales - described by the Welsh Government as ‘very fair’. He abolished the Severn Tolls and steered the passage of the Government of Wales Act through Parliament.

After leaving government, Alun was elected Chairman of the All-Party Beer Group, which seeks to support pubs and the brewing industry. The Chancellor said Alun was one of the MPs who focussed his mind on the benefits of a duty freeze and reduced duty on beer served in pubs.

Outside politics, Alun has raised over £100K for charities by running the last 12 London Marathons. He holds the title of fastest MP over the 26-mile course.

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

Alun would like to see more free trade deals with different nations around the world – and the establishment of a Welsh Development Agency type body to support Welsh Businesses.

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

Alun believes economic development and the Welsh Government’s anti-business agenda leads to a wider wealth gap between Wales and the rest of the UK. He says the development of a Wales Development Agency type body is needed to promote and support Welsh Business.

Who has been the best British Prime Minister and why?

Churchill. Alun says he had vision, strategy and the leadership skills needed to secure UK and European peace and freedom.

Steven Rajam - Liberal Democrat

Alun Cairns, Conservative candidate for the Vale of Glamorgan -Credit:PA
Alun Cairns, Conservative candidate for the Vale of Glamorgan -Credit:PA

I’m Steven Rajam, I’m 43, and I’m the Liberal Democrat candidate for the Vale of Glamorgan: I’ve lived and worked in the Vale of Glamorgan area for the last 15 years.

Away from my work with the Liberal Democrats, I own and run a successful independent radio business based near Cowbridge - we were named radio production company of the year last year by our peers in the industry, and also were awarded the British Podcast of the Year award. I was thrilled to bring those home to Wales, where we have an amazing cultural sector.

Family-wise, I’m a doting Dad to a nine-year old daughter - my own father moved to the UK from Sri Lanka before I was born. I’m also a keen musician and sports fan: Wales in the rugby, Southampton in the football.

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

Our public services are in a mess: our trains don’t run on time, the NHS is struggling, and our energy bills are crippling. Meanwhile, Conservative and Labour governments in Westminster and Cardiff Bay are taxing hardworking people to breaking point. It’s not fair.

We’ll reverse Tory tax cuts for big banks, close tax avoidance loopholes for the super-rich, and bring in a windfall tax on the super-profits of oil and gas companies, so the cost of improving our public services is paid for more fairly.

Our policies are far greener than the Greens: we’ll invest money in a proper green economy, jobs and infrastructure for Wales’s future, not get bogged down in rows about high-speed trains.

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

People across Wales are struggling with a cost of living crisis caused by years of Tory mismanagement in Westminster. Labour say they have the answers - but they’ve had 25 years in charge in Wales and many people see little improvement. Plaid Cymru say they’re all for Wales: but they’re committed to spending hundreds of thousands - perhaps millions - of your taxes on an immediate referendum on Welsh independence.

No-one’s standing up for ordinary people. We’re committed to better childcare for working families, a better deal for high streets and businesses, and an improved standard of living and a cleaner environment for ALL Welsh people. Not just the same old, status quo from the stale old guard.

Who has been the best British Prime Minister and why?

Tony Blair worked with the Liberal Democrats in opposition to help bring in devolution for Wales, introduce a national minimum qage, and bring two million people out of poverty. He trusted and respected our Lib Dem leader, Paddy Ashdown, and together they discussed and introduced policies that transformed Wales and the UK for the better.

Sadly Blair stopped listening, and events like the Iraq War saw him move away from both our parties’ shared ideals. I truly hope Keir Starmer has more sense if he wins. People often say the Lib Dems won’t win the general election. But when it comes to ideas that change Britain for the better, we’ve been hugely influential.