General election 2024: The candidates standing in Wrexham

Currently a Conservative seat, Wrexham is taking on a large chunk of the Clwyd South constituency as part of the boundary review. The seat will be made bigger by adding 39.2% of Clwyd South.

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.

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Where does the constituency cover?

It includes Overton, Rosset, Holt, Brymbo and central city wards.

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

What happened in the general election in 2019

Who is standing?

  • Paul Ashton (Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party)

  • Sarah Elizabeth Atherton (Conservatives)

  • Charles Dodman (Reform UK)

  • Becca Martin (Plaid Cymru)

  • Tim Morgan (Green Party)

  • Andrew Ranger (Labour)

  • Timothy John Sly (Lib Dem)

The candidates

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

Sarah Atherton

Sarah Atherton, Conservative candidate for Wrexham
Sarah Atherton, Conservative candidate for Wrexham

Elected in 2019, I became Wrexham’s first Conservative MP and the first Conservative woman to represent a Welsh constituency. I have sat on the Defence Committee, as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Wales and Foreign Office, and as Minister for Defence People and Veterans.

I led the Defence Committee’s groundbreaking inquiry into women’s experiences in the military: ‘Protecting those Who Protect Us’. The Ministry of Defence responded positively, leading to significant improvements for women in the military.

Before entering politics, I served in the Army - Intelligence Corps. I then trained and worked as a nurse at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, specialising as a District Nurse. Recognising the link between health and social care, I qualified as a social worker, focusing on older adults, mental health, and dementia. Outside of work, I started a small microbrewery business and became a community councillor, building a reputation for delivery and action.

I have one son, who I raised as a single parent, I understand the firsthand importance of the welfare state and charitable sector during tough times.

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

I will advocate for transferring the responsibility of the Welsh NHS to the UK Government to ensure Welsh citizens receive the level of healthcare they deserve. For the past 25 years, the Welsh Labour Government has mismanaged health services in Wales. We have the worse A&E, cancer, treatment, and ambulance wait times in the UK. After nearly 8 years of our Health Board in special measures, the Welsh Government has proven it is not capable or up to the job. The situation is actually getting worse. As a nurse I can see how the health service is letting the people of Wales and our hardworking NHS staff down, with Welsh Labour consistently shirking their responsibility, blaming others, and offering patients hollow promises of improvement.

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

North Wales is consistently neglected in terms of investment and development by the Welsh Labour Government in Cardiff. Instead, they continue to invest in their ‘voter belt’ along the M4, like building new hospitals, yet refusing my call to build a new hospital in Wrexham. South Wales receives more than five times the investment per capita compared to North Wales. They consistently blame Westminster for not getting enough money, despite receiving the largest funding settlement since devolution began. Instead of taking responsibility and being accountable for the services they provide, they waste taxpayers’ money on giving illegal immigrants £1900pa, £100m on more politicians in the Senedd and £40m on their disastrous blanket 20mph anti-car policy or presiding over the worse educational attainment levels in the UK. The Welsh Labour Government seeks more power, yet they continue to fail to deliver on the powers they have and have shut down all scrutiny which may expose them for what they are.

Who has been the best British Prime Minister and why?

In my opinion, Winston Churchill was undoubtedly the best Prime Minister, a beacon of leadership and resolve during our nation’s darkest hours. His unparalleled foresight and unwavering courage were instrumental in the success of D-Day, which we recently commemorated on its 80th anniversary. Churchill was a leader of extraordinary vision, unafraid to make tough decisions for the greater good. His legacy is a testament to the power of courageous leadership in the face of overwhelming adversity.