General election 2024: The candidates standing in Caerphilly

The new Caerphilly constituency combines most of the existing Caerphilly patch with some of the neighbouring Islwyn. Both are safe Labour seats in both Westminster and the Senedd but there will be a new face representing the area as Wayne David will retire at 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, we can see how this constituency is changing. It is 90.8% of the existing Caerphilly patch and 24.6% of Islwyn.

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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?

The constituency covers Aber Valley, Nelson, Ystrad Mynach, St James, Bedwas, Trethomas and Machen.

Here is the map from the Boundary Commission for Wales for the Caerphilly constituency:

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

What happened in the general election in 2019

Who is standing?

  • Steve Aicheler (Lib Dem)

  • Chris Evans (Labour)

  • Brandon Gorman (Conservatives)

  • Joshua Seungkyun Kim (Reform UK)

  • Mark Thomas (Green Party)

  • Lindsay Geoffrey Whittle (Plaid Cymru)

The candidates

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

Steve Aircheler - Lib Dem

My name is Steve Aicheler, I'm 49, and I currently work at a local university providing support to students and graduates who are starting their own businesses, social enterprises, and charities.

Prior to this I was the successful founder of two businesses which provided employment for people in Caerphilly. As a father of two young children, I really care about improving the education system in Wales and I understand the challenges facing young families. I represent the Lib Dems on my local community council.

Despite being a relative newcomer to party politics, I do have a great deal of experience as a business owner, educator, and community activist. You will often find me cycling or running in the beautiful countryside around my home in Machen.

Protecting this environment from the harms of pollution and climate change is another part of my motivation for seeking election as well as ensuring that everyone has safe access to green spaces.

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

Replacing Ofwat with a regulator which will ensure that everyone has access to clean water and protects our environment would be high on my priorities. The Conservatives, and Labour before them have allowed big finance to take money from the customers of the water companies, driving up debt to pay dividends (and high salaries in the case of Dwr Cymru). This is not a case of public vs private ownership; it is a case of ensuring that regulatory bodies have the power to do their job properly.

The current framework of regulatory bodies is failing the UK across all sectors water, energy, education, and communication. A policy which, starting with Ofwat, ensures that the public interest is put ahead of the interests of big finance, and which has a stronger commitment to engagement with citizens is one which will ensure that public services are being delivered properly.

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

The biggest issue facing Wales is poverty and inequality – too many people are being left behind.

The way to solve this problem is to develop a more dynamic economy which can only be done through investment in education and skills. We have to invest in the technologies which are needed to transition to a sustainable economy and in the people and skills needed to support these industries.

I would fight to protect our world class university sector, ensuring that both teaching and research are properly funded. Wales currently has the lowest level of 18-year-olds going on the higher-level studies and this takes away opportunities for young people as well as weakening our ability to grow the economy.

Unlike the other parties the Lib Dems would prioritise taking the difficult long-term decisions which will tackle the root causes of poverty.

Who has been the best British Prime Minister and why?

That’s a tricky question, we’ve had a pretty bad run over the last 10 years! I’m not too much of a history buff but there is probably a lot to learn through what Clement Atlee achieved in post war Britain.

Creating the NHS, building thousands of new homes and enlarging and improving social services were massive challenges, but if it could be done then there is no reason why we can’t do it now.

If forced to choose a more modern PM I would have to look to either Major, or Blair in his first few years.

Neither were perfect, but they both seemed to have principles to which they tried to stick, often seeing them have bigger battles with their own parties than the opposition. They were also pretty much centrist in their outlook and not tied to ideology which is where I see my politics.

Chris Evans - Labour

Chris Evans, Labour candidate for Caerphilly
Steve Aicheler, Lib Dem candidate for Caerphilly -Credit:Liberal Democrats

Born and brought up in the South Wales valleys, I became MP for Islwyn in 2010. I held that role for 14 years and was the Shadow Minister for Technology. As an MP, I focused on advocating for the community on a range of pressing issues including ending fuel poverty, and supporting smaller and local business. I have also worked on financial inclusion, looking to make sure everyone can access banking services, and affordable credit when they need it. Additionally, I have advocated for those who have served in our armed forces, in particular war veterans and ensuring they are properly memorialised.

When not at work, I enjoy running and the gym, and I can often be found watching or reading about football, boxing and golf. My major hobby is writing and I have published two books, one on boxer Freddie Mills and the other on football manager Don Revie.

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

The price of energy has been a major driver of the cost-of-living crisis. For years I have been asking the Conservative Government to take action on fuel poverty, and yet skyrocketing bills have devastated the finances of countless families. At the start of June, wholesale gas prices hit their highest level in six months, threatening another bill spike for Welsh households.

This is why I want to see Labour take forward Great British Energy. It will invest in homegrown clean power, ending our reliance on international gas markets controlled by dictators like Putin, and cutting energy bills for good. Funded by a windfall tax on oil and gas giants that have been allowed to make record profits, our plan to knock £300 off the average household energy bill is extensive but includes tripling our solar power capacity and investing in insulating homes.

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

One major area in which Wales is being failed is connectivity. We are disproportionately affected by patchy, unreliable 4G and the Conservatives’ behind-schedule, sticking plaster programme for expanding the network will not remedy this. We cannot expect our local businesses to be productive and successful when so many cannot rely on being able to send an email or edit a video (or indeed make a phone call) at their place of work. A UK government needs to start by taking business success in Wales seriously, and work with the mobile operators to help them meet their coverage targets, which the National Audit Office confirmed earlier this year the government was not doing enough to monitor.

Who has been the best British Prime Minister and why?

Clement Attlee provides us with an important lesson in what a UK-wide Labour government can achieve. His most well-known achievement was establishing the welfare state which included founding the NHS, for the first time committing the state to treat people free of charge at the point of use, regardless of their medical condition. He also maintained near full employment, played a major role in the foundations of NATO, and oversaw significant improvements in conditions for workers, including entitlement to sick leave. This was all delivered despite inheriting a poor economic situation because of the Second World War. While many of these are things we take for granted now, it was unthinkable progress back then - he showed that much more is possible when we commit to real, lasting change.