'I've never voted': Not everyone in Wales' biggest town is heading to the polls

The Vale of Glamorgan is currently held by the Conservatives, but has a history of voting for the winning party. Alun Cairns, the current MP and former Secretary of State for Wales, will be hoping to keep his seat but he faces a tough fight from Labour's Kanishka Narayan.

The constituency covers diverse towns and villages including Rhoose, Llantwit Major, Cowbridge and Wenvoe. We visited Barry, the largest town in Wales, to find out if people would be voting and what they believe the most important issues are.

John McAllister, who has lived in Barry his whole life, is a Plaid Cymru member and was adamant that everyone should vote.

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"I think it's very important, everybody should be voting. It's a shame that young people don't vote more, it affects us (young people) more than anyone else," he said.

John went on to say he thought the cost-of-living crisis would influence a lot of voters. "It's been a really tough time for a lot of people, especially since the pandemic," he said.

Not everyone we spoke to said they would be heading to the polls. Beverley, from Barry, said she wouldn't be voting having lost interest and trust in politics. "I don't believe in any of them, they've lost my interest and my confidence in them all," she said.

"I did vote for Labour years ago but not now. They used to be for the poor but the rich is getting richer, the poor is getting poorer. No one's there to help us anymore," she added.

Keith Simpson, 56, admitted he'd never voted and hadn't registered to vote in the general election. He did however say he hopes Labour win as he branded the past few years "chaos".

Nicholas Nikolov lives in Dinas Powys after spending 40 years in Barry and said he would be voting. He said he's always voted Conservative, fondly recalling when he met Boris Johnson on Barry Island three years ago. "He was nice, he was having an ice cream!" he said.

Christopher Perry, a life-long Barry resident, said he'd be voting for Reform tomorrow after initially considering voting independent. He added that he hopes to see Nigel Farage win a seat in Parliament.

Alun Cairns, Kanishka Narayan, Ian Johnson, Lynden Mack, Steven Rajam, Toby Rhodes-Matthews, Steven Sluman and Stuart Field are all standing in the Vale of Glamorgan constituency. Watch the video in full above