Cardiff South and Penarth by-election: The candidates

November 13, 2012 6 Comments »

Clockwise from top left, Stephen Doughty (Labour), Robert Griffiths (Communist), Andrew Jordan (Socialist Labour), Bablin Molik (Liberal Democrats), Luke Nicholas (Plaid Cymru), Anthony Slaughter (Green Party), Craig Williams (Conservative), and Simon Zeigler (UKIP).

Voters in Butetown, Grangetown, Llanrumney, Rumney, Splott, Trowbridge and Penarth, all go to the polls on Thursday in the Cardiff South and Penarth by-election.

Below are details of all eight candidates standing in the vote, and you can see more of what they had to say in our report from Monday night’s hustings meeting.

Stephen Doughty, Labour. @Doughty4CSP

Stephen Doughty was born in Llandaff, brought up in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan and now lives in Splott. He is currently Head of Oxfam Cymru, but has also worked for the Welsh Assembly and in Parliament, with an interest in the developing world. He is a season ticket holder at Cardiff City and has been a Cub and Scout leader for the last eight years. Labour assembly member for Cardiff South and Penarth Vaughan Gething, who represented Mr Doughty at Monday’s hustings debate, described his party’s candidate as an advocate for social justice, who would campaign for the whole constituency. He added: “If you elect Stephen, you will be proud of him when you see him in parliament and you will definitely see him around this constituency.”

Robert Griffiths, Communist

Robert Griffiths was born in Llanrumney, lives in Splott and is the general-secretary of the Communist Party of Britain. He stood for election in the Cardiff South and Penarth seat at the 2010 election. He describes himself as a campaigner, not a “careerist” politician. He was part of the team that founded the campaign group Cardiff Against The Incinerator, and remains its chairman.

Andrew Jordan, Socialist Labour. @AndrewJordanSLP or @VoteJordanSLP

Andrew Jordan is a former resident of the Cardiff South and Penarth area. He is 24 and is the president of the Socialist Labour Party, the second highest position in the SLP behind that of party leader Arthur Scargill. He was represented by his colleague John Tyrrell at this week’s hustings debate, who said Mr Jordan would go into parliament with an anti-cuts agenda, and a pledge to stop the Westminster and Welsh Governments “selling short the people of Wales” on issues including education and healthcare.

Bablin Molik, Liberal Democrats. @bablinmolik

Bablin Molik was born in Bangladesh and came to Cardiff since 1986 when she was six-years-old. She has a doctorate, and currently works as a researcher in public health at Cardiff University. She has two young daughters and is part of the local partnership group for Communities First, runs a Saturday school project in the constituency and is a governor at Willows High School. She says that as the sole female candidate and the only candidate from an ethnic minority, she is well placed to understand the constituency’s diverse communities.

Luke Nicholas, Plaid Cymru. @luke4csp

Luke Nicholas grew up in Barry, and was educated at Barry Comprehensive and Swansea University. He is a 25-year-old transport and finance researcher at the National Assembly. He lives in Grangetown, where he contested the council elections in May. He describes himself as a trade unionist, saying “a vote for me is a vote for the left current in Westminster”, and that as a Plaid MP he would fight for more power to be devolved to Wales, and a “more progressive path for our country”.

Anthony Slaughter, Green Party. @as_penarth

Anthony Slaughter has lived and worked in Penarth for the past eight years. He works as a garden designer, is the chair of the community based environmental group Gwyrddio Penarth Greening and helps organise the Penarth Local Food Festival. He argues that the economic crisis and the environmental crisis are “one and the same”, and that his party fight on a platform that tackles both.

Craig Williams, Conservative. @Craig_William5

Craig Williams is currently a Cardiff councillor for Pentyrch, and works for the Assembly. He serves as the chairman of the Economy and Culture Scrutiny Committee on Cardiff Council and represents Cardiff on the Local Government Association. South Wales Central AM David Melding said Mr Williams would be a “committed MP for Cardiff South and Penarth”, representing the Conservative Party’s centre-right vision based around “wealth creation, making sure we have a fair society” and a “stronger enterprise culture”.

Simon Zeigler, UKIP

Simon Zeigler lives in Cardiff Bay. He stood for election in the Cardiff South and Penarth seat at the 2010 election. He says the millions of pounds currently spent by the UK Government in Europe could be better spent boosting the UK economy, and  immigration from Europe is putting pressure on jobs in this country.

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  1. Jim November 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    Have any of these ever worked in the private sector? You know, the sector that needs to grow to get us out of the economic malaise, the sector where 75% of us work?

  2. James November 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    I met Luke (the Plaid candidate) in Grangetown last week and was very impressed with his confidence and commitment.

  3. Dan L November 13, 2012 at 9:46 pm - Reply

    I have met Luke Nicholas a few times and think that he is a very impressive and credible candidate. He'd get my vote if I lived in the constituency.

  4. Sam November 15, 2012 at 12:30 am - Reply

    Somebody please tell me where to vote?! I want to vote but don't know where to go!

  5. Ian MacKinlay November 15, 2012 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    The caption says the names are clockwise, so and so. They are not.
    They are from left to right, both top row and bottom row.
    The teaboy reigns supreme again.
    Why does "Your Cardiff- Wales0nline" not employ people who actually are able to do do the jobs they are paid to do?

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