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 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.