Local Welsh Labour members have selected home-grown candidate Huw Thomas as their parliamentary candidate for Ceredigion. Born and raised in Aberystwyth, Huw attended Ysgol Gymraeg Aberystwyth and Penweddig Comprehensive, and also completed his Masters degree at Aberystwyth University. He now lives in Cardiff, working as a qualified project manager for the charity Sustrans, promoting sustainable transport across Wales. He is also a Councillor on Cardiff City Council, serving as Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care.
Speaking after his selection, Huw said:
“It is a fantastic honour to stand for Labour in the area I was born and brought up. My family has lived here for generations, and growing up in a close-knit community in Ceredigion has shaped me as a person and remains a fundamental part of my identity.
“Our communities are being hit hard, with the Lib Dems fully supporting the Tory cuts. From a huge hike in tuition fees, to the cost-of-living crisis that blights our towns and villages – no one in Ceredigion voted for these policies, and I will hold the current MP to account. The people of Ceredigion badly need a Welsh Labour MP that will put them first, and stand up for those struggling to make ends meet.”
“My campaign starts here. I want to share my vision for a revived Ceredigion which is economically thriving and culturally dynamic, where young people can enjoy good careers without leaving the area, and where the elderly and vulnerable are treated with respect and dignity, not as third class citizens. I feel very passionately about making Ceredigion a better place, and I look forward to hitting the doorsteps and pounding the pavements between now and the election, speaking and listening to as many people as possible.”
Lord Elystan Morgan, the last Labour Member of Parliament, said:
“In Huw, you have someone who knows the area, its people and its culture, thoroughly well. He would be a substantial asset to Ceredigion, and a strong and distinguished Welsh voice for Ceredigion in Westminster.”