Candidates have been confirmed in Arfon for the 2019 General Election, which will be held on 12 December.
Plaid Cymru MP Hywel Williams will defend a majority of just 92 votes from 2017, while Labour have named Steffie Williams Roberts from Bangor as their new candidate, after Mary Gwen Griffiths-Clarke, who contested the seat for Labour in 2017, stood down.
The Brexit Party have named Gary Francis Gribben as their candidate for Arfon and the Conservatives will also contest the seat after announcing that Gonul Daniels will stand for election.
Plaid Cymru scraped through by the thinnest of margins in 2017 with 11,519 votes ahead of Labour candidate Mary Griffiths Clarke on 11,427.
Mr Williams vote had dropped by only 217 votes since the 2015 election, but Labour had increased by 3,305.
Conservative candidate Phillippa Parry was well beaten last time round on 4,614, with Liberal Democrat Calum Davies, just about keeping his deposit on 648.
Arfon was the only one of the six North Wales counties to vote remain in the 2016 referendum, by 58.1% to 41.9%.
The constituency is relatively large by geographical area, with the majority of the population living in the Bangor and Caernarfon areas. The total population in Arfon as of the 2011 census was 60,573.
The Liberal Democrats have withdrawn their candidate in Arfon after agreeing a ‘pro-EU electoral pact’ with Plaid Cymru and the Green Party. The pact means that candidates will stand aside for each other in 11 of the 40 seats in Wales, to increase the chances of a Remain-supporting MP being elected.
The candidates have already started their election campaigns. Hywel Williams has been in Garth Bangor with local councillor Huw Wyn Jones, Mr Williams said: “Now more than ever we need a strong local voice for Arfon”
Plaid supporters have been out delivering leaflets across Bangor over the last few days. Mr Williams added: “It’s great to see so many young people joining my re-election campaign and fighting for a better future for Wales. Westminster is broken. The London parties care little for Wales. Only a vote for Plaid Cymru will ensure our voice is heard.”
Labour candidate Steffie Williams Roberts welcomed First Minister for Wales, Mark Drakeford, to Coed Mawr in Bangor on Thursday. Steffie Williams Roberts said: “There was a very positive response was had on the doorstep.
“There was even a chance for a chat with the local postman, Ifor Roberts, about the current issues facing Royal Mail staff.
Mark Drakeford also visited Coed Mawr Community Centre where Steffie introduced Cllr Colin King and his wife Christine to the First Minister.
She added: “Colin and Christine are an integral part of the Coed Mawr community through not only Colin’s work on the City council but also in running the community centre where many important local activities take place. Mark was especially taken by the cherry trees in the community centre garden.”
General Election Candidates For Arfon
Plaid Cymru – Hywel Williams
Welsh Labour Party – Steffie Williams Roberts
Brexit Party – Gary Francis Gribben
Welsh Conservative – Gonul Daniels