Plaid Cymru have named their candidate for the next general election in Montgomeryshire.

The party’s National Executive Committee confirmed they have put forward Councillor Elwyn Vaughan as the candidate for the Montgomeryshire Glyndwr constituency at the next Westminster election, which is set to take place sometime in the next 15 months.

Councillor Vaughan, the member for the Glantwymyn ward on Powys Council and the Plaid Cymru group leader at the authority was chosen following a hustings at Newtown and Chirk.

“It’s a privilege to be chosen as the candidate for Montgomeryshire – Glyndwr,” said Mr Vaughan.

“As the keeper of the old Welsh liberal tradition of Cymru Fydd – we will focus on environmental and community sustainability and supporting an entrepreneurial and can do attitude in Montgomeryshire – a essential element when we face continued depopulation and loss of our young people."


Councillor Vaughan stood for Plaid Cymru at the 2021 Senedd elections gaining the best ever result for the party in Montgomeryshire coming second behind the Conservatives and finishing ahead of the Liberal Democrats for the first time.

The Montgomeryshire Glyndwr seat will take in the current Montgomeryshire constituency held by Conservative Craig Williams, and part of Clwyd South which is held by another Conservative, the former Llanfyllin mayor Simon Baynes.

Mr Vaughan cited examples of campaigns in which he has participated, including over the air ambulance base at Welshpool, and the road built over graves at Hodley chapel.

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“In the face of a Conservative party which has created a mess of everything, the reason Powys - as all Councils are facing cuts to services and pressures, the reason our residents are facing high inflation rates, facing a cost of living crisis, facing higher mortgages, – the reason the public sector are facing further cuts after a decade of cuts after cuts – is the economic shambles created by the Tories in power,” said Cllr Vaughan.

“Who can remember the £30 billion cost of the budget by Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng resulting in the Bank of England having to safeguard the pensions sector with a support scheme - worth a potential £65bn?

“Montgomeryshire is the only constituency in Wales that has never elected a Labour MP, I’m asking all those therefore that share similar values, that want justice for our communities, want someone to stand up for the area, that puts people and communities first to join with me, lend us their support and ensure we have a strong progressive voice for Montgomeryshire Glyndwr – strength in unity, let’s create change.”