2019 Newport West by-election
Newport West constituency
A by-election will be held in the UK Parliament constituency of Newport West on 4 April 2019, following the death of Labour MP Paul Flynn. This will be the third by-election held during the 57th UK Parliament, which was elected at the 2017 general election.
In October 2018 the sitting MP Paul Flynn indicated his intention to resign his seat in the imminent future, following a worsening of his rheumatoid arthritis. At the time, Flynn indicated that he would wait for a snap general election, in case that allowed him to stand down without triggering a by-election, citing the expense involved in organising and holding one. He died on 17 February 2019, following a “long illness”.
Newport West has been held by Labour since 1987, when Paul Flynn won the seat from the Conservatives. The constituency is semi-marginal, with Labour majorities not exceeding 10,000 votes except during the electoral landslide of 1997.
Candidates and timetable
Flynn had indicated his intention to stand down at (or before) the next general election and political parties had begun to select candidates ahead of the next general election in Newport West.
Several candidates were pre-selected by parties before the by-election was formally called, including Jonathan Clark (Plaid Cymru), Matthew Evans (Welsh Conservatives), Ruth Jones (Welsh Labour) and Amelia Womack (Green Party). UKIPselected their Welsh leader Neil Hamilton. The Liberal Democrats selected Ryan Jones. Also standing are Richard Suchorzewski for the Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party; June Davies for the Renew Party; Ian McLean for the continuing SDP; and candidates for For Britain and the Democrats and Veterans.
|Plaid Cymru||Jonathan Clark|
|Liberal Democrat||Ryan Jones|
|For Britain||Hugh Nicklin|
|Abolish the Welsh Assembly||Richard Suchorzewski|
|Democrats and Veterans||Philip Taylor|
Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford announced on 12 March that the expected decision on the construction of an M4 relief road around Newport would be delayed due to the purdah rules that had taken effect during the by-election. Such rules prevented the government from making major policy announcements to avoid unduly influencing an election campaign. The news was strongly criticised by the Conservative candidate.
|Plaid Cymru||Morgan Bowler-Brown||1,077||2.5||-1.5|
|Liberal Democrat||Sarah Lockyer||976||2.2||-1.7|
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