The Labour Group on Caerphilly County Borough Council has named teacher Gareth Pratt as its candidate for the upcoming Penyrheol by-election being held on Thursday August 1.
Mr Pratt was born and brought up in Machen and has lived in the Caerphilly basin for most of his life. He went to school in Bedwas High school, and then studied at Swansea and Lancaster university.
He has worked at the civil service in the National Assembly for Wales in the Agriculture department, and then worked for a number of years with the police in both London and Bridgend.
In 2009 Mr Pratt decided to seek a new challenge and retrained as a teacher. In this capacity Gareth has worked in a lot of schools across South Wales, and has worked with lots of young people and adults – many of whom have had severe emotional and learning difficulties. Mr Pratt has been a Labour party member for many years, and in May 2012 was elected to Caerphilly Town Council for the Bryncenydd ward.
Outside of politics, his main interests are reading, cycling, photography and walking, and he can often be found walking and cycling in the hills around Penyrheol and Caerphilly. His political interests include education, health and the environment, and his main aims if elected, would be to ensure that the voices of local residents are heard loudly and clearly in the council chamber, and to improve the environment for local people.
Caerphilly AM Jeff Cuthbert AM praised the community work undertaken by the Welsh Labour candidate and said: “Gareth Pratt will be a first class choice for the people of the Penyrheol Ward. Since becoming a Caerphilly town councillor he has made it his business to knock doors every week and take up issues of concern on the doorstep. I’m sure that if elected, he will continue the hard work and dedication he has demonstrated and will work tirelessly for all people living in the ward”.
Caerphilly MP Wayne David added: “Gareth Pratt is an excellent candidate. He is a young man with energy, commitment and a proven track record. He is an active member of Caerphilly town council and if elected to serve this ward, I have no doubt he will do a fantastic job.”