Former South Wales Wales East AM and ex-Caerphilly Council leader Lindsay Whittle has been selected as Plaid Cymru’s candidate for the Caerphilly constituency in the UK General Election to be held on Thursday, June 8.
Cllr Whittle, who has been a councillor representing Penyrheol for more than 40 years, will be contesting his eighth UK General Election.
He said: “I’m delighted to receive a vote of confidence of party members in Caerphilly, where was I born and live. My family live here, it’s where I belong and an area I’m very proud and passionate about.”
He added: “Labour has represented this area at Westminster for decades but what have they actually achieved?
“The Tories have never been Wales’ friends while Labour is weak and divided and unable to offer strong opposing to the Tories. If elected, I and all Plaid MPs will use every day to fight for the best deal for Wales as we head for Brexit and we will defend our nation against the cruel and reckless Tories.”
Cllr Whittle is a former housing manager in Cardiff – a career he pursued for 25 years. He was also the leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council from 2008 to 2011, a post he served in for a second time, after previously leading the authority between 1999 and 2004. He was a member of the National Assembly between 2011 and 2016, representing the South Wales East region.
He is chair of the governors for his old school, Cwm Ifor Primary in Penyrheol, where he also volunteers.
Caerphilly’s current MP, Labour’s Wayne David, has already confirmed he will be standing again on June 8.