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The Candidates For The Bridgend Central Council By-Election After Councillor Leaves Post For £50k Job

These are the candidates vying for election as councillor Bridgend Central at a by-election on August 11, after Labour councillor Stuart Baldwin announced in May that he would not be taking up his seat.

The Labour candidate was voted in with a total of 1,112 votes at the 2022 local council election but quit days later. He claimed the ‘increasingly toxic’ nature of local politics was to blame. But it has since emerged he had been been appointed to a £50,000 job working for the local authority and was not allowed to hold both roles.

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Former councillor Stuart Baldwin

The local authority has since been urged to hold an internal review into the situation, as the former councillor was also appointed to the job by officers who worked in the department covered by his cabinet portfolio when he was a cabinet minister in the previous administration.

The winner will join two Independent councillors, Steven Bletsoe and Timothy Wood in the position.

The updated list of candidates for the Bridgend Central election are as follows:

Thomas Joseph Dwyer – Welsh Conservative Party

Thomas Dwyer has lived in Bridgend for six years, where he now volunteers at a food-bank in Aberkenfig. He will be running for the Conservative Party and hopes to help people with the current cost of living crisis if he is elected.

He said: “I’ve lived in Bridgend for around six years and have really enjoyed my time here, so I want to give something back to the people of the area. We have a big crisis with the cost of living at the moment so I would be eager to help as many residents as possible with that.

“I’m a normal person who’s in the same position as a lot of residents, and as prices continue to rise I feel like I will be very approachable and understanding of the key issues they are going through. If elected I will also do my best to scrutinise the decisions made by the council.”

Steven Easterbrook – Independent

Steven Easterbrook, 61, has lived in Bridgend his entire life where he has worked in a number of retail management positions. He will be running as an independent candidate in this month’s by-election and says it is his passion for the town that sets him apart.

He said: “I’m very passionate about Bridgend and dealing with local issues for people here which is why I have decided to run. I’ve lived in the area my whole life and honestly think its such a fantastic place that I want to represent it to the best of my ability.

“There are parts of the town that have been neglected over the last five to ten years, and I’m really eager to make a difference to those and make it a place that we can be proud of. As well as regeneration for the town I want to focus on the youth of Bridgend, in delivering facilities that can give them the opportunities to go where they want to go in life.”

Edward Benjamin Curran – Welsh Liberal Democrats

Edward Benjamin Curran will be running for the seat for Bridgend Central representing the Welsh Liberal Democrats. He will look to join other council members from his party such as Rodney Berman in Cardiff and Carmel Townsend of Newport.

Ceri Elizabeth Evans – Welsh Labour

Ceri Elizabeth Evans is a former teacher who has lived in Bridgend for 21 years. The mother of two will be running for the Labour Party in the ward where she aims to be a strong voice for the people who live there.

She said: “Having been inspired by my late grandfather and my brother who have both been Labour councillors, I’m fully aware of the demands of the councillor role and excited at the opportunity of serving the community of Bridgend Central.

“I’m an optimist and an advocate for equality of opportunity. Treating our whole community with respect matters to me. I live my life within traditional Labour values by supporting others to achieve their potential.

“In talking to residents in the last six months we have been able to discuss topics that will become my priorities if elected. These include regeneration of our town centre, accessible recreational facilities, reducing anti-social behaviour and school expansion in Bridgend Central.”

Paul Hopkin John – Green Party

Paul Hopkin John is the candidate representing the Green Party for the Bridgend by-election this August. He will hope to follow a string of other successful Green candidates across Wales, such as Nathan Goldup-John of Neath and Rhys Livesy of Cardiff. You can read more of our stories about Bridgend here.

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