Lib Dems select Brecon and Radnorshire candidate

By Twm Owen in Local People

The Liberal Democrats have selected their leader on Powys County Council to try and win the Brecon and Radnorshire seat back from the Conservatives.

James Gibson-Watt, the Powys councillor for Glasbury, was selected by party members at a meeting in Builth Wells today as their candidate for the June 8 snap election.

Ironically Mr Gibson-Watt only returned to Powys council in a 2015 by-election caused when Chris Davies, who had been the area’s county councillor, was elected as the Conservative MP for Brecon and Radnorhire.

Mr Davies holds a 5,102 majority over the Lib Dems who had held the Brecon and Radnorshire seat since 1997.

Mr Gibson-Watt had worked for former Brecon and Radnorshire MP Roger Williams. He had also been the Powys councillor for Hay-on-Wye before losing his seat at the 2008 local government elections, when he was a member of the council’s ruling executive board.

At this week’s local elections the councllor won his Glasbury ward, collecting 725 votes to just 358 to his sole challengers, Conservative Alan Hood.

Though the Lib Dems only increased their number of councillors by four on Powys council they won more seats in Brecon in Radnorshire than the Conservatives and also took a seat in Llandrindod Wells from the Conservatives.

Labour has selected Dan Lodge as its candidate while Kate Heneghan is the Plaid Cymru candidate.

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