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Thursday, January 18, 2024

New year update from area's Labour candidate

Becky, Gittins, the Labour candidate aiming to be Llangollen's next MP (pictured above) has sent out new year update ... 

A New Year in Clwyd East

2023 was a big year for me, I moved house, got married and became the Labour candidate to be the next MP for Clwyd East. I am hopeful that 2024 will be just as seismic, not just for me but for our community and our country.

2024 is a year of significant change. Over the previous couple of years, the Electoral Commission have been amending parliamentary constituency boundaries across the UK. The old constituency of Clwyd South – the constituency which Llangollen has been part of since 1997 – is no more.

The towns and villages of Clwyd South are instead now divided among a number of new parliamentary constituencies. Llangollen and the neighbouring villages of Froncysyllte, Garth and Trevor have been joined with the towns and villages to their north to form the new seat of Clwyd East, running all the way to the Irish Sea and incorporating Prestatyn, Ruthin, Holywell and Mold. At the general election later this year, Clwyd East will elect its first MP.

Since being selected as Labour’s candidate for Clwyd East back in April 2023, I have been out knocking on doors across the constituency, attending events and visiting local organisations and businesses, to understand the community I seek to serve. This has included a lot of time spent in Llan, predominantly knocking on doors but also joining you for events and festivities, from fetes to tractor parades!

I have gained a good understanding of the issues which matter to people in Llan and I want to continue to improve that understanding. If you haven’t managed to speak to me yet and would like to share issues of importance to you, please email me at, or complete my survey.

My hope for 2024 is that people can find some semblance of hope and possibility for the future – for both ourselves and our community. When things at home and abroad are feeling fraught, it’s easy to fall into thinking that it can’t be any different. But that’s not true,there is an opportunity to change things for the better in 2024. I will be out in Clwyd East, asking you about the issues which matter to you and talking to you about how we get our future back, week in, week out, between now and the general election.

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