Senedd Members and Police & Crime Commissioner Hustings

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AberSU are holding husting events for both Senedd Member and PCC candidate elections. As part of this we have created a form for any questions you might have for the candidates.

Please click here: https://umabersu.wufoo.com/forms/mmwiv7z1t3oj3q/

Both events will be live streamed on our Facebook page.

  • Police & Crime Commissioner Candidates- Tuesday 27th April 6-8pm
  • Senedd Member Candidates - Wednesday 28th April 6-8pm

Senedd Members

In Wales, you will have two ballot papers for the Senedd Elections. Firstly, for your Constituency Vote (Ceredigion) and secondly your regional vote (Mid and West Wales).

Every resident in Wales has one Constituency member and four regional members; this increases representation. Constituency members and regional members have equal power in the Senedd.

On your ballot paper you will vote for an individual to represent your constituency and a party to represent your region.

Due to devolution these Senedd Members are separate to Members of Parliament (MPs) who are accountable to Westminster rather than Welsh Senedd. MPs are only elected in General Elections, and will not be on the ballot on the 6th of May.

16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote in these elections for the first time this year.

What powers do Senedd Members have?

Due to devolution (Meaning: Limited self-governance) the Senedd controls most day-to-day decision making in Wales. This includes:

  • Environment
  • Education
  • Welsh Language
  • Agriculture
  • Health
  • Local government

For Ceredigion there are seven candidates:

  • Cadan Ap Tomos (Liberal Democrats)
  • Stephanie Evans (Freedom Alliance)
  • Harry Hayfield (Green Party)
  • Gethin James (Reform UK)
  • Amanda Jenner (Conservatives)
  • Elin Jones (Plaid Cymru)
  • Dylan Lewis-Rowlands (Labour)

Police & Crime Commissioner

What decisions do your Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC) make?

  • How your area is policed
  • The police budget
  • The amount of Council Tax charged for the police
  • Providing a link between the police and communities, which includes consulting local people, the council and other organisations
  • Holding the chief constable to account for the performance of a force's officers and staff

Perhaps you want to know how the local police are making decisions throughout the Black Lives Matter movement or in the wake of #KillTheBill following the death of Sarah Everard?

You will have one ballot paper for the PCC Elections.

These elections use the Supplementary Voting System (SV); this means you have the opportunity to rank your top two candidates, your first choice and an optional second choice.

There are four candidates running in Ceredigion, for the area covered by the Dyfed-Powys Police.

  • Jon Burns (Conservatives)
  • Dafydd Llywelyn (Plaid Cymru)
  • Glyn Preston (Welsh Liberal Democrats)
  • Philippa Thompson (Labour)

To find out more about each of these click here https://www.choosemypcc.org.uk and enter your University term time address.


Bibliography:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-19504639

https://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/your-council/voting-elections/pcc/

https://www.centreonconstitutionalchange.ac.uk/the-basics/what-powers-does-senedd-welsh-parliament-have

https://senedd.wales/

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/devolution-settlement-wales

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