These are the 19 sign ups from the Senedd in Wales


Wales has 19 sign ups of the Senedd.

We already knew there would be eight new politicians appointed after previous MSs announced they would not seek re-election. Those include former First Minister Carwyn Jones and Liberal Democrat Kirsty Williams, who served as Mark Drakeford's education minister.

There are new MSs on both constituency and regional lists. They include former party staff members, councillors, a journalist and former MP.

The largest contingent would be the eight Conservatives who constitute half of the Tory group within the Senedd, Plaid has six new members who will constitute just below 1 / 2 of its 13-strong group while Labour has three sign ups and something Lib Dem.

See how we covered the election counts accept all the reaction as it came in. And see all of the constituency and regional results from around Wales on our dedicated results page.

Rhys ab Owen – Plaid Cymru, South Wales Central

A barrister who decided to stand in Cardiff West after Plaid Cymru expelled Neil McEvoy, Rhys ab Owen went to Ysgol Glantaf in Cardiff and browse law at Oxford University.

He lives in Canton with wife Manon and baby daughter Esther. His father was former regional MS Owen John Thomas.

Mabon ap Gwynfor – Plaid Cymru, Dwyfor Meirionydd

Mabon ap Gwynfor has been a long-term health campaigner, and established the North Wales Health Alliance in 2021 to oppose the restructuring of health services.

He is really a dad-of-four who has previously been a town councillor and it is grandson of Plaid Cymru's first MP and former president Gwynfor Evans.

Natasha Asghar – Conservative, South Wales East

Ms Asghar is the daughter from the late Welsh Conservative MS for South Wales East Mohammad Asghar. She previously worked for her father at his regional office in Newport and she also had a career as a TV presenter.

She may be the first woman from an ethnic minority background to become elected towards the Senedd because it was made in 1999.

Cefin Campbell – Plaid Cymru, Mid and West Wales

A county councillor since 2012, Mr Campbell lives with his family within the Tywi Valley.

He runs his own business which has advised a number of Wales' foremost public bodies including Welsh Government, numerous local authorities, universities, health boards and S4C.

Gareth Davies – Conservative, Vale of Clwyd

Gareth Davies, 32, lives in Prestatyn and is a town and county councillor. He's a physiotherapist for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board.

The Conservative candidate got 5% a lot of vote for the party compared to 2021.

Labour's Ann Jones had didn't stand again, so he was battling Labour's Jason McLellan who came 366 votes behind.

Speaking after his victory, Gareth Davies, new MS for Vale of Clwyd: "It's been a bit of a rollercoaster, the election day and the count, it's a precarious role, politics. I'm glad we got within the line and I'm happy to get the chance to represent my home constituency within the Vale of Clwyd.

"It provides me more determination to operate harder and prove myself to the Vale of Clwyd over the next five years".

Mr Davies, 32, said he would be a "small boy" once the Senedd was established in 1999 but has become delighted to get the chance to perform the "best I can".

Jane Dodds – Lib Dem, Mid and West Wales

Jane Dodds, 57, who was very briefly the MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, has returned to elected office, and kept Lib Dem hopes alive. Ms Dodds won the Brecon seat in August 2021 in a by-election only to lose it four months later.

She has represented the party a number of times over the UK and has also worked as a social worker.

James Evans – Conservative, Brecon and Radnorshire

Conservative James Evans won the Senedd seat of Brecon and Radnorshire, replacing Kirsty Williams who had represented the seat since 1999, had chosen not to are a symbol of re-election.

He has lived in Brecon and Radnorshire all his life and comes from a farming family and is involved with the household business selling local produce based in Bwlch.

I like going to the gym, playing sport, and walking in our fantastic countryside with my spouse Rachel and our dog Daisy.

He has been a councillor for Gwernyfed ward along with a former cabinet member with Powys County Council.

Luke Fletcher – Plaid Cymru, South Wales West

Luke Fletcher represented Ogmore within the General Election in 2021, giving him a good run up to this Senedd election.

He is 25, was born in Pencoed, and went to Cardiff University for his degree and masters degree and worked in a bar in the hospitality sector just for shy of five years before becoming an economy and finance researcher..

Peter Fox – Conservative, Monmouth

The leader of Monmouthshire council for 13 years he is married to Joanne and they've four developed children and 7 grandchildren. He's a livestock farmer and past dairy farmer who has lived in Monmouthshire for 40 years.

Heledd Fychan – Plaid Cymru, South Wales Central

Aged 40, Ms Fychan resides in Pontypridd together with her husband and seven-year-old son.

Originally from Anglesey, she studied at Trinity College Dublin before moving to London to dedicate yourself the Plaid Cymru group at Westminster.

Since 2009 she has helped a cultural organisation in Wales and was subsequently elected to the board of the Museums Association. In May 2021 she was elected to represent Pontypridd Town ward on Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council and Pontypridd Town Council.

Tom Giffard – Conservative, South Wales West

Tom Giffard is leader of the Conservative group on Bridgend council. His Linkedin profile says he's additionally a campaign manager for that Conservative party and former Domino's employee.

Peredur Owen Gruffydd – Plaid Cymru, South Wales East

The son of a minister he grew up in many places including Carmarthenshire, Ynys Mn, Vale of Clwyd and Flintshire.

He began his career within the financial sector, first as a bank manager for Santander before moving on to Principality Building Society, then dealing with Christian Aid, the Board of Directors for Displaced Individuals Action, a charity working to place refugees, and lastly to Cytn: Churches together in Wales.

He unsuccessfully stood as a candidate in Blaenau Gwent in 2021.

Joel James – Conservative, South Wales Central

Joel James is really a councillor around the Llantwit Fardre ward on RCT council and leader of the Welsh Conservative group around the council. His LinkedIn page says he has previously worked in Westminster and Cardiff Bay as a caseworker as well as an "advisor administrator" for any financial adviser. He also studied at Cardiff University and also the University of Bristol, according to his profile.

Samuel Kurtz – Conservative, Carmarthen West

Mr Kurtz, a county councillor, was born in Haverfordwest and was raised around the family farm.

He visited local schools before studying politics at university in Bristol. Mr Kurtz, a Welsh speaker, moved home to be a reporter for local newspapers prior to being elected like a councillor in 2021. He is a cricket and rugby player and it is vice-chairman of Pembrokeshire Young Farmers' Club.

Sarah Murphy – Labour, Bridgend

A former Labour party staffer, Ms Murphy replaces Carwyn Jones as MS for Bridgend. She resides in the constituency together with her partner Alex.

She is a university data researcher whose dad, Jim, was a teacher who went to Archbishop McGrath Secondary School and mam, is a social worker in the Rhondda Valleys.

Carolyn Thomas – Labour, North Wales

A married mum-of-three, she's deputy leader of Flintshire council. She's also a person in North Wales regional groups relating to the environment and transport and am a member of the Welsh Local Government Association.

Sam Rowlands – Conservative, North Wales

Sam Rowlands is a county councillor on Conwy council, where he is leader of the council. He is a married father who's trustee of Gwrych Castle and Festival Church.

Buffy Williams – Labour, Rhondda

Mrs Williams, from Williamstown is really a well-known figure in the city having setup Canolfan Pentre.

She did in the third sector for 25 years, and launched her very own charity in 2021 to assist the neighborhood community. She has also been actively involved with major campaigns within the Rhondda, including saving the neighborhood A&E within the Royal Glamorgan, and helping in response towards the floods caused by Storm Dennis.

Sioned Williams – Plaid Cymru, South Wales West

Sioned Williams is a former BBC journalist who went on to work at Swansea University organising public events and community courses on Welsh history, culture and literature.