THE Plaid Cymru candidate for Carmarthenshire will be launching her campaign for the forthcoming general election this week.

Cllr Ann Davies – who has represented the Llanddarog ward on Carmarthenshire County Council since 2017 – will be launching her campaign with an event tomorrow evening – Thursday, January 18 – in Tafarn Beca, Trelech.

Cllr Davies was born and bred in the county and was chosen as Plaid’s candidate for the new Carmarthenshire seat in November. Plaid describe her as a hardworking, approachable campaigner for her Llanddarog warn and for being a prominent voice in the campaign against the Towy Valley pylons.

Cllr Davies has a range of experience in the agriculture sector and has farmed in Llanarthne since 1992. She is also the joint owner of a local nursery and was a lecturer in early years learning at the University of Wales Trinity St David and previously worked as a peripatetic music teacher.

Cllr Davies said: “I will be a strong, experienced voice and will stand for fairness and ambition for Caerfyrddin. I was born and bred in this county – I understand the challenges facing our communities and I am looking forward to taking Plaid Cymru’s positive message to everyone in the constituency.

“There will be a fierce contest for this new seat, but I look forward to the challenge. I have been greatly encouraged by the warm reception I have received when speaking to people across the constituency, from Trelech in the west, to Llandovery in the east.

“People in Caerfyrddin are suffering from the economic mess created by the Tories in Westminster and fed up with Labour’s mismanagement in Cardiff. If people want a community champion that will always put their interests first – Plaid Cymru is ready to fight for you in Westminster.

“Gwynfor Evans first won Carmarthen in 1966 in a historic by-election. In 2024, we have a duty to work our socks off to ensure the seat is once again green on the political map. I am excited to officially kick off our campaign to deliver fairness for all the people of Caerfyrddin.”

Carmarthenshire was previously split to be covered by two MPs – with Carmarthen East and Dinefwr being the seat held by former Plaid Cymru-turned-independent MP Jonathan Edwards and Carmarthen West being included with South Pembrokeshire, with the seat currently held by Simon Hart. The recent re-drawing of the boundaries will see that Carmarthenshire will become one seat and represented by one MP as the number of MPs in Westminster representing Wales reduced from 40 to 32.

At the event in Trelech on Thursday, January 18, she will be joined by Ceredigion MS Elin Jones. This event will be followed by a similar one at Llandybie Hall, Llandybie on Thursday, January 25 where she will be joined by former MP and current House of Lords member Dafydd Wigley.