Hello! My name's Delyth Jewell and I'm your Plaid Cymru candidate for the constituency of Caerphilly.
I know that many people want to know a little about their candidates before deciding on how to cast their vote, so here you'll find information about who I am and why I decided to stand in this election.
I’ve got deep roots in the Caerphilly area and am proud to call it my home. I was born in Caerphilly and grew up in Ystrad Mynach, where I attended Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Allta.
After this I attended Cwm Rhymni school in Bargoed. The experiences I’ve had in the valleys, and the kindness of its people, have shaped me and my outlook on life. After receiving my A Levels, I studied English in St Hugh’s College, Oxford (where I was president of the Welsh society Cymdeithas Dafydd ap Gwilym), and went on to do a Masters in Celtic Studies.
Working in Westminster
After graduating, I went to work in Westminster for Plaid Cymru where I was a speech writer for Elfyn Llwyd and Dafydd Wigley, and during my time there I helped secure laws on stalking and coercive control through coordinating cross-party campaigns. In 2014, I was honoured to be awarded the prize of ‘Overall Researcher of the Year’ in the DODS Researcher of the Year Awards as a result of my cross-party campaign work. Below is a picture of me receiving the award alongside the Speaker, John Bercow, and my good friend Dafydd Wigley.
Giving a Voice to the Voiceless
In 2015, I moved back to Wales and started working for Citizens Advice in Cardiff, where I learned first-hand about the best ways to help people with their problems – problems that were so often caused by the cruel austerity policies of the Tories. I later worked for Action Aid, an international human rights organisation, where I worked with partners in Ghana, Kenya, Jordan and Nepal to challenge structures that keep poor people poor.
The thread running through the experiences I had in my career before taking my seat in the Senedd is that I’ve sought out ways to help improve people’s lives, and to give a voice to the people who need it most. These are principles that I hold dear to my heart, and which guide me in everything I would do as your Member of the Senedd. For information about the work I've been doing since being elected to the Senedd, click here.