Meet the deputy leadership election candidates

With hustings planned throughout March and early April, you have plenty of opportunities to question the candidates on issues important to you. In the mean time, find out more information on both candiates here.


Campaign address: GMB Union, 17 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0TB

Campaign phone number: 07707 544 489

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Twitter: @carolyn4deputy

Facebook: /Carolyn4Deputy

Biography: Carolyn Harris was born and raised in Swansea. She began her working life aged 16 at the DVLA, followed by jobs as a dinner lady, barmaid and in a school for children with special needs. After university in her 30s, she worked for charities and in local politics.

Ever the campaigner, in under 3 years as an MP Carolyn has proved herself a champion for change, winning victories on a children’s funeral fund and leading national campaigns on gambling reform, pension justice for women and home appliance safety. Carolyn has also loyally served on Labour’s frontbench team since 2015.


Campaign address: 13 Llangranog Road, Llanishen, Cardiff

Campaign phone number: 02921 158 656

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Twitter: @Julie4Deputy

Facebook: /Julie4DeputyLeader

Biography: Julie has lived in or around Cardiff all her life, apart from attending London and Manchester Universities. She qualified as a social worker, and worked in child protection in Cardiff and with young people in Swansea.

She was a Cardiff Councillor for 12 years, an MP for 13 years and now an Assembly Member for over 6 years, elected with the largest number of Labour votes in Wales.

Julie is a champion of equality and human rights, being a founder member of the Welsh Refugee Council and a trustee of Life for African Mothers. Julie is a life-long trade unionist and Vice President of City Hospice.

Mae Julie wedi treulio ei holl fywyd yng Nghaerdydd a'r cyffiniau, oni bai am gyfnod ym Mrifysgolion Llundain a Manceinion. Cymhwysodd fel gweithiwr cymdeithasol, a bu'n gweithio ym maes diogelu plant yng Nghaerdydd a chyda phobl ifanc yn Abertawe.

Bu'n Gynghorydd Caerdydd am 12 mlynedd, AS am 13 mlynedd ac yn awr yn AC ers dros 6 mlynedd. Fe'i hetholwyd gyda'r nifer uchaf o bleidleisiau Llafur yng Nghymru.

Mae Julie yn ymgyrchydd dros gydraddoldeb a hawliau dynol. Mae’n un o sylfaenwyr Cyngor Ffoaduriaid Cymru ac yn ymddiriedolwyr i’r elusen Bywyd i Famau Affricanaidd. Mae Julie yn undebwr llafur gydol oes ac yn Is-lywydd Hosbis y Ddinas.

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