Matt Hemsley




Read our Q&A with Matt


I’m a passionate and committed campaigner who was out on the streets last June campaigning for Remain in the EU Referendum. While that referendum was lost, I believe good government depends on effective opposition and the Prime Minister should not get a blank cheque to deliver Brexit.

I am 32-years-old, born in Jersey, I grew up in Dorset before heading to Aberystwyth where I studied International Relations at university. I spent some time in Bath, working also in Bristol, before work brought me to Cardiff in 2013.

Like many young people I am still renting, meaning that I have lived in various parts of the city, picking up a flavour of a number of different communities. However, I am passionate about fixing our broken housing market that is now making it almost impossible for many young people to buy a home.

I have mainly worked within the third sector and currently work for an International NGO that works to tackle poverty at home and abroad. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to campaign for Britain and Wales to welcome more refugees. Refugees I have met in the UK and elsewhere are such amazing people who have been through experiences we can barely even imagine.

Before that I worked for an organisation that looks to improve our transport system by making walking, cycling and public transport use an everyday choice. Air quality is now a big issue, and reducing car us is now more important than ever, but we need to give people the options.

I have stood for Council in Bath and also in Canton (where I first lived in Cardiff), but this is my first attempt at standing for Parliament. I am a big sports fan – and in Cardiff particularly enjoy watching Glamorgan cricket and the Cardiff Devils ice hockey team, as well as our more local football teams. I also enjoy reading, although with so many elections that seems to have taken a back seat for the moment!