South East Wales

Lib Dems and Plaid pick Cardiff South and Penarth hopefuls

Dr Bablin Molik and Luke Nicholas
Image caption Dr Bablin Molik (Lib Dem) and Luke Nicholas (Plaid) will stand in the by-election

The Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru have chosen their candidates for the Cardiff South and Penarth by-election.

The Lib Dems were the first of the four main parties to select a candidate, followed by Plaid.

Labour has a shortlist of five potential candidates and the Conservatives' selection process is underway.

Labour MP Alun Michael is standing down in a bid to become south Wales' first elected police commissioner.

Dr Bablin Molik - a researcher at Cardiff University who lives in the Splott area of the city with her husband and two children - said she was "honoured" to be chosen to stand for the Lib Dems.

Plaid Cymru candidate Luke Nicholas is a researcher for the party's assembly group who lives in Grangetown, Cardiff.

Labour won the seat with a majority of more than 4,700 over the Conservatives at the 2010 general election.

A date for the by-election has not been set.

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