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Senedd21: Dr Dai Lloyd | Plaid Cymru | Swansea West

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DR DAI LLOYD
PLAID CYMRU CANDIDATE – SWANSEA WEST

1. Tell us about yourself:

I am married and have 3 grown up children. I was born in Tywyn, Gwynedd, and was raised on a family-run farm near Lampeter. I have lived in Swansea for nearly 40 years, working as a GP in Ravenhill, Mayhill and Gowerton surgeries. This naturally led me to build up experience and knowledge in the fields of health and social care, but also gave me an opportunity to see first-hand some of the challenges and inequality facing our city.

The desire to help tackle these challenges led me to enter politics. I was elected to serve as a local Councillor in the Cockett ward of Swansea, before being elected to the inaugural National Assembly in 1999. My main political interests are health, social services, local government and culture. Outside of politics I am a keen supporter of Swansea City FC and Ospreys rugby.

2. What is the most important thing you think the Senedd should do in the next five years?

The biggest threat facing Wales at the moment is the attack on Welsh democracy itself. We cannot expect the Senedd to get to grips with key challenges around climate change, economic development and social justice unless we have the necessary powers. 

The Senedd needs to legislate and provide a route map for Wales to become an independent state – with political, economic and judicial powers held fully by the Senedd, with Wales free to choose its own course, as opposed to being tied to a reckless Tory Government in London.

3. What will you do for your constituency/region if elected?

I am committed to making sure that Swansea is developed as a true regional capital for South West Wales. I will push for Swansea to become a regional centre of excellence, and for job creation in areas such as renewable energy – built around a viable Tidal Lagoon, and medical research – in addition to pushing for development of the foundational economy in the city. I will also campaign for investment in public transport and for the delivery of a regional Metro system linking all parts of the city – reopening old stations and railway lines.  

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