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Senedd21: Plaid Cymru | Mid and West Wales Region

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PLAID CYMRU CANDIDATES –
MID AND WEST WALES REGION

1. Cefin Capmpbell

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

In the context of Mid and West Wales my priority would be to develop a wide-ranging strategy for regenerating our rural communities – economically, socially, environmentally and culturally, improve broadband provision and deal with the second homes crisis that in many areas is having a damaging effect on the availability of affordable homes for local people.

On a wider level the Senedd needs to intensify the integration of social care and health, tackle child poverty and create an ambitious green energy programme.

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

In addition to listening to the needs of constituents and acting on their behalf I would like to be a champion for rural communities and be a voice for those urban areas that face their own unique challenges as we face an uncertain future following Covid and Brexit and further cuts in public expenditure from Westminster Government.  

2. Helen Mary Jones

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

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I remember being so angry during the 1980’s that a Tory Government we didn’t vote for – the people of Wales have never elected a majority of Conservative politicians – was free to destroy our mining communities. Plaid is the natural home for someone with my beliefs – in equality and social justice and in the right of nations to govern themselves.

I was first elected to represent Llanelli in 1999 and I believe in this time of a pandemic we need someone with experience to provide stability in this time of uncertainty.  The focus on Welsh democracy has probably never been higher because of Coronavirus, perhaps even more so than in 1999 when I beat the odds to win the Llanelli seat.

If elected next May in Llanelli – as a Minister for the Economy I would want to focus on building back well, not just better,  we must ensure young people’s life chances aren’t too detrimentally affected by the downturn and ensure when we rebuild our economy we ensure we take in account the climate emergency that faces us as well as Coronavirus.

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

There are so many able and talented people in our communities, here in Llanelli and across Wales. Too often those talents are wasted, just struggling to get by. We need a new Welsh Government with Adam Price as First Minister to set free all that potential, ensuring good jobs available are for all, a government that’s ambitious and confident, that really believes in our nation and the communities we can be. We need to create wealth so we can share it, and invest in world class health, care and education services. After 20 years of Labour Government in Wales a third of our children are growing up in poor families. It doesn’t have to be like this. Plaid Cymru, working with people and communities across Wales, can change this. And we will.

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3. Elwyn Vaughan

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

It needs to focus on the Climate emergency as it affects us all and that means taking positive, clear action and leading the way by supporting the principles of Zero Carbon Britain and the work done by CAT (Centre for Alternative Technology).

I’d also like to see a greater focus on encouraging the development of Hydrogen production and technologies.

Zero carbon technologies and new zero carbon producing economic opportunities are at the heart of the post Covid economic renewal.

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

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Rather than being seen as a gap between North and South, I’ll ensure that both the constituency and the region will be like a Celtic knot tying the rest of Wales together. That means raising its profile, focusing on its economy and pressing for the establishment of a rural enterprise agency. I’d also like the establishment of the equivalent of the New Zealand WRONZ – a wool research organisation to promote innovation and add value to wool; establish a facility to add value to beef in the area thus supporting our agricultural sector, and facilitate the establishment of an enterprise park similar to one in Andoain in Euskadi/Basque Country which has sustainability and sense of place at its heart.                       

4. Cris Tomos

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

Over the next five years, the Senedd should focus on issues relating to reducing poverty while offering opportunities for people to develop skills reach their full potential. People could be supported in setting up their own businesses and creating new social enterprises to fill the gaps in the provision of local services.

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

I will ensure that the people of Preseli Pembrokeshire can build on the great community and neighbourhood schemes that emerged during the Covid19 pandemic so that services are controlled and prioritised by local people. This will range from health and well-being services to economic and net carbon initiatives. Local communities will play a great role in social and economical developments.

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