Rhys Taylor is the Liberal Democrat candidate for Cardiff North.
I grew up in Pontypridd before going to Bangor University and then moved to Cardiff which I have now made my home.
I got involved with politics to fight for equality and social justice and my outlook is shaped by my upbringing and the community I grew up in.
My father was a miner and came from a family of five where my grandmother, the sole earner, worked as a dinner lady in the local primary school. My mother was one of three growing up in the Rhondda. They knew that if they worked hard and played by the rules, they could expect a good life. Sadly for many in Cardiff and across the UK that is no longer true, and people feel let down.
I never saw myself standing for Parliament – but like most people, I’m fed up with our politics. I don’t believe that this is as good as it can get.
Our country needs a fresh start.
We need to rebuild our economy so it works for everyone and gives everyone a good wage that can afford a decent standard of living. I want to tackle the climate emergency head on, creating new jobs, eradicating fuel poverty and reversing global warming. I want to create a more inclusive society where everyone is free to be who they want to be. I want to fix our broken politics and give people a real choice at the ballot box.
I have worked in the charity sector since 2013 fighting to get the best deal for students, patients living with lung disease, and communities. I now work in the homelessness sector in Wales, making the case for the changes we need to see to end homelessness for good.
Since being elected to Cardiff Council for the Gabalfa ward, I’ve been campaigning for a better deal for Cardiff; from improving air quality, supporting our local businesses, improving education outcomes for the most disadvantaged, tackling the climate emergency and more.
My commitment in this election is;
- Stop Brexit and invest the extra £50bn of economic growth from remaining in the EU in our public services;
- Tackle the climate emergency head on and reverse global warming;
- Work to improve public transport and tackle congestion in our communities.