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Candidate Comments – Gary Oldfield

 Gary

General

Question 1 – Why are you standing for Cardiff North?

As a father of two, I am very familiar with the issues confronting ordinary families. I’m a long standing Cardiff resident and I am very much on the side of local communities and hard-working people in Cardiff North.

Question 2 – What personal qualities do you have that would make you a good MP?

I’m a self employed businessman with a wealth of life experience and work hard to provide for my family. I would bring that same determination and commitment to the people of Cardiff North if elected as their MP.

Question 3 – When did you join your party and why?

I joined UKIP two years ago because the main two parties are forever arguing, don’t deliver, and cannot keep their promises. That is why I joined UKIP, because UKIP is the only Party that provides a real voice for change.

National Issues

Question 4 – What pledges in your manifesto would you change?

UKIP has put forward an excellent manifesto both nationally and here in Wales which I’m happy to support. UKIP is a democratic party and, like all parties, some people will disagree, but personally I’m happy with what we’re proposing. If anything, I’d like to see us go further on some of our stretching targets around things like delivering affordable homes.

Question 5 – Where do you stand on brexit and how do you think the process will affect Cardiff North?

Whatever happens on June 8th, Theresa May will be negotiating Brexit after the election. We need to ensure that she gets us the Brexit that the Leave voters wanted. This means tight controls for immigration, and a sovereign UK outside the jurisdiction of the European Courts. There’s a bright future for Cardiff North after Brexit and UKIP will hold the Government’s feet to the firer to ensure they deliver.

Question 6 – What national issues would you like to get involved in and why?

The NHS is important to all of us. We’d pay for more spending on the NHS by cutting the foreign aid budget. Under UKIP’s plan we’d still give 0.2% of GDP to foreign aid (about the same as Obama did in the USA) but scrap the unrealistic 0.7% target. We’d save another £2 billion per year by ensuring that everyone coming to the UK has medical insurance and ending health tourism.

Local Issues

Question 7 – What local issues will you prioritise?

One of the major issues affecting people in Cardiff North is the difficulty in commuting into Cardiff on a daily basis. Traffic gridlock, particularly on Manor Way and Caerphilly Road causes delays and frustration for workers and those on the school run. We need to tackle this, and also provide better public transport links, ensuring that Cardiff North gains the full benefit of the South Wales Metro.

Question 8 – For local issues that aren’t an MP’s direct responsibility, how will you make a difference?

MPs provide an important voice for local people and are able to influence decision makers at other levels of Government on a wide range of issues. Listening to the views of constituents is a crucial part of the role, as well as acting on their concerns.

Question 9 – What will you do to ensure you’re a visible MP?

I’ll ensure that I hold regular surgeries throughout the constituency, as well as keeping up an active social media presence and issuing a regular newsletter so people can keep up to date with my work.

Miscellaneous

Question 10 – What’s the most difficult question you’ve been asked during the campaign and how did you reply?

I was asked why people should trust politicians because, the questioner said, they always lie! Well, we want to change the democratic system so that you have the right to recall your MP if they’re doing a bad job and force another election. We’re the turkeys voting for Christmas (just like we were in the European Parliament when we supported Brexit). Why? Because we’re not in it for ourselves but for the good of the country.

Question 11 – What would you say to someone who isn’t planning on voting?

This is probably the most important election in a generation. We have to hold the Conservatives’ feet to the fire on Brexit and we can’t risk either a huge Tory majority or the shambles of a Labour Government. Whatever you do on June 8th, please set aside just a few minutes of your time to go and vote, and of course if you decide to vote for UKIP, you’ll be voting for real change.

Question 12 – What’s your favourite biscuit?

Chocolate Digestive

Candidate Comments – Anna McMorrin

Anna

General

Question 1 – Why are you standing for Cardiff North?

I’m standing in Cardiff North because this was my home for 15 years and where I’ve raised my children.

I’m standing in Cardiff North because people here want an MP who will represent their views & how they feel, an MP that will listen & be their voice in Westminster. For the last 2 years, this has not been the case when time and time again Craig Williams has voted with the whip against the wishes of his constituents on a range of topics such as the Dubs Amendement, taking £30 a week from disabled people and voting for the triggering of Article 50 when Cardiff voted to remain.

I’m standing because I believe in fairness and an equal society, I don’t see this reflected in the policies that the Tories have enacted that have served to widen the gap between richest and poorest in our society.

I believe I have enthusiasm – an enthusiasm for projects and work that I know will change the lives of people in Cardiff North.

Question 2 – What personal qualities do you have that would make you a good MP?

I am confident that I am a good listener and communicator – I think it’s vitally important that our constituents are being listened to and are consulted with & fed back to lately.

I feel I am approachable to people – residents should be able to get in touch me with in a variety of ways and feel that I am contactable be it online, in the constituency office or at regular Surgeries.

I believe in co-operative working, I’m not here for myself – I’m here for you & we achieve more if we work together.

Question 3 – When did you join your party and why?

I joined the Labour Party in the 90s. I joined the Labour Party because of the poverty and inequality I saw as a child and that disfigures our communities. I grew up in Thatcher’s Wales – with our communities attacked and people unable to make ends meet. We still see that legacy today. But we are facing something much worse. A Tory Government that cares nothing for our public services, for our communities or for Wales. I believe we need a voice in politics that speaks for the many and not the few and that represents you.

National Issues

Question 4 – What pledges in your manifesto would you change?

That is a very good question!

Having thought about it – I don’t think I would change any of our manifesto pledges – how can I argue against more police officers in this climate? We desperately need them on our streets.

We need more sustainable houses, we need secure employment for our workforce.

Welsh Labour have listened to the people of Wales & have created a manifesto around what we know we can deliver.

Question 5 – Where do you stand on brexit and how do you think the process will affect Cardiff North?

I was a passionate Remainer – I still am. I campaigned & voted for Remain.

I accept the democratic result was reached and it was not the one I would’ve hoped for. I know this is the same for the majority of people in Cardiff North.

I think that voting for the triggering of Article 50 was wrong, I think voting against securing post Brexit funding for Wales was wrong.

I am concerned that we’re hurtling towards a Brexit that will absolutely backfire for us econcomically and for our worldwide relationships.

I think Wales is being ignored in the Brexit Talks – Welsh Labour together with Plaid Cymru put together a white paper on Brexit for Wales & this had been ignored by the Tories.

Question 6 – What national issues would you like to get involved in and why?

I am passionate about the environment and this is reflected in my career.

I am a passionate supporter of equality at all intersections and believe we must do more to protect the most vulnerable in our communities.

Local Issues

Question 7 – What local issues will you prioritise?

I would like to work with our Assembly Members & councillors on the issues that affect Cardiff North.

Julie Morgan AM has done fantastic work on the Llanishen resevoir & I would like to work with her to continue this good work.

I would like to see Cardiff become a city with a sustainable cycling plan to take pressure off our roads.

I want to ensure that we’re taking children out of poverty.

Question 8 – For local issues that aren’t an MP’s direct responsibility, how will you make a difference?

I would work with our local councillors, not against them.

I want to work closely with Julie Morgan – share ideas and ensure that we’re working collaboratively for the betterment of our constituency.

Question 9 – What will you do to ensure you’re a visible MP?

Have regular surgeries that are spread across the constituency, at various days and times to ensure that they’re convenient for residents.

Strong presence on the high street so people feel welcome to pop by.

Regular updates online and with letters to residents.

Miscellaneous

Question 10 – What’s the most difficult question you’ve been asked during the campaign and how did you reply?

I think it’s been a learning curve to stand on a platform and defend your beliefs & ideas – ensuring that you know why you believe what you believe in and that you can coherently defend them when pressed.

Question 11 – What would you say to someone who isn’t planning on voting?

I would say you can’t make a change if you don’t use your voice.

You can’t complain about the process if you’re not involved in the process.

I believe that politics is about coming together & sharing your ideas, pragmatism, compromise – we should pull in the same direction to achieve the society we want to see that delivers for the many, not just the few.

That I’m sorry you feel disenfranchised from the system and I want to listen to what I can do to help you benefit from it.

Question 12 – What’s your favourite biscuit?

Custard cream!

Update: Question 3 has been updated on request of the candidate.

Candidate Comments – Craig Williams

Craig

General

Question 1 – Why are you standing for Cardiff North?

I’m standing for re-election as your Member of Parliament to continue to deliver economic growth, fair funding for Wales, the Cardiff City deal, record levels of employment and to abolish the Seven Bridge Tolls.

Question 2 – What personal qualities do you have that would make you a good MP?

I’m accessible, local and a quick study! Hopefully the people of Cardiff North have tested my qualities to date but living and raising a family in Cardiff gives me a good grounding in the seat.

Question 3 – When did you join your party and why?

I joined the Conservative party a decade ago, it was about delivering for people and not keeping people down. It’s about creating opportunities for everyone, through economic growth and sustainable infrastructure – investment in our roads, rail and transport.

National Issues

Question 4 – What pledges in your manifesto would you change?

We’re a broad church in the Conservative Party and on balance our Manifesto will deliver for the UK, without bankrupting the country – politics is about compromise.

Question 5 – Where do you stand on brexit and how do you think the process will affect Cardiff North?

Voted and campaigned to Remain, however, I clearly accept the result of the UK referendum and know it is important that we get the strong possible deal with the EU and other global partners around the world. There are huge opportunities for Cardiff North in our new relationships, but it will take strong leadership to get the deal that works for Cardiff, Wales and the UK.

Question 6 – What national issues would you like to get involved in and why?

Empowering local and regional economies. One size never fits all and it’s hugely important to champion local solutions, through the City Deal process we are seeing huge investment in these local projects and vision. I want to continue true devolution / localism by empowering our City through powers and investment.

Local Issues

Question 7 – What local issues will you prioritise?

Delivering transport infrastructure is the key priority, in line with protecting our overdevelopment of our green open spaces.

Question 8 – For local issues that aren’t an MP’s direct responsibility, how will you make a difference?

During my time as your MP, we have always taken up any issues be it Council, Welsh Assembly or indeed EU issue. We have had successes on dealing with local issues and while so many of the day to day public services are not the responsibility of the Westminster Government, I believe it’s important to represent people.

Question 9 – What will you do to ensure you’re a visible MP?

Continue to hold weekly skype and appointment surgeries, every two weeks public surgeries, remain on social media and of course keep my street surgeries going.

Miscellaneous

Question 10 – What’s the most difficult question you’ve been asked during the campaign and how did you reply?

Questions that relate to devolved functions, clearly MP’s have no direct control over the NHS, Education, Local Government and other devolved areas but we have to represent the views of constituents.  

Question 11 – What would you say to someone who isn’t planning on voting?

This is one of the most important elections for a generation, make sure your voice is heard.

Question 12 – What’s your favourite biscuit?

Chocolate Hobnob

Candidate Comments – Matt Hemsley

Matt

General

Question 1 – Why are you standing for Cardiff North?

Over the last two years politics seems to have become darker, about finding someone to blame for our problems or a group to scapegoat. I believe we can have a positive future ahead of us, and I’m standing for Cardiff North to offer that positive vision to people here.

Question 2 – What personal qualities do you have that would make you a good MP?

Part of being a good MP is knowing that you don’t have all the answers – and knowing that many of your constituents know more about their community or a certain policy area than you do. I like to think I’m a good listener and willing to take on board different points of view before making a decision.

Question 3 – When did you join your party and why?

I joined in 2007, and it was really first and foremost the then Labour Government’s relentless attacks on our civil liberties and personal freedoms that led to me wanting to become a more active liberal. Remember them trying to introduce ID Cards?! That fight still continues, because both the Tories and Labour recently voted to snoop on all of our e-mails and store all our internet history for a year. It’s just not on. I was also passionate about the environment and tackling climate change, which impacts on the poorest communities around the world.

National Issues

Question 4 – What pledges in your manifesto would you change?

Some in my party won’t like me for saying this, but I think the Pensions Triple Lock needs to go. I’m 32. We’ve an ageing population and we’ve some difficult decisions ahead about how we structure public spending to meet the clear need there will be in pensions, health and social care. But pensioner poverty has fallen significantly, and pensions are now rising way above the rate people are earning. We need a fair deal for pensioners, of course, but I think the Triple Lock should be looked at again.

Question 5 – Where do you stand on brexit and how do you think the process will affect Cardiff North?

I am an internationalist and an optimist and I hope that Britain can find a way to Remain in the EU. One of the most disappointing aspects of politics over the last few months is how Labour and Plaid have totally given up the fight on this. Labour have abandoned the fight for free movement to work and study and the Plaid manifesto doesn’t mention the Single Market at all, yet so many Welsh businesses rely on it to sell goods to so many people, which creates jobs here in Cardiff. I think Brexit will worsen our public finances, which means a risk of less money for the NHS and our schools, and our university sector – which employs many people in Cardiff – is going to lose out. I’ll fight as hard as I can for Britain’s place at the heart of Europe. And I’m the only Cardiff North candidate who will be doing so.

Question 6 – What national issues would you like to get involved in and why?

There are so many. But at the moment the world is seeing its worst migration crisis since the second world war. People are fleeing war, persecution and climate change. I want to make sure that Britain remains an open and tolerant nation and steps up to help those in huge need, by continuing our commitment on aid and also by welcoming more refugees – setting an example that challenges other European nations to welcome more refugees, too.

Local Issues

Question 7 – What local issues will you prioritise?

Air pollution in our towns and cities is actually claiming lives, we’re seeing a rise in respiratory health issues such as asthma, for example. So improving public transport, cycling and walking is crucial to removing polluting vehicles from our towns and cities. I want to make sure Cardiff has a serious plan to reduce car use, which has to start by improving the public transport offer.

Question 8 – For local issues that aren’t an MP’s direct responsibility, how will you make a difference?

It’s about being willing to work with the Assembly Members in Cardiff (and across Wales) to challenge them and support them in those areas of policy. I am a passionate believer in devolution, so one of my primary jobs as an MP is to fight for that fair deal for Wales and get more powers to the Assembly.

Question 9 – What will you do to ensure you’re a visible MP?

I’ll deliver regular leaflets, keep knocking on doors, maintain an online presence, open an office in the constituency and hold surgeries in various locations across Cardiff North. I’m sure readers will have some ideas as to where I can hold them!

Miscellaneous

Question 10 – What’s the most difficult question you’ve been asked during the campaign and how did you reply?

People have asked why vote Liberal Democrat in this seat, a traditional Tory – Labour marginal. The clear answer is that we are the only party fighting for our place in Europe and for a positive future for Britain. We need to send a message to both the old parties that people think differently to them. UKIP barely won a seat, but with 15% of the vote they forced the Tories into offering the EU referendum and turned the Labour Party against immigration. Vote Liberal Democrat and we can start changing the terms of the debate back to ones about the open and tolerant Britain we want to see.

Question 11 – What would you say to someone who isn’t planning on voting?

That I’m sorry I’ve not yet been able to convince them that I’m voting yet and ask them why it is their planning not to vote. People have different reasons not to, and sometimes having that conversation about what interests them can make a difference. But I’d always leave encouraging people to cast their ballot. It does make a difference.

Question 12 – What’s your favourite biscuit?

I love a Garibaldi. Both the biscuit, and the Italian revolutionary!

Candidate Comments – Steffan Webb

Steffan

General

Question 1 – Why are you standing for Cardiff North?

To make a difference and offer a real alternative to the tired British London based parties.

Question 2 – What personal qualities do you have that would make you a good MP?

Hard working, honest person who tries to listen, learn and make relevant improvments

Question 3 – When did you join your party and why?

Very recently, 2015, because of constant Labour support for austerity and excellent alternative provided by Leanne Wood with Plaid Cymru

National Issues

Question 4 – What pledges in your manifesto would you change?

I am quite happy with the 2017 Plaid Cymru action plan

Question 5 – Where do you stand on brexit and how do you think the process will affect Cardiff North?

Voted remain but accept the decision and will work for a positive post Brexit plan. Our economy, education system, workers rights and even our democracy could be in danger and will need to be defended during the Brexit process. All of these issues will affect Cardiff North. We will need to work to make it a success but it may be the opportunity that people have voted for.

Question 6 – What national issues would you like to get involved in and why?

Health because our policy of 1,000 new doctors and 5,000 new nurses is a great start, even though this is a devolved issue. Prevention is also better than trying to make good later and I do like the efforts of the Big Issue so homelessness and literacy are issues I would like to work on. A green economy and sustainable transport answers also appeals as does international development. Devolution of issues such as broadcasting and policing would also appeal.

Local Issues

Question 7 – What local issues will you prioritise?

Transport and planning with the city deal, electric trains and local housing / Velindre hospital development being issues needing attention. Local businesses and community groups need support.

Question 8 – For local issues that aren’t an MP’s direct responsibility, how will you make a difference?

Financial and devolution settlements will provide a direct link but other matters can be influenced by partnership working with International, Assembly and local authority partners and even helping community, business and specific issue groups to access support wherever possible

Question 9 – What will you do to ensure you’re a visible MP?

I do like social media. I also like talking with and listening to people face to face so I would make time for people. I would also provide a welcome for people in Westminster. Regular feedback would be provided and constituents would be consulted as often as possible.

Miscellaneous

Question 10 – What’s the most difficult question you’ve been asked during the campaign and how did you reply?

Individual rights questions are difficult when one persons beliefs impact on someone else’s life. You can’t please all the people all the time so you have to do what you think is right if you can.

Question 11 – What would you say to someone who isn’t planning on voting?

Please think again. Every vote counts on a policy level and an individual level. Vote for what feels right to you. Vote for whoever you think is the best person, party or even party leader. Its your choice now. You can choose something else in the future. Vote for what you want.

Question 12 – What’s your favourite biscuit?

Digestive

Mike Phillips: Conservatives – Whitchurch and Tongwynlais

We’ve invited all the local election candidates to complete this questionnaire so you know more about the people asking for your vote on the 4th of May. We’re also compiling a list of their websites and social media accounts so you can follow them and get in touch if you have any questions.


Mike Phillips

Name – Mike Phillips
Party – Conservatives
Ward – Whitchurch and Tongwynlais
Website – wandt2017.wales
Twitter  – @MikeP_WandT2017
Facebook – whitchurchandtongwynlais2017
How can people get in touch with you? – intouch@wandt2017.wales.

About You

Tell us about yourself

I live with my wife and two daughters in Whitchurch and my business is also based in the village.

Living and working in the ward I have great interest in maintaining and improving the facilities and enjoyment of the area. Although I grew up in Porthcawl I have long links to Whitchurch; my father originally undertook his apprenticeship at Edgefield Engineering on Norman Road in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, my grandmother used to work a little shop out of the back of The Plough and the village has been my home for almost 20 years.

This is the first time I have stood as a candidate in council elections although I have however been active in the local community for many years. In particular I worked with the school community for a few years before becoming a parent governor of Whitchurch Primary School in 2012, then a local authority appointed governor in 2016.

I have also been involved with the Whitchurch & Tongwynlais Festival including hosting the schools concert and I’m working with the committee to help make the 2017 another great success. I like cycling up hills and ride out with the Caerphilly Cycle Club, which usually starts with a climb up through Tongwynlais to get over Caerphilly mountain, have supported Cardiff City all my life and enjoy spending as much time with my family.

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

Our recent online survey showed that the things we notice most of the time are the things that everyone else does too. Congestion is a massive issue for most people, which affects how we get our children to school, travel to our work and generally get about. Our parks and green spaces are really well used and need improving in many cases and maintaining over time.

We need to find a way to help our area, and others across Cardiff, to keep their character and culture and not just become the outer part of a busy, growing city or a thoroughfare to pass through either end of the day.

This ranges from how we manage our service like waste and street cleansing to how we take an holistic view of development of all kinds and their impact on roads, schools, the high street and everyday lives.

We need to look after out local issues in the context of a growing and vibrant, exciting city.

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

So many great spaces but it’s easy to choose one. Anywhere alongside the Taff; it’s beautiful, green, the views move from hills in the north of the city to green spaces, the city and the bay. All walks of life can be seen enjoying it, I loved teaching my children to ride their bikes along the trail and the cafes along side it in Bute Park are a superb place to relax and watch life meandering.

What do you think should be done to improve engagement in politics?

It should be easy and anyone who has had a lesson in customer service knows the answer. Listen, be courteous and deliver what you promise. In our case as potential councillors that means representing everyone equally, fairness and reliably supporting our residents.

If we get that right and regularly communicate to the electorate, show them how we are listening and working for them and the results that are being achieved we may be able to get interest in local politics.

What’s your favourite film?

I’d like to say Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, aged seven I was hooked on the trilogy from the start. However re-watching the old Disney classics with my children has strangely put A Sound of Music at the top of my list.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

We have to listen to what our residents are saying so looking at the use of and condition of roads and pavements, making the place cleaner and make it more pleasant to move around and enjoy has to be high on priorities. We can do a lot to properly join up the active transport network over time too.

I’m also keen to look at how we can improve our schools. There is pressure on them all, running at capacity and yet with more housing planned for the ward. It is essential that we do all we can to help raise standards across the board.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

We will communicate frequently using a mix of face-to-face meetings, leaflet updates, via our website and social media pages. As we live and work in the ward we will also have a lot of everyday opportunities to speak to people.

What issues that affect the whole city would you like to get involved in?

We have some cultural aspects that we need to preserve. On the doorstep one voter noted the old lantern on the entrance pillars to Whitchurch Hospital. One pillar has been knocked down and the intern lays damaged otter side. A small thing maybe but important to many.

The current Save Womanby Street campaign is a good example of where we need to ensure technically correct planning developments don’t adversely affect something that makes Cardiff an interesting city to be in.

Bigger issues are education, business development and transport.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

It’s already a great city so we just need to change our focus a bit. We must continue projects that bring jobs and growth and improve the value of investing here but we need to include how the current residents live and interact in these plans so that more people perceive an improvement in their lives in Cardiff.

Any final comments?

Canvassing has been enjoyable and it’s been interesting to learn some of the common and specific issues people have. What has come across loud and clear is the interest in the communities of Whitchurch and Tongwynlais and the respect that hard working councillors have earned in the past. I’m lucky to be standing in my first election with some of those respected people who are looking to be re-elected to roles they held before. If we all get in we’ll have a great team.

Marc Palmer: Labour – Whitchurch and Tongwynlais

We’ve invited all the local election candidates to complete this questionnaire so you know more about the people asking for your vote on the 4th of May. We’re also compiling a list of their websites and social media accounts so you can follow them and get in touch if you have any questions.


Marc Palmer

Name – Marc Palmer
Party – Labour
Ward – Whitchurch and Tongwynlais
Website
Twitter  – @MarcPalmer75
Facebook – WhitchurchandTongwynlaisLabourNews
How can people get in touch with you? – wtlabour2017@gmail.com.

About You

Tell us about yourself

My name is Marc Palmer and I’m one of four Labour Candidates standing for election in Whitchurch and Tongwynlais.

I have deep roots in this ward. I grew up in Whitchurch and lived there for 30 years and went to the local High School. Most of my family and friends still live in Whitchurch and it’s a place that will always be close to my heart. I run my own business which, for the last 6 years has been located in a prominent position in Tongwynlais High Street.

I am passionate about the local community in which I live and work. I am a strong believer in giving something back. I can often be seen initiating and contributing to litter picking events, planting flowers, building paths, installing benches in the community.

I now want to make more of a difference and have more influence in shaping the community in which we live and the services from which we benefit.

I will ensure that every person in the ward, regardless of religious belief, disability or gender, is empowered to put forward their views, their wishes and their feelings, that they are not discriminated against, and that they understand and feel that they have a voice which is respected, always.

I love all sport and am a local children’s football Coach. I also sponsor several local children’s teams.

I’m a big fan of most types of music and in my younger days could be found hosting events in Cardiff, many of which would be written about in Local and National magazines.

What are the biggest issues in your ward?

In addition to the EU Referendum, this is the third year in a row that we have had elections so we have had a great opportunity to speak with many residents.

Parking is an issue across the ward as is speeding traffic and potholes. Residents have told us they want the public toilets restored in Whitchurch Village, they also want the Library to remain open and publicly funded.

The new Velindre Hospital development is causing some anxiety in the area surrounding the proposed site.

What’s your favourite place in Cardiff and why?

I love to watch Cardiff City and Wales play rugby, so both the Cardiff City Stadium and the Principality Stadium are firm favourites of mine. I also like to walk along the Taff Trail. But ultimately, my house, Christmas lunch with all my family around, that’s the best place.

What do you think should be done to improve engagement in politics?

For people to feel engaged they need to feel part of something. All too often people feel that their views and concerns are not being taken seriously enough. It is important that politician don’t over promise on things that can’t be delivered.

What’s your favourite film?

Love a good comedy, too many to choose from.

If You’re Elected

What will you do to improve your ward?

I would look further into the parking issues that have been brought up on the door step especially around Kenfig and Celtic Road.

I would lobby the Council to bring forward plans to extend the 20mph speed limits to include all residential streets in Whitchurch and Tongwynlais as soon as possible. Look to ensure that Whitchurch remains a vibrant village and that the area remains a clean and safe place to visit.

Work with local event organisers so that the events like the fantastic Christmas Lights switch on run as smooth as possible with as little impact on local residents as possible.

How will you communicate with residents in your ward?

Facebook and email are great ways to keep in touch with residents, but we must continue the current Labour commitment of holding regular surgeries and sending out newsletter updates.

What issues that affect the whole city would you like to get involved in?

The City Deal could be a game changer for the region, a genuine opportunity to have substantial investment in the travel infrastructure of the Capital Region. Better public transport and connectivity will certainly help with the congested roads we see every day in our villages.

Final Comments

What would you change about Cardiff and why?

I would like to see more for children to do in the City. There are some great groups run by volunteers, some from Whitchurch Rugby Sports and Social club. Although times are hard and budgets are being cut by Westminster, I would like to see the Council support these groups as best as it can and help them develop to their full potential.

Any final comments?

We live in a great part of the City, a City which is widely regarded as one of the best places to live in the UK. If selected, I will work tirelessly for the ward and its constituents. It will be an honour and a privilege to be elected as a Labour representative and to serve our local community and the City of Cardiff.