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Candidate Comments: Jayne Cowan – Conservatives

Guest post by Jayne Cowan

Jayne Cowan is the Conservative Party’s constituency candidate for Cardiff North.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, My Cardiff North.

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In this election campaign, my team and I have delivered hundreds of thousands of leaflets across Cardiff North – from Rhiwbina, to Llandaff North, Thornhill, Llanishen, Lisvane, Pontprennau, Old St Mellons, Heath, Tongwynlais and Whitchurch.

With Labour only one seat from losing power, Cardiff North will be critical to deciding who is in government in Wales in only a few days’ time. Hopefully, all this literature has given a flavour as to the work I’ve been doing for the constituency I’ve lived in my whole life, and what I plan to do if elected as the Assembly Member for Cardiff North on May 5th.

Of all those pieces of paper, the leaflet I was proudest to deliver was one which contained a series of endorsements from local small businesses and shops. From an award-winning Whitchurch butcher – Martin Player, to Caerphilly Road’s Younger’s Fish Bar, Elizabeth of SP1 Hairdressers, or the owners of the Gateway of India, these local enterprises help make our community tick.

Cardiff North has some stunning high streets, which I will always passionately support. They are places to shop, socialise and share, and act as local hubs we must treasure. As such, we need to do more to support our bustling community spaces and help them thrive. Sadly, under Labour, high street vacancy rates in Wales are the highest in the UK – and, after 17 years with them at the helm, enough is enough.

Jayne CowanCardiff is reaping many benefits from the UK Government’s record of economic delivery – but Labour has failed to utilise the devolved levers at its disposal to build on that. Indeed, if every small business in Wales could employ just one extra member of staff, unemployment could be eliminated at a stroke. That’s why a Welsh Conservative administration would ensure any business with a rateable value of under £12,000 pay no rates whatsoever, with tapered support provided up to £15,000. Furthermore, by splitting the business rates multiplier, we can give all smaller businesses a fairer deal.

Keeping people on our local High Streets not only fuels local economies, but fosters a greater sense of community spirit. High streets, indeed, are about more than just shops. As part of a dedicated plan to back the Welsh high street, our manifesto contained a commitment to encourage the development of responsible night time economies. In Whitchurch, and elsewhere, we’ve seen the benefits this can have.

Underpinned by a focus on inclusive, community-led regeneration, and the development of a Welsh High Street Charter, encouraging the sharing of best practice, a renewed focus on High Street support must be a key focus for the next Welsh Government, and would have huge benefits across Cardiff North. I’m proud of our plan to do just that.

Welsh Conservatives want to lead a Welsh Government which is the most small-business friendly ever. The proposal to establish a ‘Small Business Hub’, scrutinising all Welsh Government policy for its impact on small firms, is testimony to that focus.  In Cardiff North, this approach could play a pivotal role in boosting employment, supporting our proud High Streets and nurturing our local area’s proud entrepreneurial spirit – and is something I’ll continue to shout from the rooftops as polling day approaches.

By Jayne Cowan


Candidate Comments: Jayne Cowan – Conservatives

Guest post by Jayne Cowan

Jayne Cowan is the Conservative Party’s constituency candidate for Cardiff North.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, My Cardiff North.

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I am delighted to have another opportunity to contribute to My Cardiff North because it covers an amazing part of the city; and one I have been proud to have lived in all my life. Residents of Cardiff North, from Gabalfa and Llandaff North in the west across to Pontprennau and Old St Mellons in the east, genuinely care about their communities and want representatives who both understand the communities and who can help to drive them forward.

This is why I am standing for election to the National Assembly for Wales. I have a track record working for residents, both in my role as a Rhiwbina Councillor since 1999 and as a community campaigner throughout the whole of Cardiff North. I led the Council Tax Fair Play for All Campaign across Cardiff in 2002 and have worked hard with residents to ensure that libraries, play centres and day centres were protected in 2015. I have pushed for a full green belt in Cardiff’s Local Development plan, despite opposition from the Labour Welsh Government, denying the public the chance to currently protect that area for life. This left many, many residents unhappy and disappointed.

In March this year I led a debate in the Council chamber which called for the Wedal Road tip, an important facility serving many Cardiff North communities, to stay open in the face of opposition from the Labour administration.

JayneAnd I have worked hard to fundraise for a number of charities because they carry out excellent and essential work throughout Cardiff North and the wider community. I was locked in a prison cell to raise money for Tenovus, organised a Fun Run for Autism Puzzles and when I had the privilege of being Cardiff’s Deputy Lord Mayor, arranged a garden party for Mayors from parts of south and mid Wales in aid of Cancer Research Wales. I was pleased to remain in close contact with Cancer Research Wales following their year as the Lord Mayor’s Charity, and I follow their pioneering work with a very close eye.

As well as championing both charities and communities in Cardiff North, I look forward to supporting the health service and our education service if I am elected to the Assembly on 5th May. I am always in admiration of the hard work carried out by our doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals. In education it is now time to let our teachers teach. As a former teacher myself, I understand the importance of excellent education which lets every child reach their full potential.

If elected, I would look forward to getting into the fine detail of what the National Assembly spends its money on. We see taxpayers money wasted when it was reported that land throughout Wales, including Churchlands in Cardiff was sold off for just a fraction of its true value. This has led to a development which will fundamentally change the character of the Lisvane community.

Leaflets are an essential way of keeping in touch with residents, and I enjoy receiving feedback. I also use social media daily as a way of sharing information quickly from local charity events, to my travels on the campaign trail, to information which I feel would be of interest to residents. You can follow my online activities here – Twitter @JayneCowan, Facebook Jayne4CardiffN.


By Jayne Cowan


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