Wales is a wonderful and diverse country, with many exciting opportunities and undoubtedly (perhaps I’m slightly biased) the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Yet I want to help make it an even better place for people to live, work, raise their families and enjoy their retirements. As a Conservative, these are the some of the issues that I care about and fight for in Ceredigion:
A Fair Deal for our Rural Areas
When I spoke at the 2019 Welsh Conservative Conference, I highlighted that it costs more to deliver services in rural areas. I will fight hard for fairer funding for our rural councils.
Welsh Labour's 'one size fits all' approach does not work. Local people know how large scale developments (such as incinerators and wind farms with turbines) will impact their communities. I will ensure their voices are heard and I will campaign for large planning decisions to be made at local level rather than by Ministers in Cardiff.
Championing our Rural and Coastal Businesses
Local businesses are the soul of our communities. I will continue calling for business rate reform. I will fight against separatist agenda - we want our neighbouring Brits to visit our beautiful region.
For our tourism industry to flourish, we must improve our roads and railways and cut unnecessary bureaucracy. When local businesses thrive, we all do! The Conservative Government has allocated £55 million for initiatives to stimulate economic growth in Mid Wales. We must ensure that local businesses see the benefits of funding to create jobs and prosperity across our area.
Listening to our farmers
Our renowned quality food production is key to a sustainable Wales. Our farmers are part of the 'environmental' solution and I will work hard to protect them and their reputation. The Welsh Government must listen to farmers' views on post Brexit financial support.
Fighting for improved infrastructure, including mobile and broadband coverage
This is essential in order to keep young people in rural Wales, to support our businesses and to encourage new businesses into the area, which will bring jobs and prosperity. I will work with colleagues across the political spectrum to keep the campaign going for this.
Campaigning for better education in Wales and equal opportunities for young people
For too long, Wales’ education standards have lagged behind the rest of the UK. This is not because our learners are less able, but due to poorly thought through policy from Welsh Government. I will fight for fairer funding for rural schools and work hard to ensure that policy is well considered and evidence based.
I am currently calling for more support for Care Leavers, such as free access to leisure facilities.
We are the Conservative and UNIONIST party and are proud to be British. The Union is at the core of our identity. We must be the voice of confidence that Wales prospers best within the Union.