I am very honoured to have been elected as the Welsh Conservative MP for Clwyd South and my top priority is getting Brexit done. Like the majority of people in Clwyd South, I voted for Brexit. My first vote as an MP was for the Prime Minister’s new deal and we must honour the result of the referendum, get Brexit done and move on to tackle the challenges facing our country, helped by the recent announcement by the government of significant extra spending on the NHS, schools and 20,000 additional police officers.
I was inspired to become involved in politics by the desire to help people with the problems that affect their day-to-day lives. I am currently campaigning on issues locally such as reversing the planned cuts by Transport for Wales to some key rail services on the Chester to Shrewsbury line, keeping our local libraries open and improving mobile reception in Clwyd South. In the past I have campaigned to save the maternity services at Wrexham Maelor Hospital and oppose the closure of bank branches in Chirk and Ruabon.
Before I was elected to Parliament, I was a Trustee of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and ran the charity Concertina – Music for the Elderly which I founded 20 years ago and which provides live music in care homes and day centres across England and Wales. I was also Chairman of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust which has a thriving branch in Clwyd and nine others across Wales.
Growing up in the hotel business when my father ran Lake Vyrnwy Hotel means that I take a strong interest in tourism and the hospitality industry which are vital to Clwyd South. This, combined with my experience of a career in finance and running a small business selling books, means that I strongly support the wide range of Clwyd South businesses in industry and commerce as well as in farming and the countryside.
Looking ahead, I will fight hard to make sure that the extra £1.2bn which has recently been given by Boris Johnson’s government to the Welsh NHS is spent as much as possible on frontline services in North Wales. Protecting the environment is of vital importance, particularly boosting renewable energy, improving recycling, increasing electric vehicle charging points and protecting our parks and green spaces. We need more and better youth facilities in Clwyd South and to ensure that the elderly have high quality care. Above all, we need to put aside our differences and work together to strengthen our communities and ensure that everyone in Clwyd South can prosper and realise their full potential.