About Simon Baynes

As the Welsh Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Clwyd South in 2017, my top priority is campaigning on local issues. In 2015 I helped to organise a petition to save the maternity services at Wrexham Maelor Hospital and in 2016 I organised petitions and public meetings to oppose the closure of HSBC branches in Chirk and Ruabon. 

In 2016 I stood as the Conservative Candidate in Clwyd South for the Welsh Assembly and, like the majority of people in the constituency, I voted for Brexit in the referendum.

I am a Trustee of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and run the charity Concertina - Music for the Elderly which I founded 20 years ago. I am also Chairman of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust which has a thriving branch in Clwyd and nine others across Wales. 

I grew up in the hotel business as my father ran Lake Vyrnwy Hotel and I take a strong interest in tourism and the hospitality industry which are vital to Clwyd South. I was very pleased last year when the Welsh Conservatives held their annual conference in Llangollen and I made sure that this website carried as much information as possible about all the places that delegates could stay and enjoy food and drink in our area.

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.

I am a keen musician, playing the organ for church services locally, and I am a trustee of Mid Wales Opera. The nationwide charity Concertina which I founded makes grants to charities to provide music and other entertainment for the elderly in care homes and day centres, particularly in Wales.