Who has your vote? Clwyd West candidates General Election 2017

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AS POLL day draws closer - take a minute to read about the candidates in your area. 

David Jones is back on the campaign trail. Mr Jones (Conservative) has been re-selected and will fight to retain his seat for the Clwyd West constituency in the upcoming ‘snap’ election. Mr Jones, minister of state for the department on exiting the European union, was re-elected by constituents in 2015’s general election, receiving 16,463 votes - 43 per cent of the total poll. 

It is his third term in office, having been victorious in both the 2005 and 2010 elections. 

Mr Jones tweeted: “Looking forward to the general election on June 8, an opportunity to obtain a strong mandate for a strong Brexit negotiating position. “This will be an important election, vital to our country's future.”

Welsh Labour has announced its candidate standing for Clwyd West in the 2017 general election. Gareth Thomas will be standing for the constituency which covers areas of Conwy and Denbighshire including Ruthin, Colwyn Bay and Abergele. He said he was ‘absolutely’ excited to be standing as a candidate in this year’s election for the Labour Party. 

Mr Thomas, who works as a self-employed barrister, was previously an MP for Clwyd West from 1997 to 2005 and also stood as a candidate in 2015. 

He said: “I have quite a lot of experience here within the constituency and I continue to live here too. 

“I personally voted to remain in the EU but this election is much more than just Brexit. It is about ensuring proper funds, decent jobs and housing. “I would vote against any deal which injured local jobs and the economy.” 

Mr Thomas was ousted from his role in 2005 by Welsh Conservative MP David Jones – who will be standing again in this election and hoping to retain his seat. 

Plaid Cymru has selected former Conwy’s council leader as its general election candidate for Clwyd West. Dilwyn Roberts, who is standing down as councillor for Llangernyw after 13 years, has led Conwy County Borough Council for the past nine years. 

Mr Roberts said: “I’m delighted to be chosen by Plaid Cymru for Clwyd West, a constituency where I’ve grown up and also represented on the council. 

“I look forward to talking to voters about my vision to improve the area and what has already been achieved through my work in delivering on specific projects along the coast. 

“I’m particularly pleased with the way Eirias Park has developed as a sports and entertainment centre over the past decade I’ve been running the council. 

“We’ve invested in making it a really special location for worldclass entertainers and also as the home of the highly successful RGC rugby team. 

“Eirias Park has certainly put Colwyn Bay on the map. 

“Colwyn Bay’s seafront has also been transformed wi th the Porth Eirias development and investment in the beach and the town centre will be rejuvenated by the arrival of 500 council staff relocating to the town.” 

 

Liberal Democrat Dr Victor Babu is a surgeon at Glan Clwyd Hospital who lives in Colwyn Bay. Dr Babu is chair of the North Wales Regional Equality Network, a charity that promotes quality and protects human rights in North Wales. 

He represented NWREN in the Stakeholders Reference Group of the Local Health Board and served as its chair for a year until November 2014, during which time he represented the people of North Wales in the Health Board of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board as associate member. 

Dr Babu feels he is the right person to lead on Welsh health agenda and believes in a society that is fair for all and wants to consolidate the party’s reputation of strong local delivery by promoting a fair deal to all farmers and create job opportunities for young people He aims to promote collaboration between different industries such as tourism, leisure, agriculture and conservation to create and maintain jobs for a thriving economy.

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