Cardiff Lib Dems unveil 2021 candidates

By Callum James Littlemore, Jul 16, 2020 6:07

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The Cardiff Liberal Democrats have announced three of their four candidates for next years’ Senedd election.

Newly elected council group leader Cllr Rhys Taylor has been selected to contest Cardiff North, with local activists Alex Wilson and Heath Marshall chosen for Cardiff South & Penarth and Cardiff West respectively.

Rhys was born in Pontypridd and moved to Cardiff after completing his studies at Bangor University. He was elected as a Councillor for Gabalfa in 2017 and was the Welsh Lib Dem candidate for Cardiff North in December's General Election. He is also leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on Cardiff Council.

Originally from Manchester, Alex now lives with his wife Nikki and son Maxwell in Penarth. He is an engineer by trade and spent most of his career in the lift industry. In his spare time Alex is a great supporter of the arts and has set up, and runs, a Penarth-based community theatre company.

Heath was born and raised in Cardiff before going on to study Political Science at Armstrong State University (GSU) in the US, after which he worked as an English teacher in Japan for two years. After he is a solicitor by profession, he has more than 18 years’ experience working in the industry.

The selection for Cardiff Central, a seat formerly held by the party, is currently ongoing.

Cllr Rhys Taylor said:

"I am proud to be part of a strong team of Welsh Liberal Democrat candidates, standing up to demand better for our communities and for our vision a fairer Wales.

“People across our communities want an MS who shares their concerns and understands the urgency need to tackle the climate emergency. They want someone who'll fight for more affordable and social housing, and work to ensure that our schools are supported to give our children the best start in life.

“Too many in our communities feel forgotten and left behind. As the Member of the Senedd for Cardiff North I will work tirelessly to give people hope for the future.”

Alex Wilson said:

“I was motivated to get involved in politics by the divisions exposed by the Brexit referendum and a desire to help bring communities back together by tackling the burning injustices we face.

“With greater polarisation gripping our country, I believe that now, more than ever, our core values of equality and community are key to creating a fairer society.”

Heath Marshall added:

“At such an important time, both globally and nationally, the decisions we make now will have profound implications for Wales for generations to come.

"I believe that Wales has an opportunity to be at the forefront of a new Green Deal, investing in renewal energy technology and rebuilding our nation.

"We need a new social contract, based on the common good, and I want to help drive that forward so we can build a brighter future for Cardiff.”

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