Liberal Democrat members in Plasnewydd and Roath have chosen a strong and experienced team of candidates for this May’s council elections.
Former Labour Councillor Manzoor Ahmed has been selected alongside last September’s by-election victor Cllr Robin Rea, former Plasnewydd councillor Richard Jerrett, and Cadan ap Tomos, who is the Welsh Lib Dem spokesperson for young people, equalities and the Welsh language.
Cllr Ahmed will now also join the opposition Liberal Democrat group on Cardiff Council, bringing the total in the group to 16.
Cllr Robin Rea said:
“I’m looking forward to leading a strong team in Manzoor, Richard and Cadan into the upcoming council elections.
“I’ve lost count of the number of residents telling me just how grateful they are to have a Lib Dem councillor again. To me, that demonstrates more than anything just how much Labour have taken our area for granted.
“Roath is an incredibly special place to live, but the way our area looks lets local people down. We’ll be building on my hard work over the last few months in taking the fight to Labour, and continuing the task of cleaning up our area.”
Cllr Manzoor Ahmed added:
“I’m delighted to have been welcomed so warmly by the Liberal Democrats and selected for the Plasnewydd ward. Roath has always had a special place in my heart – my first ever home in Cardiff was in Treharris Street, and I continue to be a part of the community.
“I know better than most just how weak and divided Labour are. Nationally, Jeremy Corbyn is failing to oppose this Conservative Brexit Government, and here in Cardiff Labour’s infighting and incompetence is holding our city back.
“I’ve joined the Lib Dems not only because I share their values of openness, tolerance and unity, but also as the only party ever to take control of the council from Labour they’re the only party capable of driving Cardiff forward.”