Welsh Liberal Democrat members in Cardiff Central have selected Councillor Rodney Berman to contest the constituency at the May 2021 Senedd elections.
Councillor Berman has lived in Cardiff Central for the past 25 years and has a long track record as a councillor within the constituency. He previously represented the Plasnewydd ward in Roath on Cardiff Council from 1999 to 2012, and he currently represents the Penylan ward where he was elected in 2017. From 2004 to 2012, he had the privilege of serving as the leader of the local authority and, currently, he is his party group’s spokesperson on both economic development and finance. In 2013, he was awarded an OBE for his services to local government and the community in Cardiff.
Last year, Councillor Berman was also selected as the Welsh Liberal Democrats’ lead candidate to stand on the top-up list for the wider South Wales Central region for the 2021 Senedd elections.
Commenting on his selection as constituency candidate for Cardiff Central, Rodney Berman said:
“It is a huge honour to be chosen by members to stand in my home constituency of Cardiff Central. The last time this seat was fought for the Senedd, the Welsh Liberal Democrats finished a close second coming only 817 votes behind Labour. I will therefore be very much seeking to regain this seat which my party previously held between 1999 and 2011.
“The Senedd will have a vital role to play in how we move forward and rebuild in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Many residents will understandably be worried about what lies ahead and how this will impact on them personally. I will be fighting to ensure we do what is required to deliver a strong economic recovery, but also one which has the environment at its heart. I want us to invest to create jobs in ways that can also contribute to reducing carbon emissions and tackling the climate emergency.
“We also need to recognise the value of creating more sustainable local communities. Many of us learned to value far more what’s on our doorsteps during lockdown and we must now plan for how we can build on that, so more of us can have access to the facilities we need within a short walk, bus ride or cycle from where we live.
“I also want to see the Senedd do far more to address the poorer health outcomes we see in certain communities that have been highlighted by the impact of Covid-19. We need to address the shocking fact that people born and raised in more deprived parts of Cardiff and Wales might live 10 years less than those in more affluent areas, and we need to tackle the underlying issues which have led to those from black and minority ethnic communities being more susceptible to the coronavirus.
“As I have done in recent months and years, I will also continue to campaign on key local concerns for Cardiff Central’s different communities. This will include pressing for action to clean up Roath Park Lake, fighting for improvements in local bus services, addressing threats to local post offices such as the branch in Cyncoed Road, and fighting to ensure there is sufficient capacity in schools like Cardiff High where children living in parts of the catchment area can’t secure a place at their local school.”