Cadan ap Tomos selected to fight Cardiff West in the General Election

Cadan ap ThomasWelsh Liberal Democrat Cadan ap Tomos has been selected to fight the seat of Cardiff West at the General Election.

Wales Online has the details:

Fluent Welsh speaker Cadan grew up in Ceredigion and now works in the National Assembly for the party.

The University of York graduate said: “I’m delighted to have been selected to fight Cardiff West for the Welsh Lib Dems. Labour has been taking our communities for granted for far too long, and I look forward to running a strong campaign in the run up to next May.”

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Kirsty Williams congratulated Cadan on his selection.

She said: “He is a terrific candidate with a breadth of experience who I know will work tirelessly for the people of Cardiff.”

Meanwhile, there’s praise on the same site for Jenny Willott, dubbed one of the “rising Welsh stars who could be leading figures in the next Parliament.”

The Cardiff Central MP is one of just three Liberal Democrats from Wales in the Commons and Labour will fight furiously to oust her from the seat she won in 2005.

We can expect Jenny Willott and her local supporters to defend the constituency with vigour and a relentless focus on local issues – and if she returns to Westminster she will have the chance to shape her party’s future.

She has stepped down as assistant government whip so she can “speak out more publicly” as the election looms but there is every reason to think she would gain a prominent role in a future coalition.

Ms Willott quit as parliamentary private secretary to Lib Dem Energy Secretary Chris Huhne in 2010 so she could vote against the increase in tuition fees. But the mother of two joined the whips office in 2012 and later covered Jo Swinson’s maternity leave as a minister in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

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