Jane Dodds selected to fight Brecon and Radnorshire

Good news from Wales. The Welsh Lib Dem Leader, Jane Dodds, has been selected as the Westminster candidate for Brecon and Radnorshire. Jane is a brilliant and caring politician who has been championing issues such as tackling loneliness. Last week, she wrote about her wish to see Universal Basic Income trialled in Wales.

We held the Westminster seat until 2015 and Kirsty Williams holds the seat at Welsh Assembly level. We also did well in the last local elections

Jane said:

I am really pleased that members from across Brecon and Radnorshire have put their trust in me to be their candidate for Westminster and I am proud to be part of the Welsh Liberal Democrat team for Mid-Wales.

Brecon and Radnorshire is being let down by our existing Conservative MP. Under the Conservatives, we’ve seen a sharp increase in cases of homelessness, the botched rollout of Universal Credit continues and, with only 20 days to go, we still don’t even know what is going to happen with Brexit.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats demand better than this debacle. We want to see a Wales which is fairer, international and puts a new green economy at the heart of everything we do.

I think I bring a new perspective on the issues which affect people in our communities and I look forward to working with our great Liberal Democrat Councillors and those who share our liberal values to bring about real and effective change which genuinely changes our society for the better.

Her colleague and predecessor as leader Kirsty Williams welcomed Jane’s selection:

Jane is a passionate community campaigner and I’m really pleased she has been selected to represent Brecon and Radnorshire.

Through Richard Livsey and Roger Williams we have a proud tradition of Liberal Democrat MPs fighting our corner in Westminster. It’s a tradition that needs to be restored.

I look forward to working alongside Jane as we stand up for values of tolerance, openness and opportunity.

The local Conservative MP, Chris Davies, currently faces charges relating to his Parliamentary expenses. He appears in Court on March 22nd.

* Caron Lindsay is Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice and blogs at Caron's Musings

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4 Comments

  • Does this mean Montgomery is seen as unwinnable at present, with one of our highest profile candidates and resident in the constituency switching seats?

  • Alex Macfie 10th Mar '19 - 2:35pm

    More likely it’s due to the possibility of a by-election in B&R due to the sitting MP’s court case.

  • nvelope2003 10th Mar '19 - 2:55pm

    Montgomery was due to be abolished in the plan to review boundaries and reduce the number of MPs to 600. The part where many Liberal Democrat voters live would transfer to Brecon and Radnorshire. Is this plan still being proceeded with or has it been quietly dropped to avoid upsetting the Brexiteers ? There might be a by election there soon if the Conservative MP has to resign following the Court appearance.

  • I believe the 600 MP plans have simply been postponed rather than dropped. The final vote in the commons to ratify it delayed until Brexit is “sorted”. Any snap GE this spring/summer would have to be under the existing boundaries.

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