Promoted by Mark Ward-Jones on behalf of the Torfaen Constituency Labour Party at 27 Brunel Road, Fairwater, Cwmbran, Torfaen NP44 4QT.
Lynne Neagle launched her re-election campaign with an event in Cwmbran for party members and supporters, ahead of the Assembly elections on May 5th.
Speaking after the launch at Page’s Fish & Chips, Lynne Neagle said:
“I’m delighted to launch my campaign today and to be fighting to represent Torfaen. Blaenavon, Pontypool and Cwmbran are just three parts of a hugely varied constituency which I’m proud and humbled to have represented for 17 years. It’s been a pleasure to take up campaigns on behalf of local people, like on the opencast mining application at Varteg and supporting workers of the former Griffin Place Communications. I’ve campaigned hard for local services like Post Offices and I’m delighted that funding has been earmarked for the Specialist Critical Care Centre in Cwmbran.”
“I’m passionate about supporting local communities and what matters to them, having always been closely involved in school provision and supporting the likes of Pontypool Rugby Club. Local businesses are a source of huge pride to the area and I’m pleased to have worked closely with trade unions and management at local companies like Arvin Meritor and Doncasters.”
“It’s now more vital than ever that we return a Labour Government in Wales to stand up for our people and our public services against the threat of further cuts coming down from the UK Government. I don’t want what’s happening to the NHS or the social care sector or the education system in England happening to our hospitals, our schools or our most vulnerable people. That’s the danger if a rainbow coalition led by the Tories gets power in the Assembly. So I will be campaigning hard up until Polling Day on Thursday May 5th, speaking with as many Torfaen residents as possible.”
Local members and supporters filled the top floor of the restaurant and enjoyed fish and chips and a quiz, before speeches from Lynne Neagle and local MP Nick Thomas-Symonds. Party Secretary John Killick said: “Lynne has been a fantastic AM. She is a passionate campaigner on issues like the NHS and has a great track record of standing up for local people when they need her.”
Local Party Chair Mandy Owen added: “It was great to be at the event amongst so many of Lynne’s supporters, and there was a great atmosphere. It’s important for our communities that we return Lynne as a hardworking Assembly Member who’s there when people need her.”
MP Nick Thomas-Symonds said: “Since I was elected in May, I’ve been truly impressed by Lynne’s hard work and dedication to representing people here in Torfaen. With the support of local people on May 5th, Lynne and I can continue to work as a team for our community.”
Welsh Labour recently launched six election pledges for the 2016 election – which include 30 hours of free childcare for parents of 3 & 4 year olds, funding 100,000 all-age apprenticeships, tax cuts for Welsh small businesses, doubling the capital limit for those going into residential care, an extra £100m to improve school standards, and introducing a New Treatment Fund for life threatening illnesses.