Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Plaid selects Wrexham candidate for Westminster
Tackling child poverty will be a key priority for Plaid Cymru's newly selected candidate for Wrexham in the coming Westminster election.
Arfon Jones was chosen at a meeting of the town's constituency party this week. He is one of the new councillors elected in Plaid Cymru's dramatic breakthrough in Wrexham at May's council elections and represents Gwersyllt West.
Cllr Jones, who lives in Gwersyllt, said: "Through my work as a councillor and as a volunteer with the local Citizens' Advice Bureau, I know how tough things are for families and that this is having a huge impact on child poverty in particular.
"The UK Labour government's tinkering with benefits is simply making poverty worse and my message at the next election is that children will suffer because this government is taking money off the sick and disabled.
"Wrexham people need a stronger voice in Westminster to make sure they're heard and Plaid will be challenging the sitting MP all the way. The May elections proved that Plaid is a genuine alternative to a growing number of disillusioned Labour voters and we will continue to work hard to build that alternative."
Cllr Jones served as a police officer for 30 years locally until his retirement earlier this year. He is married to a district nurse and they have two grown-up daughters.