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Former Conservative Senedd Member joins the Liberal Democrats

08 Feb 2022 2 minute read
Nick Ramsay

Nick Ramsay, former Conservative Shadow Finance Minister in the Senedd, has joined the Welsh Liberal Democrats.

A Senedd Member from 2007 to 2021, he has now been announced as a candidate for the Lib Dems in the Monmouthshire Council elections this coming May.

He resigned from the Conservatives after being deselected as the Conservative candidate in last May’s Senedd Election, with then Monmouthshire County Council leader Cllr Peter Fox picked in his place.

Speaking today Nick Ramsay said that he had “the Conservative Party is not the party I once joined”.

“They have lost the trust of the people, and are unable to manage our country,” he said. “They have failed the fundamental test of competence. I can think of little of them with which I agree.

“I have spent a long time examining the Liberal Democrats, and I find their underpinning values of fairness, community, and internationalism match my own. The Welsh Liberal Democrats are the best way to achieve a new village hall for Raglan, support for struggling local businesses and sustainable development for Monmouthshire, and I am pleased to be able to join them in their campaign to provide a better future for our county.”

‘Mindless populism’

The Liberal Democrat leader in Monmouthshire Cllr Jo Watkins congratulated Nick on taking what she called a principled decision.

“I am delighted to welcome Nick on board,” she said. “He brings experience of working for a better Monmouthshire at both a national and local level.

“He shares our values and he will be an excellent addition to our strong team as we take on the challenge of building a greener future, supporting our local businesses and creating sustainable communities here in Monmouthshire.”

Welsh Liberal Democrat leader, Jane Dodds MS, added: “Nick’s journey reflects that of many life-long compassionate Conservative voters across Wales are fed up with the mindless populism represented by Boris Johnson and are turning to the Liberal Democrats for serious policies and for plans that will help tackle the problems in their lives.

“From spiraling energy costs, to unfair tax hikes the Conservative Party has utterly lost sight of what matters to everyday people.”


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Mark
Mark
7 months ago

Blimey, just goes to show the lib dems will go even lower than the tories, wtf does this say about Welsh politics🤮

Richard
Richard
7 months ago

All found him a decent cove outside ‘ ‘ ‘ opening hours ‘ Pob lwc 😊

Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
7 months ago

I do believe ther is a saying to do with “sinking ships…” However, he may be perfectly genuine and perhaps we should be encouraged that he has left the dark sphere that is the Tory party. The only down side may be that he may well add to the Clegg tendency in the LD’s and help move them to the right.

Erisian
Erisian
7 months ago

Can anybody put any meat on the bones of why he fell out with constiuency party in the first place? Without knowing why he was deselected it is hard to understand his crossing the floor.

NOT Grayham Jones
NOT Grayham Jones
7 months ago
Reply to  Erisian

He’s an alcoholic with a very colourful past, Lib dems must be pretty desperate to want him

Richard
Richard
7 months ago

An alcoholic with a colouful past !
Wow … if these rule politicos out …,there would be quite a list over the years 🤔

Rob
Rob
7 months ago

Give credit where credit is due. I would never vote conservative but applaud those who are prepared call out this dangerous populist government.

Grayham Jones
Grayham Jones
7 months ago

KICK ALL ENGLISH PARTIES OUT OF WALES, ITS TIME FOR A NEW WALES BLAH BLAH BLAH

Phil
Phil
7 months ago

Wow! Ms Dodds now has a deputy to share her workload calling for this that and the other

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