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Lib Dems choose candidate in bid to unseat Conservatives from key Welsh battleground seat

24 Sep 2022 4 minute read
David Chadwick

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have selected their first General Election candidate in a bid to unseat the Conservatives in a key battleground seat.

David Chadwick has been selected by local party members as the prospective parliamentary candidate for Brecon and Radnorshire, the seat of Tory MP Fay Jones.

The seat has gone back and forth between the two parties in recent elections, with the Liberal Democrats coming out on top in a 2019 byelection before losing it again in the December General Election of that year.

The Liberal Democrats then failed to win the seat at last year’s Senedd elections. However, May’s local elections saw the Welsh Liberal Democrats becoming the largest group on Powys County Council, and in Brecon and Radnorshire they topped the polls with 15 councillors compared to the Conservatives who were left with just a single councillor.

They have also claimed some unexpected Conservative scalps in in the seats of Chesham and Amersham, Tiverton and Honiton, and the rural seat of North Shropshire just across the border from Powys.

Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Jane Dodds MS, welcomed David Chadwick’s selection stating: “David will be a fantastic advocate for the people of Brecon and Radnorshire who will make sure their voices are heard loudly and clearly in Parliament.

“The Conservatives have taken Brecon and Radnorshire for granted time and time again with an MP that consistently votes against the interests of her constituents. The Party is out of touch with Mid Wales and its people’s priorities and values.

“That is why we have already begun to see the Conservatives’ hold on Mid Wales start to crumble. After this year’s local elections, the Conservatives will be looking over their shoulders to try and hold the seat in the next general election.

“It is now up to the Liberal Democrats to win this constituency at the next election and give the area a representative who will stand up for local people’s interests and be a loud voice demanding change for the better.”

‘Win back’

David Chadwick currently works as a cyber security consultant and has family ties to Builth Wells. He said that he became interested in politics when his grandfather took him to see the steelworks in Port Talbot to see what it was like to work in a blast furnace stating it gave him an early insight into how politics, industry and communities are intrinsically linked.

He said: “Brecon and Radnorshire is one of the most beautiful areas of our country. Yet people in rural areas like this are angry at being taken for granted. They just can’t trust the Conservatives to do what is best for them, their families or their businesses.

“In contrast, people can see that their Liberal Democrat representatives are listening to them, and delivering to make Brecon and Radnorshire a better place to live.

“Whether it’s the local MP’s support for the dumping of sewage in the national treasures of the River Wye and Usk; or Prime Minister Liz Truss signing trade deals that threaten the livelihoods of Welsh farmers – the Conservatives aren’t listening to local residents.

“This was further reflected in this week’s ‘bankers budget’. Rather than help rural communities like Brecon and Radnorshire, Liz Truss is intent on rewarding mega rich bankers in London and the South East and those who earn over £155,000. The cost of which will be met by the middle and working classes and our children and grandchildren.

“The only thing the Conservative Government even attempted for rural areas like Brecon and Radnorshire was a measly £100 in support for those reliant on heating oil, a downright insult to the 17,807 homes in Powys facing a minimum of £1,200 in increases to their bills.

“I’m excited to kick off our campaign and act on people’s concerns. The Liberal Democrats want to win Brecon and Radnorshire back and be the shared voice of rural communities in Parliament.”

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Valerie Matthews
Valerie Matthews
1 year ago

Please succeed, we really must take power away from this cruel self serving Tory Administration. In over twelve years, they have caused immense harm to us all.

Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
1 year ago

A young enthusiastic candidate for a key seat will help to make it possible to oust the Tories. However, we need the local Labour and other non-Tory parties to come together and work with the Lib Dems to avoid splitting the non-Tory vote. Obviously London Labour will ‘impose’ a candidate if the local Labour candidate has the sense to stand down. However, he can be ignored and will not get many votes as an unknown place man. My advice to local non-Tory party groups in the constituency would be to start talking to one another now. I notice that some… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Peter Cuthbert
1 year ago
Reply to  Peter Cuthbert

I don’t know, Peter. You are clearly a bright man; why care about Parliament elections anymore? Why back another (I’m sure very nice and able, but not exactly local) unionist to represent us? The more we obsess over San Steffan the longer their grip around our necks will continue. To quote a Simpsons ‘Tree house of Horror’ 🎶 “just don’t look, just don’t look” 🎶

Last edited 1 year ago by CJPh
1 year ago
Reply to  CJPh

You make a good point there, but we need to address the type of people we return to the Bay Senedd too. Far too many of them are content to run a second tier province on behalf of the central government. We need agents of change in place not careerists.

Ivor Schilling
Ivor Schilling
1 year ago

Lib Dems: careerist, opportunist, vacuous, placeholders.

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