I am determined to secure a better future for Brecon and Radnorshire, making it an even better place to live, work and raise a family. These are the things I will focus on if elected as your Member of Parliament.
- Championing the Welsh farming sector
The agricultural sector faces challenges, not least the uncertainty caused by delaying Brexit. This is further complicated by the Welsh Government’s approach to the future of the Basic Payment Scheme. I believe there is a positive future for Brecon and Radnorshire’s beef and sheep farmers outside the EU. I am campaigning for greater recognition of what farmers do to ensure Welsh farming standards are not undermined and will urge the Government to let farmers do what they do best.
- Campaigning for improved broadband and mobile coverage
Access to better broadband and phone signal is vital for residents and businesses across our rural area. My priority is to work with BT and Openreach and bring all parties to the table to understand the barriers to high speed broadband and identify solutions. As your Member of Parliament, I will ensure Brecon and Radnorshire is not left behind.
- Strengthening education in Powys
The Welsh Government continues to severely underfund Powys County Council, particularly on education funding. In Brecon and Radnorshire we receive £645 less per pupil than in England. Our Liberal Democrat Welsh Assembly Member is responsible for education in Wales and this is an issue I will immediately raise.
- Backing the Mid Wales Growth Deal
The Conservative Government has allocated £55 million for initiatives to stimulate economic growth in Brecon and Radnorshire. I will work with Government to ensure that local businesses see the benefits of funding to create jobs and prosperity across our area.
- Ensuring local people are involved in decision making
Meeting the Government’s targets for alternative energy solutions is an important goal but they cannot be met with no thought for the natural environment. Over-populating the landscape with windfarms will blight the iconic scenery that farmers in Brecon and Radnorshire have stewarded for generations and I want local people to be able to decide what is right for their community.