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 am focussing on as your Member of Parliament.
- Post Covid-19 Recovery
Coronavirus has robbed the UK of so much but at the same time we have seen the strength of our Union. With UK Government support, 11,000 jobs have been protected in Brecon and Radnorshire. We need to ensure that Mid Wales sees its share of the almost £4 billion which the UK Government has made available to the devolved administration in Cardiff.
- Protecting our natural environment
Natural resources in Brecon and Radnorshire – particularly our carbon rich peatland soil – are hugely important. I want to see ambitious alternative energy solutions but over-populating the landscape with windfarms risks blighting iconic scenery that contribute directly to the local economy. Above all, I want local people to be able to decide what is right for their community. While the natural environment is paramount, planning decisions in Brecon and Radnor must take economic growth seriously.
- Promoting Welsh farming
Having spent my career working in farming policy, I believe there are huge opportunities ahead for Welsh agriculture. We can simplify our payments system and ensure that farmers are rewarded for the environmental benefits that the market does not recognise. I am campaigning to tackle transparency in the supply chain and challenge the lazy perception that farming harms the environment. In Brecon and Radnor, our grass-fed cattle based system is good for the country’s diet, economy and – above all – for our environment.
- Championing our armed forces
Breconshire has strong military links which I am keen to protect – as well as Sennybridge Training Area and the Infantry Battle School, Brecon Barracks is the location of the Army's HQ in Wales and 160th Brigade. The proposed closure of the barracks, scheduled for 2027, would be a tragic loss to our community and I am vocally campaigning against it. I am also working on behalf of the veteran community, ensuring that everyone can access the support they need after their active service ends.
- A better way of rural life
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. I am actively tackling the large mobile not-spots in Brecon and Radnorshire by keeping up the pressure on the UK Government’s Shared Rural Network. I want to see the Government taking an imaginative approach to rural infrastructure; Brecon and Radnorshire needs better public transport options to underpin our tourism economy.