NHS worker will fight Monmouth seat for Labour

South Wales Argus: Pictured at her desk within her home is Ruth Jones, a parliamentary candidtate for Monmouth.  Ruth will be challenging Monmouth MP David Davies at the next election when she stands as Labour's candidate for the election. (3276879) Pictured at her desk within her home is Ruth Jones, a parliamentary candidtate for Monmouth. Ruth will be challenging Monmouth MP David Davies at the next election when she stands as Labour's candidate for the election. (3276879)

A-MOTHER-OF-TWO who has worked for the National Health Service for three decades will take on controversial Conservative MP David Davies in Monmouth at the next general election.

Ruth Jones, a physiotherapist from Newport, says some people are unhappy the Tory politician is representing the constituency.

She was picked by the Monmouth Constituency Labour Party (CLP) through an all-women shortlist.

But this has generated little of the controversy seen in Blaenau Gwent a decade ago – whereas in the Valleys constituency the shortlist was imposed, in the Monmouth CLP the move was made voluntarily. Mrs Jones, 51, campaigned in Blaenau Gwent during the debacle: “This was different in terms of the fact they didn’t have it imposed.

“I know that women are under-represented in all areas of politics. I can see how positive action can be helpful but I’m happy to stand in an open field.”

She is critical of Mr Davies’ stance on climate change and said: “For someone to say they don’t believe in it is amazing, I am completely staggered by that.”

She added “certain sectors of Monmouth” like what Mr Davies says but believes the Tories are “polarising society”.

Mr Davies’ views on benefits – recently publicised in a BBC TV programme where he told a man to go to London to find work – also showed a “lack of insight into people’s working lives and conditions. Some of the people I speak to are very unhappy at the thought that he represents all the people in Monmouth.

“I would say it’s up to us to show there’s a viable alternative.”

A Christian, a member of Rogerstone’s Bethesda Baptist Church, she will move to the constituency if she wins. “Things like the bedroom tax are beginning to bite. People are realising this government is all but squeezing the poorest and even the middle,” she added.

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2:01pm Tue 7 Jan 14

ian--c says...

from newport ? it's a total farce
from newport ? it's a total farce ian--c
  • Score: 6

2:39pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Abertillery29 says...

Does anyone really believe that the Labour members in Monmouth voluntarily chose an all female shortlist? I saw the appaling behaviour of Labour party members in an open meeting at Ebenezer Church in Abertillery when it was becoming apparent that Tony Blair had got things wrong. I suspect the same thing has happened in Monmouth but using pressue behind the scenes. If they needed a woman surely they had a suitable local woman.
Does anyone really believe that the Labour members in Monmouth voluntarily chose an all female shortlist? I saw the appaling behaviour of Labour party members in an open meeting at Ebenezer Church in Abertillery when it was becoming apparent that Tony Blair had got things wrong. I suspect the same thing has happened in Monmouth but using pressue behind the scenes. If they needed a woman surely they had a suitable local woman. Abertillery29
  • Score: 4

3:10pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Crossbenchtory says...

Monmouth is by it's very nature a Conservative constituency and is very well served by its current MP, Mr Davies, who definately have my vote at the next general election.
Monmouth is by it's very nature a Conservative constituency and is very well served by its current MP, Mr Davies, who definately have my vote at the next general election. Crossbenchtory
  • Score: 3

3:16pm Tue 7 Jan 14

thatcherslovechild says...

So someone from Newport will move to the constituency if she wins, don't do us any favours. At least use someone local or is this the Labour party launching their next set of attacks on the countryside
So someone from Newport will move to the constituency if she wins, don't do us any favours. At least use someone local or is this the Labour party launching their next set of attacks on the countryside thatcherslovechild
  • Score: 3

3:31pm Tue 7 Jan 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

Ah, i see the tory assassination squad are already out in force.

I don't care much for labour either but I'd vote for a wet **** before the tory twonk. How you people don't find him an embarrassment is completely beyond me.
Ah, i see the tory assassination squad are already out in force. I don't care much for labour either but I'd vote for a wet **** before the tory twonk. How you people don't find him an embarrassment is completely beyond me. GardenVarietyMushroom
  • Score: -2

3:46pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Crossbenchtory says...

GardenVarietyMushroo
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Ah, i see the tory assassination squad are already out in force.

I don't care much for labour either but I'd vote for a wet **** before the tory twonk. How you people don't find him an embarrassment is completely beyond me.
I would not describe myself as being part of a Tory assassination squad, indeed I have refused to renew my party membership due to what can only be described as the socialist direction of the party as a whole under Mr Cameron's stewardship.

As to Mr Davies being an embarrassment, not at all in fact quite the opposite. He is a man of great principle who knows what he believes in and is not afraid to be up front about it, unlike the vast majority of politicians.

I would conclude by saying that Mr Davies and I do not agree on everything although we are, broadly speaking, ideologically in-sinc.
[quote][p][bold]GardenVarietyMushroo m[/bold] wrote: Ah, i see the tory assassination squad are already out in force. I don't care much for labour either but I'd vote for a wet **** before the tory twonk. How you people don't find him an embarrassment is completely beyond me.[/p][/quote]I would not describe myself as being part of a Tory assassination squad, indeed I have refused to renew my party membership due to what can only be described as the socialist direction of the party as a whole under Mr Cameron's stewardship. As to Mr Davies being an embarrassment, not at all in fact quite the opposite. He is a man of great principle who knows what he believes in and is not afraid to be up front about it, unlike the vast majority of politicians. I would conclude by saying that Mr Davies and I do not agree on everything although we are, broadly speaking, ideologically in-sinc. Crossbenchtory
  • Score: -1

7:15pm Tue 7 Jan 14

BassalegCountyFan says...

Hope Ruth wins the election in 2015, it would be a nice change for the people of Monmouth to be represented by someone who lives in the real world and who has a bit of common sense for a change!
Every person I've spoken to in the constituency is embarrassed that David Davies is their MP so it's time that they called time on the 'tory tornado' once and for all in 2015.
Hope Ruth wins the election in 2015, it would be a nice change for the people of Monmouth to be represented by someone who lives in the real world and who has a bit of common sense for a change! Every person I've spoken to in the constituency is embarrassed that David Davies is their MP so it's time that they called time on the 'tory tornado' once and for all in 2015. BassalegCountyFan
  • Score: -2

7:24pm Tue 7 Jan 14

BassalegCountyFan says...

thatcherslovechild wrote:
So someone from Newport will move to the constituency if she wins, don't do us any favours. At least use someone local or is this the Labour party launching their next set of attacks on the countryside
Actually recent evidence suggests its the tories who 'attack the countryside'
Within a year of being in power the condems tried to sell off our national forests, while their cuts to local government budgets have affected rural constituencies as much as urban ones (look at library closures in rural areas - including Monmouthshire). Also the countryside will be especially hard-hit by the despicable privatisation of the Royal Mail - within a couple of years deliveries to rural areas could be scaled back as they won't be seen as 'profitable'. The tories cling to their votes in the countryside, but have no time for people who live in rural areas as soon as elections are over.
[quote][p][bold]thatcherslovechild[/bold] wrote: So someone from Newport will move to the constituency if she wins, don't do us any favours. At least use someone local or is this the Labour party launching their next set of attacks on the countryside[/p][/quote]Actually recent evidence suggests its the tories who 'attack the countryside' Within a year of being in power the condems tried to sell off our national forests, while their cuts to local government budgets have affected rural constituencies as much as urban ones (look at library closures in rural areas - including Monmouthshire). Also the countryside will be especially hard-hit by the despicable privatisation of the Royal Mail - within a couple of years deliveries to rural areas could be scaled back as they won't be seen as 'profitable'. The tories cling to their votes in the countryside, but have no time for people who live in rural areas as soon as elections are over. BassalegCountyFan
  • Score: 0

8:30pm Tue 7 Jan 14

DavidMclean says...

thatcherslovechild wrote:
So someone from Newport will move to the constituency if she wins, don't do us any favours. At least use someone local or is this the Labour party launching their next set of attacks on the countryside
Are we talking the same David Davies who stood for election in Bridgend, even though he didn't live there?
[quote][p][bold]thatcherslovechild[/bold] wrote: So someone from Newport will move to the constituency if she wins, don't do us any favours. At least use someone local or is this the Labour party launching their next set of attacks on the countryside[/p][/quote]Are we talking the same David Davies who stood for election in Bridgend, even though he didn't live there? DavidMclean
  • Score: 1

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