Rhys ab Elis
4:52pm Monday 16th April 2007 in News
I believe the way forward towards a fairer, more equitable society in Wales and in Torfaen, is to make the most of the opportunities our National Assembly gives us.
From May 2007 it will have much-increased lawmaking powers, bringing to Wales the ability to make laws that meet Welsh needs, instead of inadequate and inappropriate policies imposed from outside. The solution is in your hands. On May 3rd cast your vote for Plaid Cymru twice because Plaid Cymru is the only party that vigorously fights for everyone living in Wales, putting the interests of Wales and her people first! Only a Plaid Cymru Government can deliver Welsh solutions for Welsh needs.
We must: Oppose Home Office proposals to build a new prison in Cwmbran. The proposed Greenmeadow site is totally unacceptable. We should support the demands for a new prison in the north of Wales. This shows how government from London is out of tune with Welsh needs. Powers over Prisons should be devolved to the National Assembly.
Deliver much-improved hospital facilities for all the people of Torfaen. The future of the site at Llanfrechfa Grange must be developed to serve the needs of the constituency.
Campaign for longer trains serving Cwmbran and Pontypool stations, to overcome the gross overcrowding that is the daily lot of commuters. Also, double the number of trains calling at Pontypool.
Demand a much-improved trunk road between Pontypool and Blaenavon.
Press for tax exempt status for local small businesses enabling them to flourish and prosper in Torfaen.
I was born in London in 1946, have Welsh roots and currently live in Newport. I formerly lived in Swansea and stood for Plaid at local elections there. I have also been a Plaid council candidate in Newport, as well as being Plaid Cymru Assembly candidate for Blaenau Gwent in 2003.
I retired from the Civil Service after 34 years, in 1996 - but not from life. Latterly engaged on production of housing statistics, also duties as Union branch Secretary (NUCPS, now PCS), I continue to serve as Wales Secretary, PCS Associate and Retired Members. I am also Vice Chair of Newport Neighbourhood Watch Executive Committee. I have travelled in every Continent (except Antarctica).
My primary political interests are Welsh civil rights, improved public transport and safer communities. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to classical and Celtic music and researching Celtic culture and history.