6:20pm Monday 16th April 2007 in News
Graham was born, brought up and lives near Pontypool. He attended Caerleon Comprehensive School before studying Mechanical Engineering at University.
Graham has worked in the engineering industry in technical and commercial roles, and has travelled widely to Europe, North America, the Middle East and Far East. He has served as a staff representative, presenting the views and opinions of employees to senior management.
Graham has been a School Governor and is involved with voluntary groups including an environmental charity, as well as being a supporter of Shelter and the Campaign for Real Education.
When he is not working or campaigning Graham enjoys DIY, especially carpentry and metalwork, as well as a good book and visits to the cinema.
Graham got involved in Politics campaigning for Peter Robinson in Newport West during the 1987 Election. He has held numerous positions in the Conservative Party and has served as a local councillor. He has been campaign manager and advisor to local government and parliamentary candidates. His mother is Councillor Val Smith, former Chair of Monmouthshire Council.
Graham has campaigned on specific issues such as over-development, health service cuts and neglect of local heritage sites. In Torfaen, Graham is supporting campaigners who are opposing closure plans for their local school, and speaking out against proposals to turn the police college site into a prison.
"My personal priority is Health. Everyone uses the NHS at some point and Conservatives are totally committed to an NHS for everyone, free at the point of delivery. If I'm elected my first priority will be to work for the best possible healthcare in Torfaen.
"Doctors and nurses in our NHS do a great job which is why our priority is to let them get on with the job. We need an end to political interference, distorting targets and financial mismanagement. Only then will we get the health outcomes that everyone wants.
"On the prison proposal I actually agree with Torfaen's Labour MP. The middle of a residential area is no place for a prison. Where is the strategic planning that is needed to solve the problem of a shortage of prison places". It's time the Government admitted defeat and looked for a realistic site elsewhere.
"I want to see Wales given a chance to succeed. That means voting for a positive change on May 3 to elect a Conservative Assembly Government."