ANOTHER of the candidates running to be Newport West's new MP visited the city centre on Saturday to officially launch her campaign.

June Davies, who is standing for the Renew Party, and her team were at the Parliament milestone near the Westgate Hotel - site of the 1839 Chartist massacre - to speak to voters about their views.

Renew was formed in 2017 and describes itself as “a vehicle for ordinary people supporting radical political reform”.


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Ms Davies said she was keen to speak to people in the city about the issues which are most important to them.

"It's an opportunity to get into a conversation about what matters to them," she said.

"Everybody has got different needs, different wants and different priorities depending on what stage they are at in their lives.

"The first person I spoke to was a guy who has been homeless for eight years - it was really interesting to have a chat to him.

"He was saying the food banks here in Newport are always empty."

Renew is is in favour of a so-called 'people's vote' on the UK's membership of the European Union, and Ms Davies, an economics teacher and mother-of-three, with a professional background in the energy sector and breweries, said Brexit is an important issue. But she said it should not overshadow local issues, with housing and transport top of her priorities.

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"What's important to people more than anything is security of jobs and progressive ways of building businesses, so the future is future-proofed," she said.

"That's my big statement – I want to future-proof Newport."

The by-election will be held on Thursday, April 4.

Other candidates are Jonathan Clark for Plaid Cymru, Conservative Matthew Evans, Ruth Jones for Labour, Richard Suchorzewski for the Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party, and Amelia Womack of the Green Party. Ukip and the Liberal Democrats have also said they will run candidates in the election.