Welcome to the profile page for Simon Baynes, who is standing for Welsh Conservatives in Clwyd South for the General Election on December 12th.
As we have with all candidates, we have invited Simon Baynes to send statements for inclusion on this page, links to their social media, as well as asking if they will take part in our one on one video Q&A's along with attending our Clwyd South debate.
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StatementI live in Clwyd South just outside Chirk and my top priority is getting Brexit done. Like the majority of people in Clwyd South, I voted for Brexit. I support the Prime Minister’s new deal and we must honour the result of the referendum, get Brexit done and move on to tackle the challenges facing our country, helped by the recent announcement by Boris Johnson’s government of significant extra spending on the NHS, schools and 20,000 additional police officers.
I was inspired to become involved in politics by the desire to help people with the problems that affect their day-to-day lives. I am currently campaigning on issues locally such as reversing the planned cuts by Transport for Wales to some key rail services on the Chester to Shrewsbury line, keeping our local libraries open and improving mobile reception in Clwyd South. In the past I have campaigned to save the maternity services at Wrexham Maelor Hospital and oppose the closure of bank branches in Chirk and Ruabon.
I am a Trustee of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and run the charity Concertina – Music for the Elderly which I founded 20 years ago and which provides live music in care homes and day centres across England and Wales. I stood in the general election in Clwyd South in 2017 and increased the Conservative vote by almost 4,000.
Growing up in the hotel business when my father ran Lake Vyrnwy Hotel means that I take a strong interest in tourism and the hospitality industry which are vital to Clwyd South. This, combined with my experience of a career in finance and running a small business selling books, means that I strongly support the wide range of Clwyd South businesses in industry and commerce as well as in farming and the countryside.
Looking ahead, I will fight hard to make sure that the extra £1.2bn which has recently been given by Boris Johnson’s government to the Welsh NHS is spent as much as possible on frontline services in North Wales. Protecting the environment is of vital importance, particularly boosting renewable energy, improving recycling, increasing electric vehicle charging points and protecting our parks and green spaces. We need more and better youth facilities in Clwyd South and to ensure that the elderly have high quality care. Above all, we need to put aside our differences and work together to strengthen our communities and ensure that everyone in Clwyd South can prosper and realise their full potential.
Funding StatementWe asked the question 'As of 6pm 14th November, where has the top three sources of funding for your campaign come from, and are there any funding sources you feel would be relevant to voters to know about?'. We will re-ask this question later in the campaign. The candidate response is below:
As of 6pm 14th November, all the funding for my campaign has come from the Clwyd South Conservative Association and its members.
Advertising / Canvassing StatementWe asked the question 'Are you aware of all advertising or canvassing done in your name in connection to this election, and are you fully confident in its accuracy and transparency? Plus any relevant information ' . The candidate response is below:
The Conservative Party, my Agent and my Campaign Manager organise the advertising and canvassing done in my name in this election and we all take very seriously its accuracy and transparency. We have been heartened by the warm reception to our campaign which involves us visiting and talking to as many residents as possible across the length and breadth of the Clwyd South constituency.
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Clwyd South Debate Video