Welcome to the profile page for Susan Elan Jones, who is standing for Welsh Labour in Clwyd South for the General Election on December 12th.
As we have with all candidates, we have invited Susan Elan Jones 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.
(Here is a quick FAQ about our candidate videos!)
StatementI am honoured to stand for re-election in Clwyd South. This is my home. I was born and brought up here, going to Ponciau, Grango and Ruabon schools. My grandfather was a miner, my mother worked in the NHS and my father worked in Brymbo Steelworks.
I joined the Labour Party in 1985 because I was deeply concerned at how the divisive Thatcher Government was affecting communities like ours.
I spent 15 years working for charities before being elected to Parliament in 2010. I am a passionate supporter of the Welsh language and culture. I’m very honoured to be a Vice President of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.
Like many people in Clwyd South, I am deeply concerned by Tory plans for a hard-right Brexit which fails to put Welsh people and jobs first. If re-elected, I would never rubber-stamp anything that would short-change the lives and livelihoods of local people. I will vote to ensure the Final Say on Brexit belongs to the people, not Boris Johnson and his privileged Tory cronies. I support the Remain Labour pledge.
The Welsh budget’s been slashed by over £1.4bn since the Conservatives got in in 2010. If re-elected, fighting the damage caused to our vital public services by Tory cuts will be at the top of my agenda.
Locally, I’ll continue fighting for improved disabled access at our train stations and for new health centres. For more affordable homes and improved transport links. For our local businesses and social enterprises such as Plas Madoc Leisure Centre. And for our rural communities.
I vehemently oppose Boris Johnson’s plans to privatise the NHS through back-door trade deals with Donald Trump. I have always stood up against Tory austerity which hits the most vulnerable, including disabled people, the hardest.
I’ll support Labour’s Green Industrial Revolution, which will tackle our Climate Emergency and create hundreds of thousands of high-wage, high-skilled jobs. And I’ll continue campaigning for women born in the 1950s who still don’t have proper pensions.
As someone who was born and brought up here, I am committed to providing strong local representation for everyone in Clwyd South – not just the privileged few.
The Tories hope to win around here by dividing us. I’d rather see a fairer electoral system but under First Past the Post, the only way we can all make sure they don’t succeed is by supporting my candidature.
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 November 14, all funding for my campaign has come from Clwyd South Labour Party and donations from constituents.
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:
Details of canvassing sessions organised by my campaign team are relayed to all Clwyd South Labour Party members and I'm delighted that we've already had excellent support in all weather. I have always strived to respect and adhere completely to election rules and will continue to do so.
Socials / Website
Candidate Twitter account: click here
Candidate Facebook page: click here
Clwyd South Debate Video