Welcome to the profile page for Tim Sly, who is standing for Welsh Liberal Democrats in Wrexham for the General Election on December 12th.
As we have with all candidates, we have invited Tim Sly 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 Wrexham debate.
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StatementI'm Tim Sly, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Wrexham. I studied Chemistry at Swansea University then worked in the chemical industry in Cheshire for many years before founding the technology company which I still run today.
I've been active in politics for many years and as a local Councillor I built up a lot of experience in areas such as planning, housing and education. I also served as a school governor for over twenty five years and volunteered for an arts charity.
My company sells advanced energy-saving equipment and I'm proud to say that our products are all made in the UK. We do business with companies across Europe and around the world, so I understand the very damaging effects that Brexit will have on British manufacturing industry.
Here in Wrexham, we have the largest industrial area in Wales. Wrexham Industrial Estate is home to many businesses that will be savagely impacted by Brexit as investment is cut and manufacturing is moved abroad. The Lib Dems want to Stop Brexit and help preserve the many high-skill jobs that depend on the continued success of local industry.
Many firms find it hard to recruit skilled workers, while many women with young children would love to go back to work but struggle with the costs of childcare. A Lib Dem Government will provide the funds for 35 hours a week of free childcare for every child over 9 months old. Working mums can then put their skills to best use without worrying about how to afford childcare. Our policy will help get more women into high-skill jobs, boost household earnings and finally address the skills shortage.
I live in a small village south east of Wrexham with my wife Barbara, who works for the health service. We have a grown up daughter, Indeg, who works to get new treatments introduced to the NHS. Their work has helped to give me an insight into some of the key issues facing the health service today and made me more aware of the massive threat posed by Tory plans to cosy up to big US healthcare and drug companies. I want to see a better deal for our local hospital and I've written to Vaughan Gething AM and Matt Hancock to demand a step change in funding for healthcare provision in Wales.
As someone who regularly shops in Wrexham, I'm saddened by the sight of so many empty shops. Many stores have closed because they can't make ends meet when they're paying high rents and sky-high business rates.
The Lib Dems will scrap business rates and replace them with a tax paid by property owners on the value of the land, regardless of whether it's occupied or not. This would reduce the burden on local shops, ensure that online retailers such as Amazon paid their fair share, and encourage more retailers back onto the high street. We're facing a climate crisis. A Lib Dems government will provide the money to insulate every home by 2030, with the homes of poorer households insulated by 2025. This would make every building in the country greener, helping to save energy, end fuel poverty and cut heating bills.
Finally, I have a reputation as someone who gets things done. I want to use that energy to help build a better future for Wrexham.
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:
I can confirm that our campaign is funded by donations from members and supporters.
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 answer is a definite 'Yes!'
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Wrexham Debate Video