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Bruce Roberts – Welsh Liberal Democrats – Clwyd South

NOTE: This content is old - Published: Monday, May 1st, 2017.

Clwyd South Candidates: Christopher Allen – Plaid CymruJeanette Bassford-Barton – UKIPSimon Baynes – Welsh ConservativesSusan Elan Jones – Welsh LabourBruce Roberts – Welsh Liberal Democrats

We have invited all candidates to complete a very brief bio / question set ahead of the General Election.

You can also view our live debate on the evening of 30th May.

Q1 Are you able to tell us a little about who you are, any political history and about your political leanings?

I joined the Liberal Democrats in the early 1990’s and have been a member ever since. I have stood for the Liberal Democrats in several elections (all in Clwyd South or Wrexham) including council elections, European, Welsh Assembly and this will be my third General Election. I am a natural liberal who believes in a free and open society where all are treated equally and where nobody is enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity. This is all the more relevant since the EU referendum.

Q2 What do you feel is the top local issue for this election and what is your policy on it?

The big issues locally are the same as the national issues but I believe the economy is probably the critical local issue. Whilst the constituency has reasonably low unemployment currently that could all change rapidly (especially after a hard Brexit). The constituency needs to encourage business and investment to enable us to keep up in a fast moving world. Infrastructure is important (especially broadband connectivity) but so is a positive, well-educated and vibrant workforce. I would be looking to get business friendly policies on the government’s agenda as well as working with all interested parties to support and encourage job creation and successful businesses.

Q3 What do you feel is the top issue for Westminster in the forthcoming parliament term, and briefly explain how you would like to see your desired outcome achieved ?

Without doubt Brexit is still the biggest issue facing the nation. The country is on the edge of a cliff and I will not stand by and let it jump without trying to stop it. If Brexit has to happen I will do all I can to replace it with the closest relationship possible with our European neighbours. Without open borders, free trade and wide co-operation our economy is likely to take a real battering and it will be ordinary people who suffer most.

Q4 What relevant experience do you have for the job of MP?

I have run my own business for almost 20 years and have been advising other businesses throughout that time. This does not mean I could run the country but it does mean that I understand the trials and tribulations of those trying to make a success out of working for themselves and employing others. I have also been Chair of the Audit Committee of Glyndwr University and on its Board of Governors so I have worked in a large ‘public sector’ organisation. I understand how to get things done in this environment. I am also a trustee of a mental health charity and understand that government it is not all about money. There also has to be a compassionate side to policy. A civilised society looks after the most vulnerable.

Q5 What is the biggest differentiator between yourself and your fellow candidates?

It is up to the voters to decide if and how I am different to my fellow candidates. However, I would say that I was born in Wrexham and educated in a local comprehensive school. My children were all educated in local schools. I have spent virtually my whole life in this community and have been successful in this community. It is a place I love dearly and want to see thrive. Whether elected or not I will still be here in years to come.

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