Tim Morgan – The Green Party – Wrexham General Election 2024

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Provided Bio:

Tim grew up in Wrexham and still lives close by. He is a frequent visitor to the town as a Wrexham AFC season ticket holder. Tim says, “Wrexham gave me opportunities of sport, music, education, and friendships that have lasted a lifetime.” Tim works in Health Care, as an optometrist with his own practice in Buckley; and works directly with NHS Wales as the National Clinical Lead. He lives with his wife and two kids (and dog).

Q&A Responses:

1. What is the top issue you feel the people of Wrexham will want you to represent them on, and what is your position on it?

The single top issue? Expectations are all wrong.

The people of Wrexham, of Wales, and of the UK, should be entitled to expect a decent level of warmth, comfort, food, education, income, public service, and happiness.

But, the system is not providing that level of expectation.

The Green Party has a fully costed manifesto that shows how everyone – yes everyone – could be in a better and fairer place. The size of the problems are huge, and so The Green Party are proposing ambitious investments, paid for only by the super-rich, that will address all of those problems.

Life for many right now is hard, through no fault of the individual. Society deserves to be more hopeful. Wrexham should be entitled to expect better.

If, like me, you believe that the people of Wrexham are worthy of ambition then please let the incoming Government know, by voting for The Green Party.

2. Cost of living is up, mortgages are up, food prices are up, energy costs are up, rent is up – all with inflation still increasing. What can you practically do as an MP to help people in Wrexham with this in the future?

The size of the solution needs to match the size of the problem. Serious and considered ambition is required.

The Green Party manifesto is chocker block full of changes that would drive positive changes, prioritising support to those most in need. Here are just a few of those proposals:

  • £40 weekly increase to Universal Credit
  • Lift carer’s allowance by 10%Remove the 5 week wait for benefits that push people into debt
  • £15 minimum wage, from age 16
  • Abolish the 2-child cap to benefit – lifting 250,000 out of poverty
  • 35 hours of childcare from 9months, provide free breakfast clubs to Primary schools and support free school meals

Along with National changes as an MP in Wrexham I must recognise the incredible work that goes on with community and charitable groups. These people are the heart of the community and understand the issues better than anyone. It would be vital that they are supported, praised, and – most importantly – listened to.

3. Social housing waiting lists are high, private home ownership is more and more unattainable with people in their 20s and 30s still living at home with their parents. In your view, how can this be resolved?

This is a long term and complex problem, and it needs to be addressed with urgency. In simple terms, the Green Party approach is stop thinking of houses as assets, and to start thinking of housing as homes.

Part of the current problem is a lack of housing; and part is a lack of earning for young people.

On housing – The Green Party plan to build 150,000 new social homes a year; and make sure that all homes, new and old, are supported to be more environmentally efficient making them cheaper to run. And also, crucially, The Green Party would end the Right To Buy, meaning that social housing remains belonging to the community rather than investors.

On earning for younger people – The Green Party propose raising minimum wage to £15 an hour. The Green Party would extend that minimum wage to 16, ending the ageist system we currently have whereby younger workers can be paid less than older adults doing the same work.

In short, The Green Party believe in fairness have a plan to achieve it.

4. Young people are often an afterthought during election cycles and after years of disrupted education, along with closure of youth facilities and lack of mental health support. What do you think needs to be put into place to support them?

I was a young person once! I recall feeling that young people were more than afterthought, I felt that young people were actively ignored. However, The Green Party have a vibrant Youth membership and the party stand for inclusivity of all.

This is reflected right through the manifesto with policies like raising minimum wage for 16 year olds; lower the vote to age 16 to engage young adults as adults; making education kinder by extending free school meals and removing the stress of younger years examinations; and helping younger families by extending 35hours of childcare to parents from 9 months.

Finally, bringing forward climate targets is crucial to provide a positive and liveable environment for both our young people and our future generations alike.

I sincerely believe that our greatest responsibility is to young people and to future generations.

5. Health is devolved, but there is a link to Westminster and England in many ways. People are waiting longer for GP appointments, hospital waiting times have risen, staff are poorly paid and overworked. In your opinion, how do you think the issues in the NHS need addressing?

Two things – Funding and Caring.

Firstly, the funding. Every party is urging more spending on the Health & Social Care, but I believe only The Green Party have truly admitted the size of the funding required. The Green Party propose raising more funds for Health and Social Care than the main two parties combined; paid for by redistributing from the super-rich. For Junior Doctors to be striking is simply unprecedented – they are ringing the alarm bells and The Green Party are listening.

Secondly, the caring. The Green Party manifesto talks about caring and experience. I despair when the general conversation around Health and Social care simply comes down to the number of doctors, number of nurses, number of appointments, number of scans, and number of tablets. Numbers, numbers and numbers. Having worked in the NHS for 20 years I know Health and Social Care is about more than numbers alone. It is about feeling valued, respected, cared for, and heard. We need to ensure we are creating an environment where our Health Professionals and Carers are able to really do what they do best, and care for us as individual people, not as targets.

6. How do you think climate change will affect Wrexham in the future, and what as a local MP can you do on the matter?

“Climate Change” used to be a possible future risk. Remember that? I’m devastated to concede, the future is here, and the risk has occurred. We have to deal with the impacts that we see, and we simply must realise the importance of preventing further decline for the sake of ourselves, our families, and our future generations.

Wrexham, Wales, and the UK is at risk in a number of ways: Adverse weather conditions of floods and droughts; the air quality we breath; the water that runs through our constituency; the increase risk of infections with warmer temperatures; the vulnerability of the elderly and frail; the unpredictable supply and cost of food and power from elsewhere in the world.

It is such a relief that climate change is finally on the agenda of most of the parties’ manifestos. As is so often the case, The Green Party stands on the right side of history have stressed the importance of the climate emergency for so long.

We need strong clear action to mitigate against further decline; and also adapt to cope with the changes that are already here.

7. Do you think migration is a big issue to the people of Wrexham, and if so, why? Summarise your views.

I’m very grateful to have opportunity to give you my views on migration in Wrexham. I see I diverse community that is tolerant and integrated. I see a Health and Social Care system that wouldn’t exist without migration. I see vibrant culture and music festivals that attract worldwide audiences. I’m grateful and bursting with love for the migration into Wrexham.
And despite Wrexham being more diverse than any point I’ve known it (1980’s for me) I see the pride in Welshness and the Welsh language has also never been higher.
Wrexham is, and should be, really proud.

However, I realise that people are looking for blame as to why we have a cost-of-living crisis and an NHS not meeting its targets. I realise that in some quarters the blame is being placed at the feet of migration. I see no shred of truth in that claim. Scapegoating by nationality, or by religion, or by any means has no place in our civilised society. I staunchly reject any claim from other quarters that our community or nation is weaker due to migration of peoples.

The Green Party is peaceful and inclusive. We need to celebrate the benefits in skills and culture that migration brings. We also need to recognise that being able to offer refuge is a privilege we should cherish – not a burden we have to endure.

The Green Party will:

  • End the hostile environment;
  • Uphold Declaration of Human Rights;
  • Open safe routes to sanctuary by working with other nations to thise most in need;
  • Create a fast and fair process to seek asylum;
  • Ensure those seeking asylum be permitted to work immediately while their application is being decided to prevent their situation worsening;
  • And, ensure that voting eligibility becomes based on residency, not nationality.

8. What are your views on the current devolution arrangements from Westminster to Cardiff, and what change if any, would you support?

I’m fascinated by the Wales independence debate – but feel like it really hasn’t happened yet. In certain respects, Wales can never be independent. We have a long and well populated boarder with England, and much of our lives are reliant on dynamic movement across that border. In other respects, Wales has and always will be independent. We have a strong and proud sporting heritage, our own language, and a beautiful culture and worldwide renown.

The Green Party is committed to every home nation have self-determination. So, if opportunities arise for changes to the devolution arrangement that would benefit the people of Wales, then The Green Party is committed to pursuing them.

9. What is your view on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and what future path would you like the UK Parliament to take?

The Green Party is a peaceful Party. It can never support any country or organisation who seek to achieve it’s aims through force. The Green Party will always seek to de-escalate the conflict in the short term, and pursue peaceful and lasting resolutions in the long term.

In any moment of conflict, it is critical to separate the people from the decisions and actions of those in power. Those in power must be held to account; and the people must be supported with sympathy, respect, and aid.

10. Finally, it feels trust in politics is at an all time low. How will you rebuild that trust, and why should voters put their faith in you?

National scandals and clown celebrity politicians, here and abroad, clearly don’t help, but I don’t believe that’s why trust in politics is low.

Politics is meant to represent the people and create a system where the people can thrive. People are not thriving, therefore politics has let the people down.

I’ve been a voter much longer than I’ve ben a candidate and I can sympathise with anyone who feels cheated, misled, or forgotten.

As a voter you may look at a politician and fail to see yourself reflected. As a voter you may be in a position where your expectations in life, education, health, income, and happiness are way too low and it’s not your fault.

The only way that trust is rebuilt is if the communities in our nation get better, get fairer, and get more hopeful. I think a vote for The Green Party would help that change by being honest with the problems faced and ambitious with the changes required. However, each vote is precious to each voter, and I’ll end this answer by trusting each voter to give their vote to the candidate and Party who most reflects themselves.

Sincerely, regardless who you vote for Wrexham, I wish you every success and happiness in the future.

Tim Morgan.

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