Tim Sly – Welsh Liberal Democrats – Wrexham General Election 2024

 

This is a candidate page for the Wrexham constituency – the full list of candidates are: Paul Ashton, Sarah Atherton, Charles Dodman, Becca Martin, Andrew Ranger, Tim Sly, Tim Morgan.

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Provided Bio:

Tim Sly is the Welsh Liberal Democrat candidate for Wrexham. Tim lives in Tallarn Green where he is a member of the local Community Council and he also serves as a governor of the Maelor Church Schools Federation.

Tim has worked in environmental industries for many years and runs a technology company making smart controls for schools and office buildings.

Tim’s priorities are fixing our NHS, improving social care provision, tackling the cost of living crisis and getting action to tackle the flooding that affects many parts of the local area every time we get heavy rain.

As a business owner and engineer, Tim is keen to attract more high-skilled, well paid jobs to the Wrexham area and believes that more can be done to equip local people with the skills they need for the industries of the future.

Tim also wants action to support local farmers whose income has been slashed by the combined effects of Brexit, the Conservative government in Westminster and the Labour Government in Cardiff.

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?

I think the state of the NHS is probably the number one issue that comes up on the doorstep. While health is devolved to the Welsh Government, we have suffered locally from a poorly managed health board coupled with inadequate funding. As Wrexham’s MP, I would press for increased funding for the NHS across the UK while seeking to hold the Welsh Government to account for the poor management of the health board and press for rapid improvements to waiting times.

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?

We’re proposing immediate increases in the rates of pay for carers and an increase in the minimum wage for anyone on a zero-hours contract. Rising energy costs have been a major driver in the current cost of living crisis and the Liberal Democrats have committed to an ambitious programme of insulation for peoples’ homes, to help cut energy bills and lift people out of fuel poverty.

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?

The Lib Dems are committed to building the homes people need, with meaningful community engagement, by increasing building of new homes to 380,000 a year across the UK, including 150,000 social homes a year. We’d also give local councils the powers to end right-to-buy, so that we don’t lose any more of social housing we already have.

We plan to deliver a fair deal for renters by immediately banning no-fault evictions, making three-year tenancies the default, and creating a national register of licensed landlords. Finally, we’d abolish residential leaseholds and cap ground rents to a nominal fee, so that everyone has control over their property.

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?

The Liberal Democrats are committed to putting a dedicated, qualified mental health professional in every primary and secondary school, making sure all children and parents have someone they can turn to for help, funded by increasing the Digital Services Tax on social media firms and other tech giants.
We plan to increase school and college funding per pupil above the rate of inflation every year, and end the scandal of crumbling school and college buildings by investing in new buildings and clearing the backlog of repairs.

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?

We’re suffering from staffing shortages across the NHS. The UK Government determines the numbers of training places for doctors and nurses, and in recent years they have moved the numbers up and down based on financial costs, not driven by a long-terms staff plan or the actual needs of the NHS. So I’d press for an expansion in training palces for medical staff.
We also need to make sure that once we have trained doctors and nurses, that they want to stay in this country. In the last few years, we’ve seen staff leaving to work in places like Australia or Canada where the pay and conditions are much better. If we want to keep out highly skilled staff, we need to pay tem adequately and offer thm the chance to progress their careers within the NHS.

NHS hospitals can only function effectively if they are able to get patients out of hospital and back into their homes once their treatment is complete. We’re seeing large numbers of beds occupied by people who are medically fit, but who can’t return home because of a lack of suitable care. The Lib Dems support an expansion of social care to allow more people to enjoy a better quality of life in their own homes, while freeing up capacity in NHS hospitals.

Finally, the management of the local health board has left much to be desired in recent years. There has been a lot of change in senior management posts and at board level, but I would argue there is a need for a deeper review of how the NHS is delivered across North Wales.

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?

We’re already feeling the effects of climate change, with flooding regularly affecting the Wrexham area and this is only likely to get worse in the coming years.

We need to make urgent changes. The Lib Dems have a plan to make homes warmer and cheaper to heat with a ten-year emergency upgrade programme, starting with free insulation and heat pumps for those on low incomes.

We want to invest in renewable power so that 90% of the UK’s electricity is generated from renewables by 2030 and we’d remove the Conservatives’ unnecessary restrictions on new solar and wind power, and supporting investment and innovation in tidal and wave power in particular.

Taken together, these measures can help the UK to reach Net Zero by 2045.

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

I’m proud to live in an area like Wrexham, with such a diverse population and mix of cultures. We’ve has migration into this area for decades, with established communities from Poland, Portugal and many other places who now call Wrexham their home. Migration has been and will continue to be a positive influence on Wrexham, its economy and our local communities.

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

The Liberal Democrats believe in devolution and would like, in time, so see a more devolved and federal structure for all the regions and nations of the UK. At the moment there is a tension between Cardiff and Westminster, with Conservatives threatening to override laws made in Cardiff under devolved powers just because they don’t like what the Senedd has decided. In effect, they are saying “you have the power to make decisions as long as we agree with them”. This shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of devolution and is extremely dangerous.

Looking to the future, I would support an extension of devolution to cover policing and justice in Wales, which are currently controlled from England. I’d also like to see a fairer financial settlement for Wales which would strengthen the power of the Welsh Government to improve public services in Wales.
Liberal Democrats believe in devolving power to communities, so I just as I would like to see more powers devolved from England to Wales, so I’d also like to see powers devolved from Cardiff to local areas across Wales.

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

Western governments looked the other way when Russia invaded Crimea back in 2014 and this undoubtedly emboldened Putin to launch a full scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022. I think it’s almost inconceivable that such a barbaric war should be taking place in Europe in the 21st century.
I believe that many politicians have made the mistake of thinking that the Russian regime can somehow be reasoned with, and as a result the western response has been half hearted. Sadly, I believe that president Putin responds only to a show of force and so I would urge the next parliament to provide more assistance to the Ukrainian government to help them liberate their country.
We also need to think about what Ukraine will need to rebuild its shattered infrastructure once the war is finally over, and I will be pressing for the UK to be generous in assisting Ukraine’s eventual reconstruction.

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?

I would hope to lead by example. In the public positions that I’ve held as a Community Councillor, Borough Councillor and School Governor, I’ve tried to put the interests of the community first.

I believe that trust in politics is low, because the connection between politicians and the people they are elected to serve has been lost. If elected, I will keep in touch with Wrexham residents through regular newsletters and surgeries and by making myself accessible to the people who elected me.

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