Vale MP Alun Cairns has welcomed news that the Vale of Glamorgan Conservative Association has picked Ross England to be the Tory candidate at the 2021 Welsh Assembly election. Mr England secured the highest ever share of the vote for the Conservatives in the Vale of Glamorgan at an Assembly election in 2016, losing to Jane Hutt by 777 votes.
Mr England, a friend and colleague of Mr Cairns, has previously worked with the MP to tackle issues such as ‘traveller’ encampments and high street parking charges. His priorities include pushing for a Dinas Powys by-pass and securing a new formula for local authority funding that will no longer ‘disadvantage the Vale of Glamorgan’.
Alun said, “It will be a pleasure to campaign with Ross England for fair funding for the Vale local authority, more small business rate relief and an end to excessive development targets. The Labour Welsh Government is not delivering for the Vale of Glamorgan – it’s long been clear that we get a raw deal compared to other parts of Wales. It’s time we had a Vale AM who will stand up for the local community in Cardiff Bay.
“Ross understands that the Welsh Government is at the root many problems in the Vale of Glamorgan, ranging from the reduction in bus services to year-on-year council tax rises, from building on our green spaces to crippling business rates. And he has the determination to push those issues to the forefront in the Senedd. His selection as the Welsh Conservative candidate here is great news for the Vale.”