Local Community Councillor Liz Newton has been chosen by the Welsh Lib Dems to stand for Newport West. As a Wentloog Community Councillor since 2006, she has worked hard for the local area, representing her village of Peterstone Wentloog, and neighbouring village of St Brides Wentloog near Duffryn. She wants to take that work further, for all of Newport. She stood for the Welsh Liberal Democrats in the Marshfield ward in the City council elections in 2012 and has fought for Newport West before, at the 2011 Assembly elections.
Liz has been a Researcher for Peter Black AM (South Wales West), for the past 6 years, supporting Peter is his role as Spokesperson for Housing, Local Government, Equalities and Finance. Before the Assembly, Liz worked in various roles for Cartrefi Cymru, a charity supporting people with learning disabilities.
“I am so pleased to be a candidate for the Welsh Lib Dems, for the town I grew up in. We need an AM who understands the needs of this City and who is prepared to fight for its Communities.
“Working within the Assembly I know first hand the campaigns the Welsh Lib Dems are running to create a stronger Wales: pressing for more nurses, better mental health treatment, smaller class sizes and more affordable homes. It is essential that we encourage local businesses in Newport to take on more apprentices to ensure a stronger future enabling everyone to get on in life.
“As a former Newport student, I was devastated by the Welsh Labour Government’s decision to close Caerleon campus. As expected they are hoping to develop housing on the site. I hope they retain the beautiful main building and the development brings infrastructure improvements to the area. I will continue to fight for the scrapping of the Severn Tolls which is essential for the prosperity of South Wales East and improved transport links to boost the local economy.”
Liz has degrees from Cardiff University and the University of Wales, Newport and lives in Peterstone Wentloog with her husband Chris.