Splott Lib Dems select experienced candidate Jamie Matthews for Splott by-election

2013 Hydref 28 1:36 PM

Photo of Jamie MatthewsSplott Liberal Democrats have selected dynamic Jamie Matthews as candidate to fight Labour in the up and coming Splott council by-election.

First out of the blocks, Jamie Matthews, 29, a local Splott resident who works for a disability charity in Cardiff, was selected by local members on Friday.

Jamie Matthews brings with him strong local authority experience and of fighting for good quality public services. He has previously served as a lead councillor responsible for environmental services and planning with a track record of delivering high quality services.

He now lives in Splott and works as a campaigns manager for a charity helping people with disabilities.

Commenting on his selection, Jamie Matthews said:

"I live in Splott and there is no greater honour than representing and fighting for your community on the council. The residents of Splott have been desperately let down by Labour politicians. Our swimming pool is under threat and Labour, again, seem to want to charge people for driving in and out of the city with a congestion charge. We have dog mess on our streets, graffiti and litter is getting out of hand and Labour is proposing only collecting our black bags once a month. The people of Splott deserve better than this.

"I have had previous experience sorting out rubbish collections and I know that monthly waste collection is a disaster waiting to happen. Where will local people with small terraced housing store their waste? I will campaign against Labour's monthly bin collection.

"While the Labour councillors enjoy the trappings of power, being behind closed doors, making decisions that have a detrimental effect on the lives of the people of Splott, my passion is in dealing with my community's issues. The reason I'm standing is because I want to help other people. Labour candidates become councillors because, more often than not, they just want to help themselves.

"The fight is on between a local, hard working Splott Liberal Democrat candidate and a Labour party that is more interested in looking after their own interests than those of the people they claim to represent."

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