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Pembrokeshire Conservatives launch local election campaign

AHEAD of Pembrokeshire County Council elections, Pembrokeshire Conservatives have launched their election campaign outside County Hall in Haverfordwest.

A total of 26 candidates are contesting 25 wards across the county standing on a platform of keeping council tax rates low, improving education provision in the county and rebuilding the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Conservative group were the biggest political grouping on the last council with eleven members and have hopes to increase their numbers at the elections on Thursday May 5th.

The candidates come from a range of backgrounds and ages, from barbers and estates agents, through to a former police officer and a retired teacher.

Commenting following the launch, Cllr David Howlett who has been re-elected unopposed to the Wiston ward, said:

“These elections are hugely important as they will help to shape the direction of our County for the next five years.”

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“As we emerge from the pandemic, now more than ever we need a County Council that’s led with a clear vision, based on common values.”

“Over the last five years the Cabinet of Pembrokeshire County Council has consisted of a mishmash of Independents, Labour, Plaid Cymru and a Liberal Democrat.”

“Since 2018, your Council Tax has risen by a staggering 36%, education services have been branded by Estyn as “causing significant concern”, and over £200,000 of your money has been spent paying off the former Council Chief Executive – a move which Audit Wales deemed “unlawful”.

“A vote for your local Welsh Conservative candidate on May 5th will send a clear message that things must change – we need a culture of transparency, accountability and openness in County Hall.”

“Our candidates are all hardworking local champions, embedded in their communities. Now’s our chance to work with our Members of Parliament and the Senedd to deliver for the people of Pembrokeshire.”

PICTURED ABOVE: Some of the Welsh Conservative candidates with supporters at the Campaign Launch outside County Hall, Haverfordwest (Image: Handout)