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I’m Alison Alexander and I am the Welsh Liberal Democrat Candidate for the Senedd (Welsh Parliament) in Montgomeryshire. I live with my family just outside the thriving small town of Llanfyllin, North Montgomeryshire. I have a background in horticulture, community education and journalism. Recently, I found myself increasingly shouting at the radio news and last year decided I had to try to make a difference for our communities myself. I am passionate about bringing people together for stronger democracy, improving life chances for the least advantaged and finding ways to protect the natural world while generating a thriving economy.
I serve as a Llanfyllin Town Councillor and am a co-founder of the Repair Café Oswestry and Borders, a board member of the inclusive environmental group BRACE and a parent governor at my sons local school.
I want to work with communities to make the quality of life better for all constituents: protecting rural schools and improving educational opportunities and apprenticeships; helping business kickstart the green industrial revolution and supporting the small business owners hard hit by the pandemic. I will ensure the development of Newtown’s healthcare hub continues as planned to provide better, more local facilities for our community; and I will focus on increasing mental health provision. I will bring people together to improve access to green spaces for residents, increase the tourism potential of our area, and help farmers and growers to embrace sustainable environmental practices. I’ll work to promote greener, affordable homes to keep our young people in mid Wales. And I want to encourage more people of all ages to engage in politics: giving them a voice, listening to them and representing their interests.
Tackling the climate crisis will be a major priority for me if elected and as we recover from coronavirus it should be our major priority. Caring for our environment should be embedded in every decision we take. That’s for the benefit of humans as well as wildlife both long term and short term because there are so many economic opportunities in doing all that is necessary for the climate emergency. We are going to need thousands of new jobs in creating green homes and green industry. That’s great news for all of us, and for the young in particular.
And this doesn’t take away from the importance of other issues like our NHS, our mental health or education. I believe society needs to work for all of us to help us care for our planet. If you’ve got a safe job, a warm home, good food on the table, your elderly relatives are cared for and you’re not working all hours, you have more head space to prioritise the environment.
On a more personal level, I can speak French and Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. I love hiking, sharing good food with friends, learning Welsh and reading books with my son. I am a magpie for weird and wonderful facts about the human brain. Rare spare moments are spent turning our garden into a paradise for wildlife.