Plaid Cymru have chosen local activist Jonathan Clark to contest the Newport West constituency in the event of a Westminster election being called.
Jonathan Clark, born 1966, was educated at St Julian’s Comprehensive School, Newport, the University of Wales, Lampeter (BA (Hons) History), the University of Wales, Newport (MA Celto-Roman Studies) and Cardiff University, recently completing an MPhil in Roman Archaeology.
The prospective Plaid Cymru candidate says the main areas he wants to focus on as Newport West’s MP are social justice, affordable housing, and the economy. A keen hill walker, Jonathan Clark is also a lifelong supporter of Newport County Football Club as well as the Dragons.
Jonathan Clark has stated that tackling congestion on the M4 around Newport will be his main priority if elected, arguing that:
“The expensive, damaging, and delusional proposed Black Route won't solve Newport and South Gwent’s traffic problems or help the local journeys we make.
“We need to invest in public transport and improve the existing M4. We need work to start on the metro, the railway stations, and the park and ride at Caerleon - Ponthir, Celtic Lakes, Llanwern and Magor and develop a regular rail service running into Newport from Ebbw Vale.”
On Brexit, Mr Clark said “We need to take No Deal of the table. So far all we’ve seen is a disturbing lack of attention to detail from Westminster.
“The combination of half-threat, half-promise approach to negotiations is shocking - a blatant example trying to have your cake and eat it.
“This is the politics of fantasy island rather than a realistic approach to negotiation. We are two years down the line and appear no closer to deciding on the detail of what we want or how to get it.
“The only option now is to extend Article 50 - so we don’t crash out with a disastrous damaging no deal.”