Plaid Cymru candidate for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, Jonathan Edwards, has outlined the campaign pledges he is standing on.
Jonathan Edwards is campaigning for policies to directly improve the lives of families, build up local infrastructure, boost the local economy, improve schools and health services, provide free personal care for older people, and, lift children out of poverty.
- Build the Western Valleys Metro for West Wales to a Swansea terminus in the city centre. This includes reopening the Amman Valley line with shuttle train services from the Amman and Tywi Valleys.
- Build a national north to south rail corridor starting with reopening the Carmarthen to Aberystwyth line. Plaid Cymru has secured a feasibility study on the project. It calculated that if the rail line was up and running by 2024, it would generate 370,000 trips. That would rise to 425,000 by 2027 and 489,000 by 2037.
- Free Social Care at the Point of Need to ensure our older people are treated with the dignity and fairness they deserve.
- Recruit 100 more NHS dentists as part of a broader recruitment campaign for more Doctors, Nurses and Dentists to strengthen our Welsh NHS.
- Lift children out of poverty through a new £35 a week payment for every child in low income families and Free Care and Education for all 1-3 year-olds.
- A new tax credit of £25 a week for households who pay more than 30% of their income on rent and utilities.
- Create a stronger domestic food market, worth £7bn to the Welsh economy, through public procurement and more resilient local processing facilities.
- Vote against Labour and Conservative plans to waste £5 billion of public money on restoring the Palace of Westminster.
Jonathan Edwards said:
"My job as a Plaid Cymru MP will be to ensure that we secure the best possible deal for the communities of Carmarthenshire. I have always voted against Westminster Tory austerity and been a strong voice against the Labour Welsh Government's mismanagement of the NHS.
"I am standing on local priorities for free social care for the elderly, to lift children out of poverty, strengthen our local NHS with more dentists and doctors. I want to deliver investment in new projects for local transport and digital infrastructure to better connect the communities in Carmarthenshire.
"I am a committed campaigner for Carmarthenshire and I will always put the local interests first. The internal chaos within the Tory and Labour parties will do nothing for our area. With these pledges there is an opportunity to make Carmarthenshire matter in this election."