Liz Saville Roberts to defend Dwyfor Meirionydd seat

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Josh Morris

Plaid Cymru’s Liz Saville Roberts has announced her intention to defend her Dwyfor Meirionnydd seat at the general election.
 
The member for the last Parliament launched her re-election campaign at the Nefyn show and at the last election had a majority of 5,261 over the Conservative Party.
 
The Labour party have selected Pwllheli born law graduate Mathew Norman. Mathew Norman is currently treasurer for Cardiff Bay’s Labour Party branch.
 
The Welsh Liberal Democrats have selected Gwynedd county councillor for Dolbenmaen Steve Churchman whilst the Conservative Party say they will name their candidate once nominations close on Thursday.
 
Liz Saville Roberts told a meeting of activists said: “Only Plaid Cymru can stand up to the Tories to protect interests of Dwyfor Meirionnydd. Great chance to discuss my work as the local MP over the past two years. Labour voters backing Plaid to stop the Tories.
 
“I was proud to be out with new canvassers, there’s a real feeling that we need to take politics to the streets and go knocking doors, and whichever way you voted in the Brexit referendum, I know for sure you never voted for your family or your community to be any poorer.
 
“We now need to get Wales’s voice as strong as it’s ever been in Westminster and make sure the Tories can’t ride over us roughshod.”
 
Labour candidate Mathew Norman is a Pwllheli born man who currently works for a legal firm in Cardiff.
 
He told the Free Press: “Having someone who’s from the area makes a real difference, I’m not from London or anywhere else, I lived 21 years of my life in Pwllehli, I know the people and I’m canvassing everywhere.
 
"I’m a Welsh speaker and the language is very important to me. Being a Welshman, speaking Welsh, in that respect I have the interests of Wales at heart.Housing, transport, and jobs, they are the major concerns and priorities for Dwyfor Meirionydd.
 
“You get people like my friends who go from the area to University and leave, there’s a huge brain drain and it adds into the degradation of the Welsh Language.”
 
Neil Fairlamb has been reselected for the Welsh Conservatives. Mr Fairlamb finished second in 2015 with 6,550 votes.
 
UKIP have selected former Assembly candidate Frank Wykes. There is no Green candidate and no independents have chosen to stand.

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