* Welsh Conservative candidate Simon Baynes pictured in Llangollen.
The Welsh Conservatives have selected their candidate to fight Clwyd South at the next general election.
Simon Baynes is a former businessman, founder of the charity Concertina – Music for the Elderly and author of the recently published book “Lake Vyrnwy – The Story of a Sporting Hotel”.
He stood in Clwyd South in 2017, increasing the Conservative vote by almost 4,000.
Mr Baynes said: “I am extremely pleased to have been selected, and I will be campaigning hard on the issues that matter most to the people of Clwyd South.”
He says his number one priority is Brexit.
“It is essential that we leave the EU on 31st October, with or without a deal. I strongly support the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and his approach to negotiating with the EU,” he said.
He also wants to make sure money made available to the Welsh Labour Government from Westminster is spent where it is needed most.
He said: “That money must be used to fund front-line services, particularly health, education and care for the elderly. It must not be used to finance Welsh Labour’s pet projects in South Wales.”
Care for the elderly is a particular concern for My Baynes, who said: “We need a long-term solution so that people are not forced to sell their homes when they go into a care home. I also want to see pensioner benefits fully protected.”
Having grown up in the hotel business at Lake Vyrnwy, Mr Baynes has vowed to fight Welsh Labour plans for a tax on tourism. He also wants to see a reduction in business rates, to ensure the survival of local high streets.
Farming and the countryside are important to him and he says he will work hard to support both. He is chairman of the Welsh Historic Gardens Trust and says he is keen to protect and promote heritage in Clwyd South.
Mr Baynes is a Trustee of Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and Mid Wales Opera and chairman of the Holroyd Community Theatre near Oswestry.