Jane Dodds

I'm passionate about tackling injustice and helping people get the best chance for a good life.

I'm running to be your next MP because I believe we deserve better from our politicians and the Westminster Government. I'll be a strong voice for everyone who feels let down by those in power.

Living here in Powys, just outside Welshpool, I know how important it is we have an MP understands our unique way of life.

It's time we had a strong voice in Westminster who will fight for our local communities.

Jane Dodds

Jane Dodds

My Positive Plan for Brecon and Radnorshire:

1 Back our NHS and improve social care

Jane Dodds has a long record of fighting to improve health care across Powys.

Jane and the Welsh Liberal Democrats have run campaigns to improve ambulance response times in the county. They argued strongly against the botched 2014 plans for Powys County Council to privatise social care and it still needs more funding.

Kirsty Williams, Jane Dodds and Roger Williams

As our MP, Jane will fight to end the two-tier healthcare system local people face - where Welsh patients visiting English hospitals get a worse deal than their English counterparts.

She wants to bring a new urgent care centre to the constituency as well as working to improve the provision of dentists, including mobile dentists to serve our rural communities, and GPs across the constituency.

2 Oppose Conservative cuts

For too long the Conservatives have failed to deliver a more equal and fair society.

Our former Conservative MP was a strong supporter of Theresa May’s uncaring and incompetent government - voting with it 98% of the time - which has caused this austerity to hit so many people.

Changes to the benefit system have forced too many local people into using food banks.

As our MP Jane wouldn’t just fight cuts to Employment Support Allowance and Universal Credit.

She would also fight for extra money for public services in Wales. Jane understands that - if we want safer streets, better schools and hospitals - we need to pay for them.

3 Protect vital rural services

Jane lives in Powys, just outside Welshpool. She understands, living rurally, how important basic local services are to everyday life.

Over the years, Jane and the Welsh Liberal Democrat team have fought to protect the services we all rely on.

Liberal Democrats on Powys Council worked with campaigners to stop the closure of 10 libraries across Powys. Jane and the team have led the fight to keep cash points and banks in our towns.

Jane at a cashpoint
Jane talking to a young chef

In order to help our local businesses and communities survive, Jane knows that we must improve infrastructure right across mid-Wales. That's why she launched her campaign for improving broadband and mobile phone services right across our communities, allowing more businesses to move to the area.

As our next MP, Jane will fight for better public transport across Powys.

Jane talking to a young chef

4 Fix our broken political system

Jane believes politics, especially at Westminster, is broken.

It’s clear that many politicians have stopped listening and aren’t putting the needs of residents first. The Conservatives are making a mess of Brexit and both the Conservatives and Labour have led their parties to extremes, ignoring the many issues so many local people are facing.

Visiting communities the length and breadth of Powys she knows that people can see how they want to fix the issues they face, but they don’t have the support networks, structures or funding needed to deliver the right solutions.

Jane will be a listening MP who is there for our communities, all year round not just before an election. As our MP she will be committed to doing an annual survey to make sure she is working on the issues that matter most to you and report back at least six times a year so you know what she is doing on your behalf.

5 Stand up for Welsh farmers and local jobs

Jane is proud of the hardworking spirit of people across Brecon and Radnorshire.

From our hill farmers to our independent shopkeepers, to our small online retailers - all these enterprises keep our community going.

As a Powys resident and the granddaughter of a Welsh farmer, Jane understands the challenges faced by those living in our wonderful rural communities.

Long hours and tough working conditions are leaving many Welsh farmers struggling to survive. And the Conservatives at Westminster are just making it worse.

Jane reading to children

As our MP Jane will fight Conservative plans for an additional 40% tax on farming. Jane will also work with our farming communities to ensure they have the support to diversify.

Jane will also be a strong advocate for enhancing and developing new industries. She wants to help support the development of ecotourism, the green energy sector and other high-tech industries. Jane will lead a campaign to reintroduce subsidies for green energy and press the case for the Swansea tidal lagoon - that would help increase jobs across Wales.

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