Jack Morris – Plaid Cymru – Alyn and Deeside

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Q1 What is the number one issue locally, and how will you achieve a solution?

For me it’s our high streets. We need to see these being regenerated and new ideas and ambitions being encouragedfrom anyone who might want to take a chance on a new venture.

2 – What is your plan for helping residents and businesses in your constituency in the coming years to recover from the pandemic?

We are planning a full ream of plans for our recovery, from interest free loans for businesses, to full investment in future pandemic preparedness

3 – The pandemic has highlighted to many for the first time the powers that the Senedd have under devolution. How has the pandemic changed your views of devolution?

I have always been a supporter of devolution.

4 – What would you have done differently on the Welsh covid response?

I would have liked us to have reacted quicker and not necessarily stayed as close in the rest of the United Kingdom. There were other examples we could have followed from across the world.

5 – Would you support legislation to hold an independence referendum for Wales? How would you vote in such a referendum and why?

I would and I would vote for independence. Everyone in the world has fundamental right to democraticrepresentation and Westminster has left us behind for too long. We deserve to be treated with respect.

6 – What actions would you take, or support, as an MS to encourage Welsh language use growth? Or, if you are against this, why?

I’m very disappointed that I’m not a fluent Welsh speaker and I would do all I can to support the expansion of Welsh language provision. Studies show that being bilingual helps people in later life and we should be encouraging this from early stages of school life.

7 – What does “climate emergency” mean to you, and why?

For me its the biggest challenge we are every going to face as a whole species. We need an international co-ordinated and urgent response to tackle rising temperatures and the threats to our way of life. We have the solutions at our finger tips, we just need the political will to make it happen.

8 – There can be a perception that politicians are too “South Wales focused” and can see a north-south divide. Do you think this is the case, and realistically if elected which of your North Wales specific goals do you think you can deliver?

I firmly believe that we need Senedd representation in the North who are going to fight for the north and investment in what we need to make our economy work and to make people’s lives better. Our manifesto is fully costed, any promises we make we can deliver them.

9 – What are your views on an LGBTQ+ plan for Wales?

Anyone who makes their lives in Wales deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.

10 – Children and young people have missed almost a full year of regular education – what are your plans to make sure that children who have missed out on academic and social experiences are not left at a disadvantage in the next few years?

We need to invest in education. Every child deserves the best start in life. We need free school meals for every child, we need smaller class sizes and more teachers. We need to delay the roll out of the new curriculum and halt inspections for another year. This will give our teachers the ability to focus on thier classes.

11 – Local services such as libraries, leisure centres and community centres have been badly affected in recent years due to lack of funding – how would you support local authorities?

We need to focus on community interests to help rebuild our communities to give us all a chance to come together after the pandemic

12 – How would you resolve issues at the local health board that are emerging from special measures?

We aim to split the health board into two. One in the North West which would focus on teaching skills and one in the North East which would focus on nursing and medical specialisms. This reduced size would allow more focus on patients, which is the most important thing in healthcare.

13 – Yes Cymru has seen a surge in growth, however that does not appear to be reflected in an increase for Plaid Cymru in the polls. Is Plaid Cymru less relevant on what could be seen as your most unique policy?

We are the only party that is promising an independence referendum in our first term in the Senedd.

14 – As a party you could end up at the coalition discussion table, what would be your red line issues in such a discussion?

We are aiming for a majority Plaid Cymru government after May 6th.

15 – There are calls to review the controversial Deeside ‘Red Route’ traffic scheme in light of the pandemic. Do you still believe the proposed scheme is the right one for the area.

I believe we need to wait until after the pandemic to asses what the new world looks like, then we should make decisions about spending such a massive amount of money.

16 – What is your plan to regenerate ailing High Streets in Alyn and Deeside

We need to work with local government and community leaders to encourage landlords to get their properties filled, we need to workon rates and rents to get them to an achievable level, we should be encouraging businesses to come to our high streets, not just shops.

17 – Plaid are keen on welsh independence, but also want to remain part of the EU. Is that position true independence, or is the policy really just independence from westminster?

Our stance on this clear is that once independent we would explore all options to terms of diplomacy. We are not advocating that we should rejoin the EU as soon as possible. Now that Brexit has happened we need to male the best of it.

18 – If you change political allegiance from what you are currently seeking election for (eg. resigning from, or joining another party or group) will you trigger a by-election? If not, why not?

Yes I would

19 – At the time of writing where has the top three sources of funding for your campaign come from, and are there any funding sources you feel would be relevant to voters to know about?

I have no funding for my personal campaign.

20 – In a few lines to wrap this up, why are you the best candidate compared to your competitors?

I believe that I am the best candidate because I am honest and not a career politician. I came into politics to try and make people’s lives better. For too long we have been let down by Labour and the Conservatives and I think we all deserve better. We should be able to get doctors appointments, our children shouldn’t be living in poverty and I think Plaid Cymru and I can deliver on those promises.

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