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Dwyfor Meirionnydd

Dwyfor Meirionnydd is located in the north west of Wales. The seat was created in 2010.

The current member of parliament is Plaid Cymru’s Elfyn Llwyd who has served since 2010 (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy 1992-2010).

2010 General Election Results (Adjusted for non-voters)
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Candidates

Neil Fairlamb

Background
I have been working for 40 years as a teacher and parish priest in North Wales, after studying at Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cambridge and Oxford universities. I have contested county council and Welsh Assembly elections. I lived in this constituency for six years. I believe in sound, economically responsible government and reward for personal initiative. I speak Welsh, write on Welsh history and chair a UK charity working on educating children in India. I am committed to a smaller state and big local voluntary service. I pioneered a hospice charity shop and coordinated meals-on-wheels service for many years. I am pro partnership with Europe but critical of the EU`s faults. My main priority is education; I think our young people have been let down. Welsh school results lag behind and it is a tough global market place for the best jobs. I want superfast broadband broadband rolled out to every rural location so that hi-tech, non-polluting jobs can be created in this beautiful constituency and our young people won`t have to leave to find work.
1. What do you plan to do in order to make sure you remain ‘in touch’ with the electorate?
We have a good distribution network for leafleting and regular “surgeries” would be held throughout this very large constituency.
2. What makes you the best candidate for this constituency?
All six candidates would be good constituency MPs with their welsh links and local connections. However, I feel that only labour or conservatives can form or lead a government and this is an election to the UK parliament. If you want something done, then you vote for the representative of one of the two main parties. Obviously I believe that in the essential choice between high-tax and spend labour and a weak leader or a low-tax, small-state party rewarding initiative with proven leadership it is the conservatives who can help most people.
3. What has the current Member achieved that you believe has been successful?
He is retiring. He was well-known and doubtless did valuable individual help for constituents. But a Plaid Cymru MP at Westminster has no power.
4. In your opinion, is austerity working? What should we take from the state of the economy during this Government’s tenure?
It is working but the deficit remains far too large. Welfare reforms are widely perceived to be popular; there has been a shift in thinking. I don’t understand the second question.
5. Does (legal) immigration need more limitations or is it vital for the UK?
Clearly it needs more control and restriction when coming from outside the EU and more reform of benefits systems for EU arrivals. Most immigrants contribute to the economy.
6. Many people are concerned about the cost of living in the UK, with wages having failed to rise in line with the price of food, energy and rent in recent years. How can this be corrected?
By the economy getting stronger and more disciplined and by our working population becoming more competitive with better education and skills.
7. How would you like to see the NHS change in the future in order to become more successful?
Contributory principle essential-and partnership with private sector.
8. What measures do you think need to be taken to decrease unemployment, particularly youth unemployment and those who have never been employed?
More apprenticeships-the coalition has done well on this. Taking lowest paid out of tax altogether-increasing the threshold for this. More vocational-focussed education from age 14.
9. Does the lack of diversity in Parliament equate to a lack of representation?
It seems pretty diverse to me!
10 . If an EU Referendum were to take place, how would you encourage your constituents to vote and why?
I would vote to stay in but I am critical of many EU faults and gross waste.

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