Lindsay Whittle to stand for Caerphilly in UK General Election

06/05/2017


Campaigning Lindsay Whittle has been selected as Plaid Cymru’s candidate for the Caerphilly constituency in the UK General Election on Thursday, June 8th.

Lindsay, who has served Caerphilly as a councillor for more than 40 years, said: “I’m delighted to recive a vote of confidence of party members in Caerphilly, where was I born and live. My family live here, it’s where I belong and an area I’m very proud and passionate about.

Lindsay has campaigned vigorously against the Labour council’s housing free-for-all which threatens precious green fields across the county borough.

“Caerphilly county borough faces gridlock if more housing developments are allowed – the infrastructure in terms of roads, schools and doctor’s surgeries is creaking at the seams.

“Brown field sites should always been used first for new housing and we should be tackling in a big name the issue of empty private homes. Labour has represented this area at Westminster for decades but what have they actually achieved?

“The Tories have never been Wales’ friends while Labour is weak and divided and unable to offer strong opposing to the Tories. If elected, I and all Plaid MPs will use every day to fight for the best deal for Wales as we head for Brexit and we will defend our nation against the cruel and reckless Tories.”

In the 1980s Lindsay supported striking coal miners during the long strike and has been at the forefront of  dozens of various rallies and campaigns  Lindsay’s helped thousands of constituents over the years in his role as a councillor.

Lindsay is a former housing manager in Cardiff – a career he pursued for 25 years. He was also the leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council from 2008-2011, a post he served in for a second time, after previously leading the authority between 1999 and 2004. He was a member of the National Assembly between 2011 and 2016, representing the south-east Wales region.

 He is chair of the governors for his old school, Cwm Ifor Primary in Caerphilly, where he also volunteers. Lindsay is a fervent Wales rugby fan.