The Welsh Conservatives have selected Amanda Jenner as their candidate for Ceredigion in next year’s Senedd elections.
Amanda, who is a Powys County Councillor, stood for the seat in the 2019 General Election and managed to increase the Conservative vote share by more than the national average.
Amanda is a past student of Aberystwyth University, where she met her husband, David. After University, Amanda moved to Cardiff, completed a Masters in Law at Cardiff University and went on to become a Solicitor, working for Eversheds Sutherland. Amanda and David later moved to Mid Wales and Amanda retrained as a Secondary School Teacher, teaching English and Law.
Commenting on her selection, Amanda said
“I’m so pleased to be standing once again as a candidate in Ceredigion. It’s a place close to my heart, having studied here and with our family connections to Tregaron.”
The former solicitor lists business, farming, and localism as her priorities.
On farming, Amanda says that farmers need clarity on what financial support will be available post-2021. She says the Welsh Government must listen to their views and new schemes must be adequately piloted before being rolled out.
She said: “I believe that our renowned quality food production is key to a sustainable Wales. Farmers are already part of the green solution and I will work to ensure their needs are not overlooked.”
Welsh Labour’s out of touch approach to business has discouraged new start-ups, and Amanda believes the whole system needs to be overhauled. She has also pledged to work hard to ensure Ceredigion businesses benefit from a share of the Mid Wales Growth Deal package for the area.
Turning to Localism, a campaign for major planning decisions to be made at local authority level – as opposed to by ministers in Cardiff – is also high on Amanda’s agenda. She said: “Local people know their area best. They know how large-scale developments will impact their communities. I will continue to fight to ensure local people are meaningfully consulted and listened to on all decisions that impact them.”
As well as her council role, Amanda also works in the office of Montgomeryshire MS, Russell George. She is a governor at two schools and a co-founder of CymruFuture– a networking group for young and junior professionals.
In her spare time, Amanda loves reading and being outdoors with her family. She is also learning Welsh and attends weekly lessons.
Patrick Loxdale, Chairman of Ceredigion Conservatives, commented;
“I am delighted that we have now selected our Candidate for next May’s Senedd election. We were fortunate to have a number of strong applicants for this position. Since last year’s General Election, Amanda has worked incredibly hard to drill down into the issues that need to be addressed if Ceredigion is to reach its full potential. Unashamedly pro-business and farming, Amanda is also passionate about the duty of Government to provide high quality and great value public services, including transport and infrastructure. She has the vision to find solutions to the problems we face and the energy to push tirelessly to get them implemented. Moreover, she has the first-hand experience of both local and national Welsh politics, so she knows how to get things done.
Amanda is a great candidate for The Welsh Conservatives in Ceredigion, and she will make a fantastic MS.
We want the people of Ceredigion to get to know Amanda; when they do they will realise that it is The Welsh Conservatives who have the ideas that will make Ceredigion an even better place in which to live, to work, to learn and to raise a family”.