Former languages teacher Janet Ellard has been unanimously selected by local Welsh Liberal Democrat members as their candidate in the upcoming Ogmore Parliamentary by-election.
Janet spent over 20 years as a modern languages teacher and lecturer and an assistant examiner. She is currently a Volunteer Manager for a youth homeless charity, and until recently volunteered with the Asylum Justice project.
Speaking following her selection, Janet Ellard said:
“I'm delighted to have been chosen by the Welsh Liberal Democrats to contest this by-election and fight for the people of Ogmore.
“I want to spend the campaign listening to people's concerns across the constituency, and use my experience of working with young homeless people to give a voice to those who can't speak up for themselves.
“Welsh Liberal Democrats have a strong record of delivering for Ogmore. Our influence in the Assembly secured millions of pounds extra for schools across our area, going straight to help some of our most deprived children fulfil their potential.
“I vow will fight hard to improve local health services which have suffered so badly under 17 years of Labour rule from Cardiff Bay. I will stand against any fracking in Llanharan and push for a much-needed bypass for the town.”
Welcoming Janet's selection, Peter Black AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, said:
“Janet Ellard will make an excellent voice in Parliament after so many years of neglect by endless Labour politicians taking the people of Ogmore for granted. I look forward to joining her on the campaign trail in the coming weeks.”