The Welsh Liberal Democrats have selected fluent Welsh speaker Cadan ap Tomos to stand in the 2015 General Election for the party in Cardiff West.
Cadan, who is the party's youngest ever candidate for the seat, grew up in Ceredigion before going on to study at the University of York. Having moved to Cardiff he now works in the Welsh Assembly, helping the Welsh Liberal Democrats hold the Welsh Labour Government to account. Cadan has also worked as a Welsh translator.
Cadan joined the Liberal Democrats in 2011, and was instrumental in the campaign to lower the cost of public transport for young people in Wales. This campaign resulted in a bus pass discount for 16-18 year olds being agreed in the recent budget deal between the Welsh Liberal Democrats and the Welsh Government, due to begin in September 2015.
After his selection, Cadan ap Tomos said:
"I'm delighted to have been selected to fight Cardiff West for the Welsh Lib Dems. Labour has been taking our communities for granted for far too long, and I look forward to running a strong campaign in the run up to next May.
"Having seen what the Welsh Lib Dems have achieved by winning extra funding for our poorest pupils, it's clear that only the Liberal Democrats will create opportunity for everyone in Wales. Having already delivered an £800 tax cut for thousands of low and middle earners across Cardiff, we will go further in the next Parliament by pushing for an extra £400 tax cut."
Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Kirsty Williams congratulated Cadan on his selection. She added:
"As part of the Welsh Lib Dem team in the Assembly, Cadan's help in holding the Welsh Labour Government to account is invaluable. He is a terrific candidate with a breadth of experience who I know will work tirelessly for the people of Cardiff."