Labour’s Ruth Jones is formally in the running to be the next Member of Parliament for Newport West.
As nominations opened on Wednesday (6/3/19), Ruth delivered her papers to the Returning Officer at Newport Civic Centre. They were accepted and Ruth stands nominated for the seat left vacant by the death of long-serving Welsh Labour MP, Paul Flynn.
Among the Newport West residents nominating Ruth were local AM Jayne Bryant, council leader Debbie Wilcox and former Assembly Member and Presiding Officer of the National Assembly, Dame Rosemary Butler.
Ruth is a local candidate, born and bred on the Gaer in Newport. She attended Duffryn Comprehensive School (Now John Frost School) before training to be a physiotherapist. She now lives in Allt-yr-yn with her husband and is a governor at Glasllwch Primary, where her children attended school.
Ruth spent over 30 years in the National Health Service – working at Nevill Hall Hospital, Panteg Stroke Unit and Serennu Children’s Centre in Newport. In 2007, Ruth was elected as President of the Wales Trades Union Congress (TUC).
As a volunteer at a local night shelter scheme in the city, Ruth has seen how the Tories’ Universal Credit has pushed people out of their homes and onto the streets.
Ruth Jones, Welsh Labour Candidate for Newport West said:
“I was born and bred in Newport. It’s the place I call home. I worked in the NHS for over thirty years and in my current job, I speak up for people who have been treated poorly at work. With this experience, I will fight to ensure people get a fair deal and can rely on the vital services that are so important to families across Newport.
This by-election is about the issues that matter to local people, and I will always do the right thing for Newport West. The Tories have inflicted a decade of cuts on our public services, slashed the number of police on our streets and driven hardworking people into poverty.
I will stand up for the economy, jobs and people of Newport West.”