Ruth Jones was born and brought up in Newport. She has worked in the NHS for over 30 years, and is all too knowledgeable about the devastating effects of Tory cuts and privatisation upon our treasured national health service. In 2007, she was elected as President of the Wales Trades Union Congress. With a background as impressive as hers, it’s no wonder how committed she is to fight for equality, justice, and compassion – at both a local and national scale.
The constituency of Newport will be hard-fought. Though it’s been Labour-held since 1983, the anti-Tory vote is now seriously divided: Plaid Cymru, the Green Party, the Liberal Democrats and Labour are all standing, and the Brexit party is likely to shave off some Labour Leavers. Labour is still in front, but this election will be closer than ever before. If you usually vote for Plaid Cymru, the Greens or the Lib Dems, lend your vote to Ruth Jones. Because otherwise, you may wake up on the 13th to being represented by a Tory MP.
Team FFS: Hi Ruth! Can you tell us why you think tactical voting is key in Newport West?
Tactical voting is important in that the election in Newport West is a two horse race between Labour and the Tories. Any vote that doesn’t go to Labour will be a discarded vote and will effectively help the Tories to get in.
Team FFS: Why do you back a Final Say on Brexit?
I believe a Confirmatory Vote is important to ensure that the people of the UK do have a final say on Brexit. Any deal that is negotiated by government should be put back to the people for the final say. Parliament has been struggling to find a way through the Brexit maze for the last 3 and a half years. It is right that the initial referendum should be confirmed or not by the people once the details are explicit and clear. I would want the ballot paper to have two options – the deal versus remain.
Team FFS: Why are young people key in Newport?
Young people should be encouraged to participate in all voting processes. It is their democratic right and more importantly, it is their future. I have met many young people who are both engaged and committed to ensuring that their voice is heard and I would like to encourage them.