Dame Nia Griffith MP confirmed as Labour candidate for Llanelli

The Llanelli Labour Party has confirmed that Dame Nia Griffith will be once again standing as its candidate for the Llanelli Constituency at next month’s General Election.

Dame Nia, a former comprehensive school teacher and a founder member of a local Women’s Aid organisation before she was first elected as the area’s MP in 2005, said:

“I’m proud to call Llanelli my home and it is a huge privilege to have been able to serve the community in which I live as it’s voice in Westminster. After the last 14 years of Tory chaos and failure, this General Election is a real chance for local people to help the country turn over a new page and get our future back.

Under the Tories, so many people across the Llanelli constituency have struggled with soaring food prices and higher household bills. Now more than ever, we need a Labour UK Government in Westminster to tackle the cost-of-living crisis, get the economy growing, rebuild our public services and make everyone, not just the few, better off.”

An active, passionate campaigner on local issues including, most recently, fighting to safeguard hundreds of steel jobs at Tata’s Trostre site and opposing Plaid Cymru controlled Carmarthenshire County Council’s plans to shelve a new build school for pupils with additional learning needs at Ysgol Heol Goffa, Dame Nia also volunteers in her spare time with a foodbank based in Llanelli and with the Llanelli Railway Goods Shed Trust.

In Parliament, she has previously been Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales and Shadow Minister for International Trade and until Parliament dissolved for the General Election period, served as Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office. She has also been a member of All Party Parliamentary Groups on Steel, Motor Neurone Disease, State Pension Inequality for Women and Modern Languages.

Speaking ahead of the General Election scheduled to take place on Thursday, 4th July, she added:

“The people of Llanelli have an important decision to make on polling day about what kind of country they want to see for the next five years.

This election will be a choice between the same old division and self interest of the Tories or a new, rejuvenated Labour Party that will put hardworking local families first, deliver economic stability, cut NHS waiting times and make our streets safer.

It was a Labour-Tory two horse race in the constituency at the last General Election. I will continue to take nothing for granted and will be fighting for every single vote.”

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