Former policeman standing for election in Elli Ward

ONE of the leading campaigners in the Stradey Park Hotel campaign will be standing for election in next week’s hotly-contested polls for Llanelli’s Elli Ward.

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Steve Williams will be standing in both elections – for a place on Llanelli Town Council and a seat on Carmarthenshire County Council.

Steve lives in the heart of the Elli Ward in New Road.

“I am someone who knows the patch of the Elli Ward inside out and I promise to be the honest, sensible and balanced voice our community needs,” said Steve, who will be standing as an independent candidate.

“The Elli Ward has been represented by a strong and independent voice for a number of years in the shape of Cllr John Jenkins, whose retirement has forced these by-elections.

“John deserves the thanks of everyone in the community for his tireless work, dedication and commitment.
“It’s a big pair of shoes to fill, but I have a strong feeling the Elli Ward would like to carry on its fiercely independent tradition and elect someone who is not tied to party politics – someone who cares passionately for the area and someone who is not afraid to stand up and fight for the community.”

Steve served as a Dyfed-Powys police officer for more than 30 years, working in a variety of roles and often on high-profile cases.

Since retiring in 2019, he has played an active role with Furnace United RFC.

His involvement with the successful campaign to stop the Stradey Park Hotel being used for asylum seekers started with a memorable speech to the 400 people who attended the first public meeting to discuss the plan.
His work for the campaign included holding the Home Office to account for their lack of due diligence. He also represented the community at three High Court hearings in London.

Steve added: “By any standards, this has been an interesting year for Llanelli and I’m proud to have played a part in a successful public campaign.

“My promise to the people of the Elli Ward is that I will work tirelessly to represent the community on both councils. I will be fearless in being a strong and independent voice for the people of the ward.”

You can find out more about Steve on his Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=61555339665037

 

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