Philippa Thompson : Welsh Labour Candidate for Preseli Pembrokeshire
I returned with my family to live near my parents in Pembrokeshire after serving 30 years in the Diplomatic Service.
My last postings were as British Deputy High Commissioner to the Seychelles; at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the Council of Europe Team for negotiations of reform of the European Court of Human Rights; and in the Human Rights Department’s Equality and Non-discrimination Team.
During the fight to keep a Sixth Form at my sons’ school in Haverfordwest, I was concerned that school standards were slipping and spoke out about that. One thing led to another and, in 2017, I came within just 314 votes of winning the Preseli Pembrokeshire seat for the Labour Party.
Austerity – the cuts to our public services – has been a political choice and people here in Pembrokeshire have faced hardship because of this choice. The Welsh budget has been consistently cut by the Tories. That impacts on the money available to the Welsh Labour Government to invest in our public services, including the NHS. I have campaigned for Withybush A&E and, if elected, would campaign to give Wales a fairer share of the budget to spend on our vital public services.
Only a Labour Government will invest in our country to bring about the real change we need, investing in our public services, protecting working people, and tackling climate change. There are real opportunities for Pembrokeshire with all of these, especially through Labour’s plans for a Green Industrial Revolution.
If elected, I am offering to use my considerable experience as a representative of the United Kingdom overseas
to represent all of us here in Preseli Pembrokeshire.