Local News & Archive, MP's Casebook — April 18, 2017 at 4:31 pm — Updated: April 18, 2017 at 9:49 pm

Election 2017: Vale of Clwyd MP to defend seat

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The Conservative MP for the Vale of Clwyd says he will defend his Westminster seat following the shock announcement of an early general election.

Dr James Davies said he welcomed Theresa May’s decision to go to the polls on Thursday 8th June and would seek a fresh mandate to represent the Vale of Clwyd in parliament.

Dr Davies won the marginal seat at the last general election in May 2015, ending the 18 year reign of Labour’s Chris Ruane by a majority of just 237 votes.

In a statement on Tuesday afternoon, he said: ”Under Theresa’s strong leadership since last July, the government has continued to fight for higher standards in public services, greater wealth and opportunity creation for all and increased living standards throughout the country.”

”I am proud to represent the Vale of Clwyd in parliament – The area I care about most. I hope to be given a fresh mandate to continue to fight hard for residents in the Vale of Clwyd, representing their views and concerns in parliament.”

Announcing the snap election in Downing Street, Mrs May said she had concluded it was the only way to guarantee certainty and security for ”years ahead” before talks began about Britain’s departure from the European Union.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn welcomed the decision, which would ”give the British people the chance to vote for a government that will put the interests of the majority first”. But the Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, accused the PM of calling the election for ”selfish, narrow, party political interests”.

In Wales, FM Carwyn Jones said the decision to call the general election in the middle of the campaign for local council elections was ”odd” and ”not in the national interest”, and added the focus should be on Brexit and the economy, rather than opinion polls.

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said her party would provide real opposition to the Tories and was ”up for the opportunity to advocate for Wales’ best interests.”

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