Alex Meredith

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The economy has risen to the top of the agenda in conversations I’ve been having with members this week. People are worried about jobs and, for some, the changes to the furlough scheme are leading to ruthless redundancies and increased resort to Universal Credit – particularly amongst those with zero hours contracts. Cardiff is particularly vulnerable to the economic impacts of the pandemic. There have been forecasts of unemployment in Cardiff being… Read More

Liberal Democrats believe everyone is entitled to a first-class education. In Cardiff Central Liberal Democrats have long campaigned for expansion of Cardiff High School to ensure that more pupils within the catchment area who choose to go to Cardiff High can get a place. Thanks to our previous campaigns Liberal Democrats secured in 2017 a commitment from Cardiff Council to expand Cardiff High and funding was secured from Liberal Democrat Education Secretary… Read More

A zero-carbon future is an electric future. As well as the electric products we rely on today, in a decarbonised world we will be plugging in more electric transport, heat and industry to the grid. This switch is only possible and environmentally sound because of the rapid expansion in renewable electricity. A decade ago we could barely imagine 10% of our national electricity demand being met by renewables, yet in 2019 that… Read More

Continuing the transport theme, members in Penylan today were highlighting the need to do more to support switching to electric vehicles (EVs).   It is clear that many people will remain reliant on cars, but by switching to EVs (and with renewable electricity delivering a third of our electricity and rising) we can combat climate change and clean up our polluted air.   People want to make that switch. However Wales has… Read More

Parts of Cardiff have undergone a transformation in response to the COVID crisis.  The promotion of active travel options through introducing safe cycle lanes and pedestrianisation is very welcome. However speaking to residents and traders it’s clear that the changes to our city present challenges in terms of maintaining footfall and ensuring the new layouts and removal of parking work for everyone: In Roath, the balance is also challenging.  On Wellfield Road… Read More

To make a difference to people’s lives in Cardiff, we have to win. Yet, for the past two elections we have come third in Cardiff Central. To win again we cannot offer more of the same. To win again we must listen and learn. During this campaign for selection, I will be touring our wonderful communities on a nextbike, speaking to people about the issues that matter to them. Only by reaching out… Read More

Can we Lib Dems sometimes be too focused on the detail and forget to show our passion?  Can we be too captured by the pursuit of a logical answer and forget to show our rage? I will admit that I expected Remain to win the EU Referendum in 2016.  I was convinced that the economic arguments for greater trade, investment and jobs within the EU would prevail over the emotional calls for… Read More

I can remember my first science project when I started comprehensive school in 1991. It was to look at the way carbon dioxide caused the greenhouse effect.  I was no scientist (and am still not!) but the simple explanation of the insulating effect of CO2 and the resultant global warming made sense.  The more I thought about it the more illogical it seemed that we would voluntarily drive our species (and every… Read More