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Jo Watkins
Candidate for Islwyn

Jo has been an active member of the Liberal Democrats since 2015 and has campaigned across Mid and South Wales. She is the Lib Dem Group Leader on Monmouthshire County Council and Chair of Democratic Services for the Council.  She is a mother of two school age children, and runs her own small business.

Jo is passionate about education and is a keen advocate of the new Welsh curriculum.  She is keen to encourage local government to take full advantage of the opportunities that this new curriculum presents.  Jo has a particular focus on supporting increased nursery provision and wrap-around-care, as well getting children access to special educational needs provision where they require it. She takes a proactive approach to planning, and has fought vigorously to ensure that the many new housing developments spring up across the region have appropriate school, health and transport infrastructure in place before they are built, rather than allowing existing services to be overloaded.

Jo is a keen environmentalist, and successfully persuaded Monmouthshire County Council to make a cross-party declaration of a council-wide climate emergency.  She believes that swift action on climate change is not just necessary to secure a safe and prosperous planet for future generations, but also represents an opportunity for growth in new skills, business, jobs and innovation across Wales.

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