Plaid Cymru reveal candidate for Risca East by-election
Plaid Cymru has chosen Matthew Farrell as its candidate to fight the Risca East by-election on Caerphilly County Borough Council on May 2.
Mr Farrell, 24, who works for the Department of the Work and Pensions, said the by-election would give residents in Risca East an opportunity to give their verdict on the recent pay scandal which has engulfed the local authority.
Matthew, who stood at the council elections last May, said: “The exorbitant increases awarded by the Labour council have caused outrage in Risca, as well as across the whole of the county borough.
“Residents are asking me how could a Labour council, which is supposed to look after ordinary people, support a huge hike for those at the top of the council. What planet are they on because they don’t live in the real world? This was pushed through by Labour at a time when ordinary workers have had their pay frozen.
“And to make things worse the decision was unlawful. What a way to run a council. Risca deserves better than an out-of-touch Labour Party, who prefer to reward the already well-rewarded.
“Plaid blocked these pay hikes while running Caerphilly and I would not support any pay rise for the highly paid.”
Mr Farrell, who also works as a sports therapist with a number of high profile football clubs, spent the summer working as a Games Maker at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.
He has been previously organised community and charity events in Risca and worked with local residents associations and Risca United AFC. A member of PCS trade union, Matthew is a community councillor for Risca East.
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