The Welsh Liberal Democrats have announced Monmouthshire Councillor Jo Watkins as their lead candidate for South Wales East in next year’s Senedd election
Jo Watkins is the Liberal Democrat Group Leader on Monmouthshire County Council, having won her seat in 2017.
As a Caldicot Councillor, Jo has a track record of holding her council to account, fighting for improvements to education, better public transport, and tackling poverty. Jo is also a mother of two school age children, runs her own small business and has been managing a local Food Bank throughout the Covid-19 crisis.
A keen environmentalist, last year Jo successfully persuaded Monmouthshire County Council to declare a council-wide climate emergency, making it the first council in Gwent to do so. She believes that swift action on climate change is necessary to secure a safe and prosperous planet for future generations, and also represents an opportunity for growth in new skills, business, jobs and innovation across Wales.