THE Welsh Conservatives have chosen Aled Crow as their candidate for the upcoming Carmarthenshire County Council by-election.

It follows the death of Plaid Cymru’s Alun Davies, who represented the Saron ward.

Aled, who works as a self-employed maths tutor, said: “First of all, I would like to pay tribute to Alun Davies and the work he did on behalf of the Saron community – both as a member of the council and as tireless supporter of the Welsh Air Ambulance service. He will be greatly missed.’

Proposals for changes to the way health care is delivered across West Wales is one of Aled’s major concerns – in particular the possibility of a cut in the number of beds at Amman Valley Hospital.

Aled said: “I would ask Hywel Dda University Health Board to think again. Nobody wants a situation where seriously ill patients have further to travel for treatment. It is extremely worrying.”

Care of the elderly and dementia care are also high on Aled’s agenda – as is creating more opportunities for young people.

“As a former member of Ammanford Youth Council and Carmarthenshire Youth Council, I am best placed to know what young people in this area want and need. It is vital we work towards creating more opportunities here, because young people are the future.”

A former pupil at the local Amman Valley School, Aled is a fluent Welsh speaker.

In his spare time he enjoys hiking and has also served as Youth Secretary of Scouting in Wales.

The election will be held on Thursday 19th July 2018.

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