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Selwyn Runnett

Selwyn Runnett has been selected by the Carmarthenshire & Pembrokeshire Liberal Democrats to contest the Carmarthen West & South Pembrokeshire Constituency in the 2015 General Election to be held on 7th May. Selwyn says:

"I'm very pleased to have been selected to contest the General Election in the Constituency where I live and work and am part of the community. The Election on 7th May will be one of the most important for a long time. Every vote will count."

"The Economy is the most important issue in this Election and I want to see a strong local economy. Liberal Democrats in Government have started the long job of fixing the British Economy. Without that strong economy we can't provide the jobs and living standards that people want and expect. Without a strong economy we can't afford to fund our much valued public services."

"If we allow Labour to get back into power, they will just make a mess of things again. The Conservatives have a plan. The problem is that if they gain an overall majority, in the future they will balance the books by cutting public services - hitting the most vulnerable. Plaid Cymru, UKIP and the Greens don't have credible or realistic plans for the Economy. Only the Liberal Democrats will continue the job of fixing the Economy whilst making sure this is done fairly and by creating opportunity for everyone."

If you want to find out more about Selwyn's local campaigning, what he wants to achieve locally and his priorities for both Wales and the wider UK, please visit his dedicated Campaign Website.

About Selwyn - Personal CV

  • Selwyn's professional and work background is in property. He is a Chartered Housing Professional (Chartered Institute of Housing). In the past, he has worked as a senior manager in both local authorities and housing associations. Since 1997 he has been working in the private sector. He is currently a Director of a family lettings and property management company which trades as Runnetts Letting Agents with its offices in Carmarthen and a new office in Haverfordwest, which will open in May. He has a long-standing professional commitment to the private rented sector.
  • He has also been a management consultant specialising in both property services and public sector efficiency improvement.
  • He was born in Manchester and brought-up and went to school in Lancashire, in what is now the West Pennine Moors.
  • He came to live in Wales originally in 1980, as a student at Cardiff University where he gained a degree in Law. He also has a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA).
  • He lives on a smallholding near St Clears with his wife Lindsay.
  • He is not a career politician. He became active in local politics because of his personal experiences of the difficulties the current health and social care system creates for people trying to care for elderly relatives.
  • He has been an active campaigner for more local jobs, improving our local Health Service, getting better rail services for West Wales and improving the way our County Councils work.
  • He has experience as an entrepreneur having created three successful business start-up companies and developed one growth company.
  • He currently works part-time for the Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member, William Powell, dealing with a wide variety of constituency-related issues..
  • He has a long-standing interest and commitment to foreign policy issues, banking and monetary reform, sustainable economics, public sector reform and improvement, small business development and growth, railway investment and development, and also environmental and animal welfare issues.
  • Politically, he is a Member of the Social Liberal Forum, the Green Liberal Democrats and the Liberal Democrat Christian Forum. He supports the PositiveMoney Network.
  • He is a Member of a number of organisations including: the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) - where he is a Committee Member of the Carmarthenshire Branch, Liberty, the Soil Association, Friends of the Earth Cymru, the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, the Farmers' Union of Wales (FUW) and Railfuture.
  • In the past he has been a Committee Member of a YMCA, a Housing Association Board Member, a Visiting Lecturer in Housing Law at Cardiff University and a Visiting Lecturer in Housing Economics at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
  • He is a practicising Christian and is both an Anglican (Church in Wales) and a Member of the Methodist Church. He has also been a Lay Preacher, is researching the theology of Christian Liberalism, and supports the work of the Jubilee Centre.