Local campaigner Lizzie Gould will be the Party of Wales candidate for the upcoming Riverside by-election. In a competitive selection between three female candidates from all parts of the ward Ms Gould emerged as the selected candidate. The election has been called because the Labour councillor Phil Hawkins stood down.
Ms Gould is a lecturer, fitness instructor and mother who is raising her family with her husband in Riverside.
Speaking after the selection Ms Gould said:
“I really am so excited about having the opportunity to represent this community on the council. Riverside is, for me, the most interesting ward in Wales. So having the double opportunity of both living here and representing here is fantastic.
“I think we all know that the current council needs more scrutiny. Many mistakes have been made and on too many occasions residents have not been listened to and have, quite frankly, been taken for granted.
“I came into politics campaigning to get the streets in Riverside cleaner. Through constant engagement with the council I have managed to achieve that in the area where I live. Now I want to ensure that the whole ward no longer has to suffer from excessive litter and fly-tipping.
“I’m also quite a new member of the Party of Wales. There is just so much positivity and enthusiasm around the party at the moment that I had to join. We have so many good ideas about the economy, education, cleaning up our streets and creating a prosperous city region that doesn’t see the beautiful green areas of Cardiff concreted over. I can’t wait to get out and talk to people about them.
“I know things won’t be easy on the council. The financial situation is very tough but we have to see a rapid improvement in the way the city is run. In order to do this I’m willing to work with and cooperate with anyone in order to get the best deal for Riverside and the best deal for Cardiff.”
Assembly Member for South Wales Central and Leader of Plaid Cymru Leanne Wood said:
“I'm sure that people in Riverside will get to know Plaid Cymru's Lizzie Gould over the coming weeks if they don't know her already. She is energetic, determined and committed to the local area and will make a great representative.
“I’ve been impressed by the work that Lizzie has done as a prominent and active member of the TAG campaign, which has been pushing the council to keep to its word and build the promised Welsh-medium primary school in Grangetown. The evidence used to make this decision was shown by the campaign to be inaccurate. I have raised the issue in the National Assembly with the First Minister.
“I know that Lizzie is still putting pressure on the council to honour its promise to build the school with the funding the Welsh Government has already guaranteed. She is an effective local campaigner but she could be even more effective if she was on the council."