Craig, Can you tell us why you want to be an MP?
I believe that an MP should be a champion for local people, standing up for what really matters to them and their family. Living in Cardiff, I understand that and I will listen to what local people have to say and take action. I am passionate about representing the people of Cardiff and having spent several years on Cardiff City Council know people want a straight speaking politician who can answer yes or no, I will do that.
But why would you make a good representative for Cardiff North?
I hope the fact I am grounded in Cardiff life, living in the city and raising my young family with my wife Clare, means I understand the issues facing many residents. Over the last decade I have been actively representing communities across Cardiff; as a snapshot of this I have been campaigning to refill Llanishen reservoir, petitioning to stop 45,000 houses and I successfully worked with Cllr Dianne Rees to secure a new school in Pontprennau.
Apart from being a local family man, what other experience do you have?
Well, I am a second term Cardiff City Councillor; I understand our city, our problems, challenges and more importantly the great potential. Chairing Cardiff’s Economy and Culture Committee has given me a wealth of experience in supporting economic development, to give us the local jobs and opportunities to make Cardiff prosper. I also sit on the board of Cardiff Bus and understand the huge transport issues in our City.
Aside from politics, what makes you tick?
Until recently it was rugby, real ale, relaxing, and walking my nutty Welsh Springer Spaniel, Winston. With an active toddler, and another child on the horizon, it’s been less rugby and real ale and definitely no relaxing!