Priti Patel visits Mid Wales in last-minute push for votes

Home Secretary Priti Patel visited Mid Wales today in a last-minute push for votes.

Home Secretary Priti Patel in Welshpool with Craig Williams MP and Jon Burns
Home Secretary Priti Patel in Welshpool with Craig Williams MP and Jon Burns

The senior Conservative joined Russell George and Jon Burns on the campaign trail in Welshpool.

Mr George is standing for re-election as Montgomeryshire's Member of the Senedd, while Mr Burns is the Conservative candidate to be Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner.

Ms Patel visited a local coffee shop, a pharmacy and a butchers, before moving on to an Alberbury farm for discussions with farmers.

She was joined by Montgomeryshire's Conservative MP Craig Williams for the visit.

Speaking after the visit, Mr George said the focus on the Welsh Government throughout the pandemic could lead to renewed interest in the election, with more people understanding the influence of the Senedd.

He said: "There has never been an election like it before and from a Senedd point of view the pandemic has illustrated to people that a lot of the decisions that affect their daily lives are made in the Senedd."

Mr George said that seeing the Welsh Government's ability to dictate the rules over families, social interaction and businesses throughout the pandemic, could mean more people seeing the importance of the elections.

He said: "They are such significant rules that it may make people realise the power of the Welsh parliament and in many ways hopefully will see a higher turnout because people realise the impact the Senedd has."

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