Ian James Johnson

Plaid Cymru candidate for the Vale of Glamorgan

Cllr Johnson was elected to both the Vale of Glamorgan and Barry Town Councils in August 2012 after a historic by-election win that saw a swing of 12.3% from Labour to Plaid Cymru, winning the seat for Plaid at county council level for the first time.

Ian is from Barry, where he was educated at Romilly Infants and Junior schools and Barry Boys' Comprehensive, before studying at University College London and completing his PhD at Cardiff University.

Always active in the local community, Ian is a school governor at his former comprehensive school, Barry Comprehensive, and also at Gladstone Primary School. He is a trustee for the Alexandra Gardens Community Association, where the new hall and play area have recently been opened. Ian is also a member of the organizing committee for the Barry Arts Festival and the President of Cadoxton Barry Football Club who run senior, junior and mini football teams in Barry.

Ian is known for his strong links with local football, having previously been the matchday magazine and website editor for Barry Town FC during the club's glory years of the 1990s and early twenty-first century, and was a sports writer for both the Barry & District News and the Barry Gem newspapers.

Politically, Ian is Plaid Cymru's Head of Policy and previously worked at Westminster, where he won the Dods/epolitix Minority Parties' Researcher of the Year award in 2011 for his work in uncovering stories that were part of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.

On the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Ian has successfully exposed the flaws in the Council's Local Development Plan, showing how the council wish to build almost double the number of required houses in the county, and argued against cuts to front-line services and in favour of a Living Wage for council staff. He is a member of the council's Social Care and Health committee, pressing for better social care for older people.

With a council ward that includes iconic Barry sites such as the Carnegie-funded County Library, the Memorial Hall Theatre and Jenner Park sports stadium, as well as the Green-flag Central Park and the town centre and parts of the Waterfront, Ian is concerned with economic development and job creation in Barry, ensuring that there are links between Barry Island, the Waterfront and town centre and that local people are able to benefit from this redevelopment of Barry.

Ian said, "Plaid Cymru is a party that is aspirational for Wales and for the communities throughout our country. We want to secure the change Wales needs to make our economy stronger by creating more and better paid jobs, with a living wage, want to ensure world class but distrinctly Welsh National Health Service by training 1,000 more doctors, and give our children the best start in life with top quality teaching. Our ambition to do better is what makes Plaid Cymru the best choice for Vale of Glamorgan residents in this election."

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