Nigel Copner

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Plaid Cymru candidate for Blaenau Gwent and third on the South East list

Nigel Copner is from Blaenau Gwent, and was educated at the local comprehensive, Reading and Swansea Universities. He has worked abroad – in Canada and Silicon Valley, and, having established his academic reputation in opto-electronics, returned to his home town of Ebbw Vale to raise his family in 2003. He is now Head and Chair of a Research Centre at the University of South Wales.

His children attend local schools and he became a school governor in 2007. He soon developed concerns about standards and some other aspects of the system, which led to his challenging of the local authority.

Subsequently, his concerns extended to other area of governance, and he realised that as part of the problem was the hegemony of the party of government at both local and national levels, this needed to be changed before improvements could be made. And so, he joined Plaid.

He is now the Assembly candidate for the Blaenau Gwent Constituency in the 2016 election, and is already in discussions with several parties concerning inward investment, improving skills, and employment opportunities within the county borough.

He is not afraid to challenge the status quo, and is deeply committed to the people of Blaenau Gwent, whose interests have not been prioritised by those elected to represent them. He is focused on the future prosperity of Blaenau Gwent, and his campaign message is “Let’s make it happen now!”

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