Plaid Cymru candidate for Newport West
Simon Coopey was born and raised in Newport. He attended Monnow Infants & Junior Schools and Bettws High School before leaving school at 18 to work for a local engineering materials firm, starting as a packer in the warehouse and working his way up to become one of the company's most trusted salespeople. While working there full-time Simon graduated from the University of Wales, Newport with a degree in Business Marketing. He briefly left Newport to start his own business in London, but the economic climate caused by the global economic crisis and the opportunity to start a family brought him home to Wales where he now works for a local freight company.
Simon's main political interests are social justice, welfare and promoting private and co-operative enterprise - believing that devolving power and prosperity to our local communities is the key to empowering our nation.
Before joining Plaid Cymru, Simon was active in political and constitutional reform campaigns and continues to pursue these through membership of the Electoral Reform Society.
Away from politics, Simon enjoys learning Welsh with his daughter and has recently discovered the joys of eating home-grown vegetables. He used to enjoy playing rugby but is now content to watch local sides Newport RFC & the Dragons from the sidelines.