Llansamlet Labour Group have selected Matt Jones (pictured above) as the prospective councillor for the ward by-election on May 6th.
Jones fills the vacancy left by the resignation of Mo Sykes after four years as a councillor. She is returning to Ireland to support her elderly parents.
Jones, a married father of two works for Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, is a passionate Labour Party supporter and believes he can bring a great deal to the Llansamlet ward.
“With 25 years’ experience in local authorities I know how the cogs turn and sometimes never fast enough for some,” said Jones.
“Getting residents access to services and the help they need is paramount, as well as being a good listener and having good communication skills that I have gained through my years of working and life experiences.
“I have good classic Labour values: compassion and empathy and a real will to be the voice for the community that I would represent. I, of course, would love to build on the great work already done by our current ward councillors and I would greatly look forward to working as a team.
“There has been wonderful work within the Llansamlet Ward such as upgrading existing and building new play areas with equipment for access for all, Ysgol Lon Las being built becoming a state of the art 21st centaury school and the passionate campaign against the Biffa incinerator to name just a few. Also there is the excellent work done by the Birchgrove Food Bank in supporting some of the most vulnerable in our community.”
Jones, who is in the process of being accepted locally as a school governor, has been a member of a trade union for all his working life. He has applied to be a GMB CLP delegate.
For the past five years he has worked as a Waste Enforcement Officer. This role requires him to investigate fly tipping, littering, dog fouling, abandoned vehicles and all waste related issues throughout the borough.
The other three sitting Llansamlet Labour councillors say they are sad to see Cllr Sykes go but are sure Jones will be a very good replacement.
Cllr Penny Matthews said: “We are all devasted that Mo is going back to Ireland but we understand her family commitments must come first. Mo has been a great colleague and I am sure that there will be lots of people in Llansamlet who will miss her. But we look forward to working with Matt in the by-election.”
Cllr Alyson Pugh said: “Mo and I got elected for the first time together in 2017 and we shared a lot of experiences together. Having Mo as a colleague has been a lot of fun and I will really miss her. We are lucky in having Matt as a candidate for he is really committed to Llansamlet.”
Cllr Ryland Doyle said: “With her background in youth work, Mo was always going to have an impact with young people and children and so it has proved. Working with children and young people has been at the heart of Mo’s time as a councillor, along with her work in supporting the establishment of Birchgrove Food Bank. Matt is a great person to have as a candidate. I have already worked with him and know his commitment to the local community is huge.”
Swansea Labour leader, Cllr Rob Stewart said: “It’s really great to have Matt joining the hard-working Labour team in Llansamlet Ward. Matt lives locally, and knows the area well. Matt also brings a wealth of experience in local government, which will be a huge benefit to the residents of Llansamlet ward. We wish Mo all the best in her new life in Ireland.”