Gwynedd councillor: 'We must be proactive in improving diversity on Welsh councils'


Cllr. Catrin Wager who represent the Menai ward on Cyngor Gwynedd

A Gwynedd councillor has said that councillors “need to be proactive in improving diversity on Welsh councils.”

Catrin Elen Wager represents the Menai ward in Bangor, and also serves as Cabinet Member for Highways and Municipal.

She has called on other councillors to take a proactive approach in encouraging people from diverse backgrounds to stand for election


She also reiterated her support for the 50:50 Parliament Campaign, which seeks equal representation for women.

According to the councillor: “Councils are at their best when they have a wealth of voices from a variety of backgrounds sitting on them.

“If Councils, and Governments for that matter, claim to truly represent the people they are supposed to, they need to reflect society as a whole.

“We currently face unprecedented challenges. Climate change. Institutional sexism and racism. Child poverty and hunger. A housing crisis. Brexit. And opportunities being stripped away from our young people. In order to truly tackle these issues, councils need people who understand the issues, and who live these issues everyday.

“That’s why I’m co-organising and chairing a meeting in my area for those considering standing in next year's Council Elections.

Arfon constituency residents are welcome to attend the session, if they register using the following this link.