Jeremy Miles was elected as Welsh Labour and Co-Op Assembly Member for Neath on May 5th 2016. In the latest in our series of interviews with new Assembly Members, we caught up with Jeremy to ask him a few questions.
What were your first thoughts when you heard you had been elected?
A sense of responsibility to people in Neath to make good on the promises I made during the election campaign and a sense of the opportunity, having been elected, to make a difference. Also, to be honest, a sense of relief!
What will your first priorities be as Assembly Member for Neath?
It’s really important for me to continue the tone of our campaign which was to be available to as many people, in all parts of the constituency, as possible. We have more than 70,000 residents, as well as hundreds of businesses, public sector and voluntary sector organisations - and I and my constituency team are here to support them all. Specifically, I want to focus on what we can do to address some of the issues I campaigned on and which came up on the door – around transport, access to services, and strengthening the local economy and jobs market.
Looking forward to this Assembly term, what are you most excited about?
Wales is a small country and I’m keen to help make sure that the Assembly is as close as possible to people, open to new ideas to help make the most of our potential and solve some of our challenges. So I’m very excited about that.
How should people get in touch with if they want to discuss a constituency issue with you?
My constituency office is at 7 High Street, Pontardawe, SA8 4HU (just along from The Cross). Anyone can visit, or write to me there, or phone on 01792 869993. Otherwise by email to email@example.com. I am working on my website www.jeremymiles.cymru but when that’s done, it will have details of all upcoming local advice surgeries - and constituents can just come along, there’s no need to make an appointment.