Jan Saboor at Holyhead Council offices
Jan Saboor at Holyhead Council offices

Jennifer Saboor has been announced as Labour’s County Council candidate for Caergybi ward in the by-election to be held on the 6 May.

Jennifer was born, raised and lives in Holyhead.  She is a mother and grandmother and a proud and fluent Welsh speaker who believes every child should get an equal opportunity to speak the language from an early age.

Jennifer is currently a Holyhead Town Councillor, and comments, “I am very proud of the services we provide as a Town Council especially our town park, cinema, allotments, playing fields, public toilets, and Maeshyfryd Cemetery.

“At the Town Park, the council are committed to providing facilities for young people and families to enjoy outdoor activities. The Pavillion cafe, skatepark and outdoor gym have been a great success. Future facilities will include a 3G pitch and car park & a bicycle pump track.”

Jennifer is one of three women candidates standing for Labour in the Senedd election and two County Council by-elections.

She observes, “We have great women and young people in our community, but they are underrepresented at County Council level and in other institutions. I want to encourage and support them to take part and speak up so their views, voices and ideas inform local decisions, plans and direction.”

Jennifer explains her priorities and motivations:

“The Coronavirus pandemic has affected all of our lives, adding to the many challenges we face, not least in the provision of local health care and GP support. I will fight hard for a Health Centre for Holyhead, in the town centre, so all residents can easily access the much-needed facilities.

“I will use my experience as a town councillor and the knowledge I have gained through my employment in local businesses, the public sector and the media to constructively represent you on the County Council, listening to your views and speaking up on your behalf.

“I worked at Digartref supporting vulnerable young people, enabling them to access training and life skills to move on successfully with their lives, and as a result I have a good knowledge of housing issues, housing law, Child Protection and POVA issues. My work in News and Current Affairs at HTV in Cardiff led to my interest in local, national and global issues and the importance of democracy in ensuring a better world for us all.

“As Albert Owen’s (ex-MP for Ynys Môn) caseworker I supported constituents on his behalf and understand how things work – housing, rent, council tax, parking, roads, social services, refuse /recycling, environmental health, neighbour disputes – with a knowledge of who’s best to approach and who can help.

“I will also prioritise housing and local transport.  We need to build more energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly social housing that is conducive to the well-being of the tenants.

“Our local transport, especially our bus services don’t serve our community as they should: we need to encourage use of local transport by offering quicker bus routes and cheaper fares to get buses full and economically viable.

“Jobs and employment are a vital concern for the people of our town. I will work with other councillors and potential employers to attract good quality, secure jobs and training opportunities to Holyhead.

“The pandemic has especially highlighted the importance of leisure and outdoors.  We need better opportunities for all ages – parks and walking / cycle routes, public toilets – and we must look after our green spaces, plant trees and protect our wildlife from over-development.

“Over the last year I have been busy volunteering with Medrwn Môn, shopping and picking up prescriptions for those shielding, and recently I have volunteered at Ysbyty Penrhos Stanley, helping with the vaccination rollout and collecting Covid tests for IoACC.

“I also help out at the Holyhead Festival, a great community event which was greatly missed in 2020. Let’s hope it can go ahead again soon.

“Finally, I am also a 1950s woman and will continue to campaign for compensation for the women affected by the changes to the state pension law.

“Honesty, openness and transparency are values I hold dear, I will not compromise on these principles.”

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