Ex-AM Black will not seek As­sem­bly re­turn

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FOR­MER Welsh Lib­eral Demo­crat AM Pe­ter Black has an­nounced he will not be seek­ing to re­turn to the Na­tional As­sem­bly when his party se­lects its list can­di­dates for the 2021 elec­tion early next year.

Mr Black was a re­gional AM for South Wales West from 1999 un­til los­ing his seat in 2016, serv­ing as a deputy min­is­ter dur­ing the coali­tion be­tween his party and Labour that ran Wales from 2000 un­til 2003.

He has de­cided not to put his name for­ward as a can­di­date for 2021 and will in­stead con­cen­trate on his role as Deputy Lord Mayor of Swansea and as a lo­cal coun­cil­lor, as well as pur­su­ing other op­por­tu­ni­ties.

He said: “I had 17 very happy and fruit­ful years in the As­sem­bly in which I suc­cess­fully pi­loted pri­vate mem­bers leg­is­la­tion on park homes onto the statute book, helped set up Wales’ first na­tional home­less­ness strat­egy, ne­go­ti­ated the cre­ation of the Pupil Devel­op­ment Grant to pro­vide ex­tra fund­ing for dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren, led a re­view of school trans­port pol­icy and of spe­cial ed­u­ca­tional needs that is now man­i­fest­ing it­self in new leg­is­la­tion, cam­paigned on many lo­cal is­sues and helped hun­dreds of lo­cal peo­ple with their prob­lems.

“It is now time for oth­ers to take their op­por­tu­nity to make a dif­fer­ence for Wales and our lo­cal area.”

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