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Parliamentary and Assembly elections are not due yet (and hopefully this is not tempting fate) however as is customary, the Cardiff North ward has chosen both its prospective candidates; Mo Ali and Joel Williams.

Mo, 35, in his professional life as a communications specialist has led national campaigns for HMG that bring together the third sector and commercial firms to deliver across social, behavioural and economic transformations that strengthen our society. He came to Cardiff aged 3, as a child refugee fleeing the civil war in Somalia, Mo says, ‘My aim is to give back to the country that has afforded me the chance to positively contribute to the rich and diverse tapestry of our society. Knife crime and youth violence and mental health are his main priorities.’

Joel, 23, is a young businessman and currently the youngest Councillor on Cardiff Council. He was born and raised in Cardiff and has lived in the Cardiff North Constituency all of his life. The son of a primary school teacher, Joel understands the importance of public service.

He is passionate about diversity and equality and is a Director & Trustee of Diverse Cymru, a Welsh charity committed to supporting people faced with inequality and discrimination.

We were sad to announce in June that our long-standing friend and colleague Tim Davies passed away after a long, difficult illness. Whilst we, and of course his family, miss him terribly we are also preparing for a by-election in Whitchurch and Tongwynlais.