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Communist Party parliamentary candidate for Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney Rob Griffiths has slammed the spread of opencast coal mining schemes across south Wales as ‘a blight on local communities and jobs’.

‘Only the Communist Party is calling in this election for sweeping measures to tax the rich and big business, end austerity, take energy and the railways back into public ownership and for Britain to leave the EU and NATO’, the party’s General Secretary Robert Griffiths declared today (Tuesday April 21).

Communist candidate for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, Laura-Jane Rossington, went down a storm at Thursday's election hustings hosted by City College Plymouth. The 18 year old student spoke passionately about the issues facing young people in Plymouth and delivered a simple message - tax the rich. This is her opening statement.

Communist Party parliamentary candidate for Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney, Rob Griffiths, threw down the gauntlet to his Labour, LibDem and Tory rivals on Wednesday evening, with veteran independent councillor Julian Amos describing Rob Griffiths as "head and shoulders" above them all