A LLANDUDNO politician has been given a new role to help combat climate change in Wales.

Aberconwy MS Janet Finch Saunders has been appointed the Welsh Conservatives’ Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Energy and Rural Affairs.

In addition to promoting “bold and innovative” proposal to tackle environmental issues, Mrs Finch Saunders will also seek to champion farmers’ interests, both in Aberconwy and across Wales.

Mrs Finch Saunders said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed as the Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Energy and Rural Affairs. This is a large and important portfolio with a growing number of pressing issues to address.

“There is so much more that the Welsh Government can be doing to radically address Climate Change.”

Her appointment comes following the UK Government’s £350 million investment into cutting emissions in heavy industry as part of its strategy to drive economic recovery from the coronavirus.

Mrs Finch Saunders added: “Climate change is among the greatest challenges of our time. Our nation’s COVID-19 recovery offers an unparalleled opportunity to help stimulate the creation of long-term green collar jobs that will help Wales more effectively meet its carbon emission targets in the years to come.

“It is a sad fact that this coronavirus pandemic has disproportionately impacted our nation’s tourism, heavy industry and arts sectors. The Welsh Government must ensure any proposals for the nation’s green recovery takes this, as well as any concerning regional disparities, into account."