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News from the Welsh Lib Dems

  • Kirsty Williams portrait
    Article: Dec 19, 2014

    Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Kirsty Williams is seeking cross-party consensus to let the Welsh Assembly set the voting age in Wales, so it can be lowered to 16 in time for the 2016 Assembly elections.

    Kirsty Williams has drafted a letter to Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb asking for the power to lower the voting age be devolved to the Welsh Assembly, and has asked the other three Welsh party leaders to co-sign it.

  • Cadan ap Tomos
    Article: Dec 19, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats have selected fluent Welsh speaker Cadan ap Tomos to stand in the 2015 General Election for the party in Cardiff West.

    Cadan, who is the party's youngest ever candidate for the seat, grew up in Ceredigion before going on to study at the University of York. Having moved to Cardiff he now works in the Welsh Assembly, helping the Welsh Liberal Democrats hold the Welsh Labour Government to account. Cadan has also worked as a Welsh translator.

  • Kirsty Williams AdLib Shoot
    Article: Dec 17, 2014

    On the day that the Wales Bill receives Royal Assent, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have hailed the Act as a "landmark step" in the Welsh devolution journey.

    The new Wales Act will give the Welsh Government greater financial powers, including the ability to vary some taxes and to borrow up to £1bn.

    Kirsty Williams AM, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:

  • Selwyn Runnett
    Article: Dec 17, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats have selected Selwyn Runnett to represent the Party in Carmarthen West & South Pembrokeshire for the forthcoming General Election.

    Selwyn Runnett is a respected local property professional and a Director within a family owned local lettings agency. Selwyn lives in Meidrim, Carmarthenshire and works from offices in both Carmarthenshire & Pembrokeshire. He is Chair of the Carmarthenshire & Pembrokeshire Liberal Democrats, is active within the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) locally and is a lay preacher.

  • Rainbow flag
    Article: Dec 17, 2014

    A report released by Stonewall Cymru showing that homophobic bullying is still a major issue demonstrates the Welsh Labour Government's bullying guidance isn't working, the Welsh Lib Dems have said.

    Stonewall Cymru's The Teachers' Report found that 87% of Welsh secondary school teachers say homophobic bullying happens in their school. It also found that 85% of school staff have not received specific training on how to tackle homophobic bullying, and shockingly a third of teachers hear homophobic language from other school staff.

  • Article: Dec 17, 2014

    The Welsh unemployment rate is reducing at a slower rate than any other UK region new figures released today show.

    Statistics published by ONS show that compared to last year the Welsh unemployment rate dropped by just 0.3%, compared to 1.3% in Northern Ireland, 1.6% in Scotland and the South West, 2% in the West Midlands, 2.3% in London.

  • Mark Williams and Bryn Ebenezer
    Article: Dec 15, 2014

    Ceredigion's Welsh Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams has added support to the campaign to re-open the Aberystwyth to Carmarthen rail line, marking the 50th Anniversary of the last use of the train line (on 12th December 1964) by visiting the signal box records collected that day by Bryn Ebenezer, Penparcau.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2014

    Former Swansea City Council Leader Chris Holley has been chosen by the Welsh Liberal Democrats as their candidate for the marginal Swansea West constituency in May's General Election.

    Councillor Holley, has represented the Cwmbwra ward in the City since 1985 and was leader of Swansea Council from 2004 to 2012. He is a former Lord Mayor of Swansea and has recently been awarded the OBE for services to politics and his local community.

  • Victor Babu
    Article: Dec 12, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats have selected Dr Victor Babu to represent the party in Aberconwy for the forthcoming General Election.

    Dr Victor Babu, a well respected surgeon who has worked in Glan Clwyd Hospital for over a decade, lives with his family in Colwyn Bay.

    In 2012, Dr Babu was the recipient of the 'BEST doctor Wales' for the year for "bringing innovation into the education."

  • Article: Dec 10, 2014

    Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Kirsty Williams won the AM of the Year award at the Welsh Political Awards last night.

    She was recognised for her hard work in securing a £223m budget deal from the Welsh Government, which includes extra support for the poorest school pupils in Wales, as well as tirelessly holding First Minister Carwyn Jones and the Welsh Labour Government to account.

  • Article: Dec 9, 2014

    The Welsh Government's legislation on animal welfare does not go far enough to tackle many of the issues surrounding dog breeding in Wales, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have claimed today.

    The Animal Welfare (Breeding of Dogs) aims to stop 'puppy farms', where dogs may be kept in cramped conditions with little concern for their needs. However, campaigners have continuously voiced their concerns that the proposed maximum ratio of one member of staff to every 20 dogs is still too high.

  • Article: Dec 9, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats have revealed through a Freedom of Information request that the new North-South air link will cost Welsh taxpayers £3.94 million pounds over a period of four years.

    Links Air are being awarded their second contract tomorrow (Wednesday 10th) with Welsh taxpayers subsidising every seat on every flight by almost £50.

  • Kirsty Brecon Hospital
    Article: Dec 2, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats' More Nurses campaign has reached the next stage today as Kirsty Williams' bill was published for the first time.

    Kirsty's bill, which aims to ensure safe nurse staffing levels in hospitals, will be introduced in the Assembly tomorrow. Previously, the Senedd debates have been based on the general principle of the bill; today the bill is formally published before it heads to the health committee for the first stage of scrutiny.

  • Peter Black conference
    Article: Dec 2, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander MP has today announced that the Swansea Bay lagoon will be included in the Coalition Government's National Infrastructure Plan.

    Reacting to the news, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West Peter Black said:

    "This announcement is great news and shows the effect of having a Liberal Democrat Energy Minister.

  • Aled Roberts AM talking with pupils
    Article: Nov 28, 2014

    On the 10th anniversary of free school breakfasts in Wales, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Minister Aled Roberts writes...

    Despite free school breakfasts having been in place for ten years now, still only one in every five children are benefitting from them. A significant number of our poorest children aren't even getting free breakfasts, which means this scheme is falling short of the Welsh Government's original aims.

  • Kirsty Williams AdLib Shoot
    Article: Nov 27, 2014

    Today, the Smith Commission report has been published, setting out the agreed cross-party vision for devolution to Scotland.

    Responding to the, Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Kirsty Williams said:

    "I welcome today's Smith Commission report which I believe is another giant step towards the long held Liberal Democrat vision of a Federal United Kingdom and Home Rule.

  • Page: Nov 25, 2014

    Welsh Liberal Democrat Conference

    Conference is the sovereign body of the Welsh Liberal Democrats. It is where policy is debated and decided. It is where our members hold our elected representatives to account. It is also an opportunity for members to network and learn best practices from the council chamber to the Assembly Siambr and beyond. It is also where external organisations get to meet with our elected representatives and our grassroots members, where they can put forward their ideas and policy suggestions.

  • Arriva Trains Wales carriage
    Article: Nov 25, 2014

    The Welsh Lib Dems are urging the Welsh Government to use its newly devolved powers around rail franchising to plan for the future with a Welsh Rolling Stock Strategy, investing in new train carriages and ensuring the future growth of our rail services.

    Around 73% of the existing fleet of carriages will be unable to operate after 2020 due to electrification, franchise renewal and EU accessibility legislation coming into force. The Welsh Lib Dems want the Welsh Government to put plans in place now to ensure this is done smoothly and efficiently.

  • Mental health
    Article: Nov 25, 2014

    A Welsh Assembly inquiry into Welsh Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) has found that the service "does not have capacity to meet the demands currently placed on it."

    Over the last four years, there has been a 100% increase in demand for CAMHS, yet the Children, Young People and Education Committee found that evidence "overwhelmingly suggest a perception of significant under-capacity within specialist CAMHS and this was leading to long waiting lists and increasing difficulties in accessing the service."

  • Eluned Parrott portrait (Stephen Radford)
    Article: Nov 21, 2014

    Eluned Parrott AM, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Minister, has welcomed the news that the Welsh rail franchise will be devolved to the Welsh Government and that the Valleys lines electrification will go ahead. She writes below...

    Today's announcement is a landmark as it means decisions on Welsh train services will now be made in Wales. The fact that this power has been brought closer to the people of Wales shows just how strong the Liberal Democrat influence is in the Wales Office.