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Mark Williams

MP for Ceredigion

Mark Williams

Mark Williams entered Parliament at his fourth attempt in 2005, regaining this seat from Plaid Cymru after 13 years.

After attending Richard Hale Secondary School, Hertford, Mark Williams read politics at Aberystwyth University. In what spare time Mark has he enjoys walking, his garden and an ever growing collection of political biographies.

After graduating Mark became a part-time researcher to the Liberal Peers in the House of Lords, but was determined to stay in Ceredigion; until 1992 he spent half the week and all the Parliamentary holidays there as assistant to Geraint Howells. Mark then trained to be a teacher at the University of Plymouth and taught in England for several years before becoming Deputy Head of Ysgol Llangors, nr Brecon, in 2000.

He joined the Welsh Select Committee in 2005 and in 2006 he was appointed to the Welsh Affairs team; he had previously been a member of the Education team [2005-06].

Experience

Deputy Head Teacher, Ysgol Llangors, Nr Brecon

Parliamentary Experience

2006- Shadow Welsh Affairs spokesperson, 2005-6 Shadow Education Minister, 2005- Welsh Select Committee, Candidate in 2000 Ceredigion by-election and 2001 general election, Candidate in 1997 for Monmouth

Interests

Walking, camping, reading biographies. Political interests: education, rural affairs.

Memberships

NASUWT, Countryside Alliance, Research assistant, Liberal/Lib Dem Peers 1987-92; Member, Welsh Lib Dems Executive 1991-92; Constituency assistant, Geraint Howells MP 1987-92; President, Ceredigion Lib Dems 1998-2000; Welsh LibDem Campaign Cttee 2000.

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Recent Updates

  • Mark Williams
    Article: Jun 4, 2014

    Today the Government announced in the Queen's Speech that it will bring forward proposals in a Serious Crime Bill to tackle child neglect and ensure it includes emotional and psychological neglect, following intense pressure from Action for Children, Mark Williams MP, and others.

    This is the culmination of a long campaign, which has sought to see the law changed through amendments proposed in the House of Lords, and most recently through Mark Williams MP's Child Maltreatment Bill.

  • Mark Williams
    Article: May 7, 2014

    Mark Williams, Welsh Lib Dem MP for Ceredigion, has spoken in a debate in the House of Commons this morning on S4C and the role the channel plays in Welsh identity.

    S4C is the only Welsh language channel in the world, and since it was established in 1982 has provided programming in Welsh for a range of audiences, including news and current affairs, documentaries, drama, entertainment, sports, education and children's programming. It is watched by more than 5 million people throughout the UK, including 3.3 million people who watched S4C outside Wales.

  • Mark Williams MP
    Article: Mar 31, 2014

    Today it has been announced that the Government is seeking to bring forward proposals in the Queen's Speech to amend the criminal law on child neglect to ensure it includes emotional and psychological neglect, following intense pressure from Mark Williams MP and Action for Children. This is the culmination of a long campaign, which has sought to see the law changed through amendments proposed in the House of Lords, and most recently through Mark Williams' Child Maltreatment Bill.

  • Mark Williams MP
    Article: Mar 10, 2014

    Ceredigion's Welsh Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams has written to Welsh Agriculture Minister Alan Davies, asking whether he will be implementing similar schemes in Wales to that announced in England to protect farmers and fishermen in flood affected areas.

    The UK Government has announced a £10 million Farming Recovery Fund, to assist farmers with the restoration of grassland, restoration of arable and horticultural land, restoring vehicle access to farms, and improving drainage. The UK Government also announced last week measures to assist fishermen, reimbursing costs of replacing damaged equipment, and removing Lighthouse Dues.

  • Article: Feb 13, 2014

    Ceredigion's Welsh Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams has asked the Business Minister in the National Assembly whether she will also be implementing the measures announced by the Prime Minister yesterday to assist small business in flood affected areas.

    The Prime announced that tax payments for small business in flood affected areas will be deferred, and that all business that which been affected by floods will get 100% business rate relief. Mark Williams is calling on the Assembly Minister, Edwina Hart, to implement the same measures for flood affected businesses in Wales.

  • Article: Jan 8, 2014

    Ceredigion's Welsh Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams has asked the Secretary of State for Wales in today Question session in the House of Commons, about additions funds for Ceredigion and other flood and storm damaged areas of the UK, following the recent weather.

    Asking whether there would be any additional funding made available to Wales following the terrible damage to our coastline in Ceredigion, the Secretary of State confirmed that if and when payments are made to pay for flood damage in England, Barnett Consequential funding will be calculated and given to Wales in the usual way.

  • Mark Williams MP
    Article: Dec 18, 2013

    Ceredigion's Welsh Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams has welcomed the publication of today's draft Wales Bill.

    Commenting Mark Williams said;

    'Liberal Democrats have long campaigned for fiscal devolution, and so the publication of this Bill could not come quick enough. I welcome the opportunity for the pre-legislative scrutiny by the Welsh Affairs Select Committee, and then legislation as soon as possible thereafter.

  • Article: Oct 2, 2013

    Ceredigion's Welsh liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams said he was appalled at Arriva's course of action. Commenting, he said:

    'Arriva have been at great pains to emphasise to me in the past their commitment in our area. When we demonstrated outside the bus depot in Aberystwyth about cutbacks in the Cribyn area, they said they would improve consultation and dialogue. Those commitments look meaningless now, and I believe they have behaved shamefully towards their workforce and the wider community.

  • Article: Jul 23, 2013

    Ceredigion's Welsh Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams has highlighted the positive impact the Government's new childcare scheme will have on families in Wales, in a debate in Parliament last week.

    The scheme, announced by the Government earlier this year, will mean parents receive up to £1,200 per child in childcare costs. This will benefit around 2,200 working families in Ceredigion.

  • Article: Jun 26, 2013

    Commenting following the Chancellors Comprehensive Spending Review this afternoon, Welsh Liberal Democrat Welsh Affairs Spokesperson Mark Williams said:

    "This is a spending round that delivers Lib Dem priorities on investment and improving our public services while making responsible choices to deal with the financial problems Labour left us.