We firmly believe that Rhondda Cynon Taff deserves more at a local and national level. We have long argued that more has to be done to improve health services, education, town centres and job prospects.
The cosy Labour consensus across every level of Government currently means there is no challenge from constituency AMs and MPs to anything and the question must be asked, just who is standing up for the people of RCT?
RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats strongly opposed moves to reduce services at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, starting way back in 2008 when we worked with concerned parents and staff to try and prevent the downgrading of the neonatal unit there. Whilst local Labour politicians waved banners against it and posed for photo shoots it is their own colleague, the Welsh Government Health Minister, who gave the go ahead for it to happen.
We were involved in the fight against RCT Cabinet's decision to cut nursery education - a decision originally deemed to be unlawful following a judicial review. Labour Councillors, AMs and MPs all backed the decision of their Cabinet.
Cllr Mike Powell is currently our sole voice on RCT council. First elected in 1999 he continues to work hard not just for residents of his own ward but right across Rhondda Cynon Taff. Mike's no-nonsense approach makes him a constant thorn in Labour's side; their persistent attempts to unseat him scuppered by his popularity and reputation as a man who cares for his community.
We want a better future for this area and the people in it. RCT is at the bottom of all the wrong league tables - highest unemployment, poorest health, fewer pupils attaining good GCSE grades. It is not good enough - we deserve better.
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Article: Sep 24, 2016
So Jeremy Corbyn has won the Labour leadership contest for the second time in a year by a significant majority.
Having started out last year as the man from nowhere , the rank outsider to become leader, he has gathered a huge personal support that has become cult like in its single minded drive to elect him. The vast majority of elected MPs have no faith in him, and his ratings amongst the general public have been falling.
Article: Sep 23, 2016
As reported by the BBC there are an unacceptable number of cancelled /postponed operations in Wales each year which has knock on effects for the whole NHS and can impact severely on patients' quality of life.
A leading surgeon says that winter pressures - the extra demand due to illness and falls etc - ties up beds which are then not available for those booked in for routine surgery. Mr Havard, a consultant surgeon in Cardiff, says nothing has changed since last winter.
Article: Sep 21, 2016
So there are just three days to go before we find out who the leader of the Labour party is going to be for the foreseeable future - well, the next few months anyway.
The result will be announced at 11.45 on Saturday 24th in Liverpool at the Labour party conference. Presumably Mr Smith will be absent from the proceedings, and in the unlikely event he wins will be seen accepting his reward and giving his first speech as leader via a satellite link from Pontypridd. Of course it will save him having to put on a brave front if he loses.
Article: Sep 16, 2016
RCT's Labour Cabinet last week formally backed the Welsh Government's proposals to spend around £1billion on improvements to the M4 around Newport.
The controversial plans have been criticised by politicians across party, by environment groups and by the Federation of Small Businesses, but despite huge opposition former Minister Edwina Hart was determined to press ahead with it.
Article: Sep 15, 2016
The Prime Minister has spoken - "Brexit means Brexit" apparently, but almost three months after the referendum there is still huge doubt over what happens next.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats, here is RCT and elsewhere, have made it very clear that we think the vote was a mistake. Voters were conned by misinformation from people who have now run away from the mess they created, whilst the remain camp, us included, simply did not do enough to convince people of the benefits of continued membership. We know that many people think we should now just accept the vote, but leave campaigners certainly wouldn't have if it had gone the other way, especially by such a narrow margin.
Article: Sep 15, 2016
RCT Council Cabinet have graciously decided to make car parks across RCT free - but just for a week.
They say it is "part of a drive to promote and showcase local town centres."
Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell says the move is nonsensical.
"What is the point in making car parks free for one week? We have been saying for years that car parking in RCT should be free permanently in order to encourage more people to use our town centres instead of out of town shopping areas. The Labour Council have repeatedly thrown cold water on the idea.
Article: Sep 13, 2016
The Boundary Commission have today published their proposals for a reduction in the overall number of MPs. As reported by the BBC, 50 seats are to be lost across the UK, with 11 of those being in Wales, bringing the number of MPs in Wales down from 40 to 29.
The proposals within RCT would see the current Pontypridd constituency broken into two and realigned forming a Cynon and Pontypridd and a Rhondda and Llantrisant constituency.