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: May 10, 2016
So it seems that the people of Wales don't want lower class sizes, or the continuation and increase of the pupil premium that has put £23million extra into RCT schools alone since 2012. Neither do they want more nurses across the NHS or childcare from age 9 months, or any of the other things that Welsh Liberal Democrats wanted to see happen.
Article: May 4, 2016
Tomorrow is polling day, when you get the chance to elect your Assembly Members for the next five years. FIVE YEARS. That's a long time to settle for the same ineptitude we have seen form Labour for years.
Ask yourself, honestly, just what has the Labour party done for this area? What have they done for our education system? Our children are not less able than those in the rest of the UK but results in Wales are worse. Welsh Liberal Democrats want to free teachers from so much red tape and political interference.
Article: Apr 30, 2016
Wales Online have been running a series of candidate profiles based on a series of standard questions. Here are the answers supplied by Mike Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat candidate for Pontypridd.
Councillor Mike Powell, 56, lives in Trallwn where he has been the County Borough Councillor since 1999. He is married with one child.
Article: Apr 29, 2016
In 2008 the Welsh Government purchased two properties in Taff Street in Pontypridd for £1,250,000 - one and a quarter million. They said they were important for the regeneration of the town.
Those properties were recently advertised for auction with a total guide price of just £250,000.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly candidate Mike Powell gives his view here:
Article: Apr 29, 2016
As reported by Wales Online a slip up at the elections office in Rhondda Cynon Taff could mean some people will not be able to cast their votes at next week's Assembly election.
It appears that's some postal vote application forms were wrongly processed and some voters were only registered for a vote at the European elections.
Article: Apr 28, 2016
UKIP are currently trying to get their first AMs elected to the Welsh Assembly. They admit they cannot win in any constituency first past the post but hope to get in someone on the regional list.
So if enough people vote for them across RCT, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan then we could end up with one of them representing this region. The person who tops their list isn't even respected by his own party leader. Nigel Farage said he was "less than impressed" with him - if even your own leader doesn't back you then you know you are in trouble.
Article: Apr 26, 2016
As with so many aspects of our lives the Labour party have failed Wales' economy and we are lagging behind the rest of the UK.
The employment rate in Wales is lower than in England and Scotland and we have the least productive economy in the UK. We also have the highest child poverty levels outside of London.