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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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RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Aug 27, 2016

    Have you ever thought of standing for Council? Every day facebook, twitter, the local pub, is full of people complaining that the Council doesn't listen, that Councillors are not doing a good job, etc. Yet the same old faces under the same Labour red flag keep getting voted back in. And this will carry on until people with a real interest in their community get involved and stand up for a different type of politics, where their representatives actually put people and community first.

  • Article: Aug 20, 2016

    The latest waiting time figures for A&E in Wales show that yet again patients are having to wait far too long in departments across the country.

    During July 2016 only 88.2% of patients at the Royal Glamorgan were seen and discharged or admitted within the target time of four hours. More than 600 patients waited longer than that, with 134 spending more than 8 hours there and 54 more than 12 hours.

  • Article: Aug 19, 2016

    Whilst many students were celebrating their A level results yesterday and looking forward to moving on, the overall story for education in Wales was yet again not so bright.

    As reported by Wales Online there was a drop in the overall pass rate again this year and once more Wales is lagging behind the rest of the UK.

  • Article: Aug 15, 2016

    Students, parents, teachers and governors will be anxiously waiting for exam results this week and next as first the 'A' level and then the GCSE results are published on subsequent weeks. It is an anxious time as future plans and careers are held in the balance and we wish the very best of luck to all.

  • Article: Aug 14, 2016

    People often complain that the community spirit that the valleys is famous for is lacking these days, yet engaging people in actually doing something on a voluntary basis to help their own communities can be difficult. Cut backs in public spending have in some cases highlighted just how much we have come to depend upon government at all levels to provide things for us.

  • Article: Aug 4, 2016

    Last May saw the election of seven UKIP Assembly Members to the National Assembly for Wales via the regional list system to the dismay of every other party and most of those who didn't vote for them.

    Those who voted for them presumably saw them as something different, a party who stood up for the "ordinary" man in the street, whoever that is supposed to be. Pictures of Farage knocking back a pint in the pub were meant to convince them that he understood the working class, he was on their side. UKIP would "deal with" immigration and make us all proud to be British again. They would push to leave the EU and pour billions into the NHS. Catchy soundbites persuaded many that they were the party they could rely on. They may have provided an alternative but they are certainly not a credible one.

  • Article: Jul 22, 2016

    So Owen Smith is to be the only challenger in the battle to wrest Corbyn's leadership from him. Single-handedly, and presumably resisting the temptation to wear his pants over his trousers, he claims he will put the broken Labour party back together again.

    Recent press coverage has Pontypridd's Labour MP standing up for everything it seems - except maybe his constituency.