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: 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.
Article: Jul 13, 2016
RCT Council's Cabinet will meet next week to discuss the latest plans for the former Taff Vale Precinct site in Pontypridd.
They earlier earmarked a sum of £1.5 million to be spent on making the site more attractive to developers. This will include demolishing what remains of the former precinct which is currently nothing but an eye sore.
Article: Jul 12, 2016
Secretary for Education Kirsty Williams was in Treorchy recently launching a new "Ready to Learn" scheme. The scheme aims to help parents and carers prepare their children for school with resources available to explain what they can do to help them learn and give them the best start possible.
She praised Treorchy Primary school for the good relationships they have already built up with parents of pupils already at the school and those who will be attending. This is of course the case in many of our local schools where staff go the extra mile in order to ensure that the pupils in their care achieve the best they possible can and regularly interact with families in order to ensure pupils are settled and happy at school.
Article: Jul 6, 2016
Today has seen the publication of the long awaited Chilcot report , the result of an inquiry into the Iraq war and whether or not Britain was right to enter into that conflict.
The Labour party under Tony Blair led us into a war which has had far reaching consequences and led to thousands of deaths including that of 179 British soldiers. The Liberal Democrats said at the time it was an illegal war.
Article: Jul 5, 2016
As previously mentioned Pontypridd MP Owen Smith has been receiving a significant amount of abuse via his own Facebook page after he published his letter of resignation from the shadow cabinet there a few days ago. The following post is one such example. If, at appears to be the case, it does come from a Labour supporter, then it does indeed give an interesting insight into the attitudes of Mr Smith.
Article: Jul 4, 2016
We have just come through a referendum in which one of the key themes put forward by the leave campaign was that we should "take our country back" and reassert our identity.
Well maybe a little more of that is needed locally. We need to put RCT back on the map.
Trade Centre Wales have caused a bit of a localised storm recently by opening an new car salesroom off the A470 in Abercynon. New businesses opening here and creating jobs are of course always welcome. However, the branch is being advertised as their Cardiff North branch.
Article: Jul 3, 2016
Rumour has it that Pontypridd MP Owen Smith is to challenge for the Labour party leadership. Of course as yet no real moves have been made. After almost all of the shadow cabinet resigned Labour MPs orchestrated a vote of no confidence in Corbyn last week and won by an overwhelming majority. They no doubt expected him to fall on his sword, but since he has refused to do so claiming - rightly - that he has a democratic mandate from his party's membership, they seem to be at a loss as to how to proceed.