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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, 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 acceptance of poor standards of public service is becoming the norm. Just who is standing up for the people of RCT?

We 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 Labour Health Minister who gave the go ahead for it to happen.

We were involved in the fight against RCT Labour Council's decision to cut nursery education - a decision deemed by a High Court Judge to be unlawful following a judicial review. Labour Councillors all backed the decision of their Cabinet - as did the local Labour AMs and MPs

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 Powell'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.

Mike will be our Parliamentary candidate for the Pontypridd constituency next May where we are firmly established as the only alternative to years of Labour Party complacency.

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.

You can help us break the Labour stranglehold in this area and elect an MP who cares about what happens here. You can:

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RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Aug 28, 2014

    The Labour Councillors in RCT met on 27th August in a bid to sort out the issues surrounding the proposed pay increase for three officers, including most controversially the Labour supporting Head of Strategy.

    A report was put to the Council in July suggesting a 15% increase as a result of a reorganisation of responsibilities. In a private meeting with press and public excluded there was a revolt by several Labour members which resulted in a decision to refer the report back for further work.

  • Article: Aug 22, 2014

    Education Minister Huw Lewis this week announced that he is appointing another member to the recovery board which is overseeing education in Blaenau Gwent.

    The name is a familiar one in RCT political circles - Gary Owen who amongst other things was a former election agent for Pontypridd MP Kim Howells. Amongst his previous roles he has been

  • Article: Aug 21, 2014

    Discontent amongst the Labour group on RCT Council is obviously growing by the day, as evidenced by the number of Labour Councillors who are queuing up to tip off the opposition i.e. us, about events behind the scenes.

    A couple of weeks ago the press were leaked a story about a wage rise being planned for three Officers including Christian Hanagan. Mr Hanagan who is currently the Head of Strategy and Public Relations was recommended to receive a 15% pay increase. The son of Cabinet Member for Education Eudine, his current job was created especially for Mr Hanagan, who is a former Labour Council candidate. It was not advertised and he was simply promoted with no interview and with the Council reluctant to answer any questions as to the recruitment process.

  • Article: Aug 20, 2014

    RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats have criticised the Welsh Labour Government following a further increase in waiting times for cancer sufferers awaiting treatment.

    Across Wales statistics for June show that only 84.3% of newly-diagnosed Welsh urgent suspected cancer patients started their treatment within 62 days. This is down from 88.5% in May 2014, a fall of over 4 percentage points. The Welsh Government's target of 95% of urgent suspected cancer patients starting treatment in the 62 day window has not been met since June 2008, over six years ago.

  • Article: Aug 19, 2014

    The lights are going out all over RCT.

    Following a decision made on the phase 2 cuts back in May RCT Council are now looking to implement planned cuts to street lighting and have asked all Councillors to identify areas in their wards which may be of concern

    The proposed change would see some streetlights switched off between midnight and 5am. In no residential areas all lights could be switched off, whereas in residential areas only every other would be switched off between those hours. Exceptions will be made in areas considered particularly "sensitive."

  • Petition: Aug 15, 2014
  • Article: Aug 15, 2014

    Thanks to the Local Audit and Accountability Act introduced by the Liberal Democrat / Conservative coalition government in Westminster people in England now have the right to record Council meetings as well as blog and tweet from them.

    This opens up the democratic process and could make for much more open government on a local level. With RCT Labour Council having gone back on its promise to broadcast meetings then this could enable a lot more people to hear what is going on.