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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:

  • Help deliver leaflets or with fundraising or admin work.
  • Make a donation - we pay for our own campaigning with no big donors to help.
  • Join the party and help us fight for a better deal for RCT - membership is only £12 a year.

The Welsh Government plan on cutting down the number of Councils in Wales. Do you agree, and do you think RCT should be merged with Merthyr? Take our survey here.

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News and views from

RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Nov 20, 2014

    RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats have welcomed the news that a voluntary merger between RCT and Merthyr Councils has been ruled out.

    After the calling of a special Council meeting next week to discuss the issue it had been feared that a surprise u-turn was to be sprung on Members just two days before the official response on a possible merger was due to the Minister.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2014

    Cwm Taf University Health Board is celebrating following the success of a number of its nursing staff at the Royal College of Nursing in Wales Awards ceremony held on 19th November. 

    Nurses from Cwm Taf were recognised in each of the five categories:

    • Daphne Meredith Smith, winner - Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Article: Nov 18, 2014

    In the chamber today Peter Black AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Finance, will highlight the positive influence the Welsh Liberal Democrats have had on the Welsh Government's Annual Budget.

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats secured £223m for their priorities in exchange for allowing the Welsh Government's budget to pass.  This major investment included:

  • Mike men Uniter prostate cancer
    Article: Nov 17, 2014

    Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell has added his name to Prostate Cancer UK's campaign, Men United v Prostate Cancer. The campaign aims to unite people across the UK in raising awareness of and fighting prostate cancer. Research shows that nearly 650,000 people in Wales know someone who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer but more than half of people in Wales say they don't feel they know a great deal about the disease.

  • Article: Nov 17, 2014

    A consultation is under way for the second year running on proposed cuts to nursery education in Rhondda Cynon Taff. Having made the decision to cut from full to part time last year the Labour Cabinet had their decision declared unlawful following a judicial review.

    However, the Labour administration are determined to push ahead with their plans despite the decision and the overwhelming public opposition. Yet it is difficult to see how this fits in with their stated aims and objectives.

  • Article: Nov 13, 2014

    A special meeting of the Corporate Services Scrutiny Committee was held this morning after a "call in" request was made by three Councillors - Independent Cllrs Paul Wasley and Lyndon Walker and Welsh Liberal Democrat Mike Powell. The three were concerned that insufficient evidence had been presented to the Cabinet to enable them to make an informed decision.

  • Article: Nov 13, 2014

    After having their initial proposal to cut nursery education from full to part time overturned in court last May the Labour Cabinet in RCT are yet again trying to force it through and are currently consulting on it.

    In an effort to satisfy their legal requirements this time around the current report contains slightly more information regarding childcare sufficiency than the previous proposal. It is disappointing, however, that very little work appears to have been carried out to ensure the Council actually complies with its legal duty.