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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.

Mike will be our Parliamentary candidate in the Pontypridd constituency 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: Mar 3, 2015

    Well maybe not listening exactly but keeping an eye on us. Earlier today an article appeared on this website criticising the lack of action by the council over Hawthorn pool. Lo and behold shortly afterwards an article appeared on the RCT Council website about the pool.

    A year of inactivity and saying nothing and suddenly they see fit to break radio silence. What a coincidence.

  • Article: Mar 3, 2015

    A year after the closure of Hawthorn swimming pool the future of the facility is still unknown much to the dismay of local residents.

    The pool is the only indoor swimming pool in the Pontypridd town area and before its sudden closure for health and safety reasons was well used by many including Pontypridd Swimming Club who have now had to switch their base to Abercynon.

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    Article: Feb 24, 2015

    Figures revealed by the Welsh Liberal Democrats in RCT show that one in six of the ambulance call out in the Cwm Taf area which covers Rhondda Cynon Taff and Merthyr are to locations outside of that area.

    During the six months between June and December last year 4,523 ambulance call out were made to other Health Board areas including journeys to Monmouthshire of 40 miles or more.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2015

    Never being one to give in without a fight Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell has instigated a "call-in" over the decision by RCT Council to cut nursery education from full time to fifteen hours a week.

    Working alongside Plaid's Cllr Jarman and Independent Cllr Paul Wasley Mike has submitted a request for the Education Scrutiny Committee to look again at the decision and decide whether it should be referred back to Cabinet.

  • Article: Feb 18, 2015

    The latest A&E waiting times for Wales show that the number of people waiting more than 12 hours in A&E has hit an all time record high.

    At the Royal Glamorgan 105 people waited more than 12 hours in January - more than 3 percent of those treated there. The target set by the Welsh Labour Government is that 95% of patients should be discharged or moved to in patient care as necessary within 4 hours. The figures for the Royal Glamorgan show only 85.9% were seen in that time. 1 in every 20 waited more than 8 hours.

  • Article: Feb 13, 2015

    Wales largest teaching union, the NUT have isued a statement criticising the plans for the schools music service in RCT. Yesterday the Labour Cabinet, having consulted for months on several proposals, announced a new plan which they claim would "save" the service. The Union says otherwise:

    Music services in the Rhondda Cynon Taff are being put at risk due to new proposals by the local authority according to Wales' largest teaching union. NUT Cymru say the status of music, and those teaching it, will be undermined by the plans and children will receive a diluted standard of education as a result.

  • Article: Feb 13, 2015

    NUT Cymru have issued a press statement condemning RCT Labour Council for their decision to cut nursery education for three year olds. It reads as follows:

    NUT Cymru say the local authority's decision to withdraw the right of children under the age of four to access full-time nursery places will hit schools standards and puts numerous jobs at risk across the county.