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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.
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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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RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Sep 30, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats have secured £128 million to be spent on education and training in Wales.

    In return for not voting down Labour's budget the Welsh Lib Dems have successfully obtained funding for supporting student-parents, youth concessions on bus fares and apprenticeships, whilst also increasing support for school pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

  • Article: Sep 29, 2014

    The South Wales Fire Authority met today to decide the future of fire stations in RCT following a consultation which saw considerable opposition to the proposals put forward earlier this year.

    The Authority consulted on whether to close the retained Fire station at Porth or remove the second retained engine from Pontypridd, and today they announced that Porth would be the one to close.

  • Article: Sep 27, 2014

    The consultation on proposals to reorganise Local Government in Wales comes to an end this coming Wednesday, 1st October. Following a report from the Williams Commission published earlier this year the Welsh Labour Government announced they were in favour of the plans suggested which include merging RCT Council with Merthyr .

  • Article: Sep 25, 2014

    Responding to the recent announcement on a new school for Y Pant and possible reorganisation of Tonyrefail and Rhondda schools Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell said:

    "It is indeed good news that a new building is to be provided at Y Pant as the facilities there are in need of updating, as indeed are many others in the County. However, it is a further slap in the face for parents and pupils in Llantrisant who have just been subject to catchment changes which means their schools will now feed into Bryncelynnog.

  • Article: Sep 25, 2014

    RCT's Labour Cabinet will meet next week to discuss plans for a major restrusture of Rhondda and Tonyrefail schools. RCT's Welsh Liberal Democrat Campaign Manager Karen Roberts says she is furious at the proposals, and at the way they have been put forward.

    "The initial report appeared in the press the day before Heads were to meet with the Director. Governors have had no warning of these proposals at all, yet Andrew Morgan claims to want to be open and transparent.

  • Article: Sep 25, 2014

    In July this year a confidential report was put to RCT Council which suggested pay increases of up to 15% for some Officers because of realignment in responsibilities. One of the suggestions which created most public anger was that the son of a Cabinet Member who hit the headlines in 2008 when he was given a senior post in the Council without an interview or without the job ever being advertised was to get another promotion.

  • Article: Sep 24, 2014

    Details are to be announced tomorrow of plans to radically revamp education within schools in the Rhondda and Taff Ely.

    Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell says he is far from impressed by the scant details released so far.

    "The article splashed all over the local press talks of full consultation yet as I understand it this has been put in the public domain before Headteachers have been made aware of any of it.