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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: Oct 21, 2014

    The consultation on the proposals to close several schools in the Rhondda and Tonyrefail, remove sixth forms from Tonypandy, Porth and Ferndale and create new 3 to 16 and 3 to 19 year old schools has begun.

    The Labour Cabinet decided on 2nd October to press forward with the reorganisation and a consultation process will now last until January.

  • Article: Oct 21, 2014


    Responding to a question from Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member Peter Black in the Senedd today the First Minister said he was not aware of the latest illness absence advice handed out to parents from the Central South Consortium, despite having two children at school in the area.

    The Consortium, which is a partnership between Rhondda Cynon Taf, Bridgend, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, and Merthyr councils angered parents with a leaflet suggesting they should send their children to school when they are suffering from illnesses like glandular fever, and tonsillitis.

  • Article: Oct 13, 2014

    Parents in Rhondda Cynon Taff and adjoining counties are up in arms over a new health guide which appears to suggest that children struck down with tonsillitis, conjunctivitis and even glandular fever should not be kept off school.

    The controversial leaflet was produced by the Central South Consortium which is an education partnership between Bridgend, Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taf, and Merthyr councils and sets guidelines for parents to follow should their child fall ill.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2014

    Karen Roberts is a long serving school governor at Tonypandy Community College and has previously been a governor at Cwmclydach Infants School. She says the latest reorganisations plans from the Labour run RCT Council are ill thought out and that their implementation is deliberately designed to be divisive:

  • Article: Oct 10, 2014

    RCT's Labour Cabinet meet this morning to discuss another round of savings, cuts and price increases. Most controversial amongst these will be the plans to cut nursery education from full to part time. This proposal was first made last year but the Council were taken to court by parents via a judicial review and the decision was deemed unlawful.

  • Article: Oct 6, 2014

    Since the start of the cuts process we have constantly said that it is impossible for anyone to fully scrutinise the budget and come up with any alternative suggestions without full details of where the money is actually spent. Not just headline department figures, but a breakdown of spending.

    The line coming back from both Cabinet Members and Officers has been that everything is outlined in the "budget book" and the reports to Council. Yet this is clearly not the case.

  • Article: Oct 5, 2014

    Amongst the proposals for further cuts going to Cabinet on 10th October is a suggestion that the hotel in Dare Valley Country Park should close.

    Now this may come as a surprise to many - not so much that the Council have decided to close it, but the fact that it exists in the first place.

    There is not a huge amount of accommodation available in Rhondda Cynon Taff and despite the Council occasionally muttering something about how they encourage tourism in actual fact they seem to do little about it.