Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)

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:

  • 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.


pie chart results


RIP paddling pool

News and views from

RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Mar 28, 2015

    A month after the consultation on the reorganisation of Rhondda and Tonyrefail Schools closed parents, staff and pupils are still left waiting for any news on what the Council proposed to do next.

    The Labour Cabinet will meet to decide whether to go ahead with this proposal which is estimated to cost £75million and will involve removing the sixth form from three Rhondda schools, and creating two 3 to 16 schools at Porth and Tonypandy and one 3 to 18 school at Tonyrefail. There has been no notice given of when that meeting will take place.

  • Article: Mar 23, 2015

    Last week , 14 to 22 March was Wales Tourism Week, not that you would have known in RCT.

    Not a single mention of it on the Council website, not one solitary tweet from whoever is responsible for running the Twitter site. Why?

    There is a huge missed opportunity around here for tourism with a rich heritage and beautiful scenery. RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats have for years been talking about the opportunities tourism offers for the Valleys, but this has fallen on deaf Council ears.

  • Angharad
    Article: Mar 23, 2015

    Angharad Jones has been selected as the Welsh Liberal Democrat candidate for the Cynon Valley in the forthcoming general election.

    The seat has been held by Labour MP Ann Clwyd since 1984 - Mrs Clwyd had announced she was stepping down but changed her mind at the last minute.

    Angharad says the area has been let down by Labour

  • Article: Mar 14, 2015

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced a £1.25bn funding boost for mental health services in England over the next five years. As a result of this Wales will receive several million pounds worth of extra funding under the Barnett formula. However it will be up to Labour Ministers in the Welsh Government to decide how to spend the money.

  • nursery march 2
    Article: Mar 8, 2015

    Yesterday camaigners once again took to the streets to protest against the Council's plans to cut nursery education in the County.

    Having successfully taken Labour run RCT Council to court last year to prevent them carrying out plans to cut nursery education for three year olds from full to part time campaigners were furious when they started the whole process again. Following yet another consultation process in which the many views and carefully constructed arguments against it were ignored the Cabinet are determined to push ahead with their plans.

  • 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.