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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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News and views from

RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats

  • Hanagan
    Article: Jul 22, 2014

    As reported by the Echo today, 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 is about to get another promotion.

    In a confidential report which is apparently to be put before RCT Council on Wednesday Christian Hanagan, who is currently the Head of Strategy and Public Relations is recommended to receive a 15% pay increase. The report states that extra responsibilities have been added to his department and that as a result his job is to be regarded and given a new title.

  • limit black bags 1
    Article: Jul 22, 2014

    A report leaked by a disgruntled Labour member to RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats reveals that the Cabinet are considering putting limits on the amount of black bag waste residents can put out each fortnight.

    Changes to the system last year introduced two weekly collections for non-recyclable waste in an effort, the Council said, to encourage more recycling. However the targets set by the Welsh Government have still not been met and RCT is still sending more of its waste to landfill than it should.

  • RCT ambulance repsonse times May 13 - 14
    Article: Jul 20, 2014

    The graph below shows the disgrace of ambulance response times in Rhondda Cynon Taff based on official figures provided by Stats Wales.

    Against an already low Welsh Labour Government response time target of 65% of all category 'A' emergency calls responded to within 8 minutes the service within RCT constantly falls short. It is not good enough and with the proposed hospital reorganisation which means the removal of consultant led emergency services from the Royal Glamorgan then people are rightly concerned.

  • Article: Jul 20, 2014

    This weekend yet again sees the "Big Weekend" taking place in Ynysangharad Park. Yet in contrast to many previous years this year has obviously not been the sell-out event the Council and its "partners" were expecting. They were still frantically tweeting that there were tickets still available for Sunday late on Saturday evening.

  • Article: Jul 17, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats have called the latest set of cancer waiting times a "disgrace", following a further reduction in the percentage of urgent suspected cancer patients being treated within the 62 day target.

    New figures for May show that only 88.5% of newly-diagnosed urgent suspected cancer patients started their treatment within 62 days. This is down from 89.7% in April 2014.

  • Article: Jul 16, 2014

    As reported by Wales Online a few days ago the eye clinic at Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda in Llwynypia has been forced to shut owing to a shortage of staff. What the report didn't make clear is that the clinic actually closed on May 23rd and an alternative clinic did not open at the Royal Glamorgan until 8th July.

  • Article: Jul 16, 2014

    RCT Cabinet, on the advice of the Education Director, have decided to appoint four additional governors to Coedpenmaen school at a cost of £250 each per day. Their reason is that, they say, the governing body is not providing sufficient support and guidance to the school.

    They say that a high degree of absenteeism amongst governors is affecting their ability to operate effectively as a team.