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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.
  • 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.

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 17, 2014

    A report published today from Sheffield Hallam University claims that changes to the welfare system could strip around £430m a year out of the South Wales Valleys and bring and endanger 3,000 local jobs

    The report states: "The big loss of benefit income can be expected to have knock-on consequences for consumer spending. Over time, some 3,000 jobs in consumer services might be expected to be lost in the Valleys as a result of the reforms."

  • Article: Sep 17, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats have taken a far different stance on fracking than some of our colleagues in the Westminster Government. Whilst the argument still rages within England, here our members are far more united and we have a definite party policy, passed at our Spring Conference in 2014 which calls for:

  • Article: Sep 16, 2014

    More than eighteen months since the plans for a "new town" at Talbot Green were passed by RCT Council there seems to be little evidence of any movement.

    The plans for a major development which would include shops, a cinema, restaurants, hotel and housing were passed in February 2013 but Councillors stipulated a number of conditions which the developers were not altogether happy with. It came back to the committee in July with some revisions and was again given the green light.

  • Article: Sep 14, 2014

    Planning permission for test drilling at the Llantrisant site was originally turned down at a meeting of the Development Control committee on 15 August 2013, against the recommendation of the Planning Officer, because members considered

    (i) that insufficient information has been supplied to enable the Development Control Committee to appropriately assess the risks of granting the application in particular no details have been supplied as to the location of or the impact the development would have on existing underground mine workings in the vicinity of the site;

  • Article: Sep 13, 2014

    So fifteen months after his departure from the Cabinet Rhondda AM Leighton Andrews once again takes a seat around the Welsh Government table.

    In June 2013 the BBC reported that he "resigned following a row over his defence of a school which faced closure under his own surplus places policy." The school in question was Pentre Primary School. He joined a campaign against RCT Council to keep the school open, despite the fact that it was closing in line with rules he had laid down as Education Minister.

  • Survey: Sep 13, 2014
    2 questions

    The Welsh Government plans to cut the number of Councils in Wales. Are they right to do this and how should they do it?

  • Article: Sep 12, 2014

    Whilst a growing number of people are joining the campaign against fracking in Rhondda Cynon Taff, and indeed Wales, many more are unaware that permission for test drilling in Llantrisant has already been granted.

    Licenses for 23 sites in Wales have already been granted, and planning applications for test drilling sites are coming in thick and fast. Rhondda Cynon Taff planning committee originally turned down the application for Llantrisant in August 2013, but then granted it in October.