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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, 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.

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RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats

  • George
    Article: Apr 25, 2015

    I have been a Liberal Democrat campaigner for many years and I am thrilled to have been chosen to stand to represent you as the MP for the Rhondda. I believe that the principles and policies of the Liberal Democrats will best address the issues in the Rhondda today.

    I am proud of the things that we have achieved in government. In particular the pupil premium which gave extra money to schools based on the number of free school meals pupils. This was replicated by colleagues at the Assembly who made a budget deal which put more than £7million extra into schools in RCT this year. This money ensures that support can be given to those who need it most to enable every child to have the best start in life.

  • Angharad
    Article: Apr 24, 2015

    The Cynon Valley has been under the thumb of the Labour party for far too long. The party who set themselves up as the party of the working class have

    moved so far away from their roots as to be unrecognisable. They have let down the people of these Valleys, who have been far too loyal for far too long.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2015

    Health is a devolved issue and has been under the control of Labour led Welsh Government since 1999.

    It has been the subject of much school yard politics recently but the sad fact is that no matter how far in the sand the Labour party wishes to bury its head we are not getting the service in Wales that we have a right to expect.

  • Article: Apr 23, 2015

    The community group take over of the Muni Theatre in Pontypridd seems to have hit a few stumbling blocks - according to a number of posts on facebook.

    The project was backed by Owen Smith who has been the Labour MP for the past five years and was supported by £10,000 from the Labour run Pontypridd Town Council. A community group planned to take over the building following the decision of RCT Council to close it, despite it being the least costly of the three theatres in the county.

  • Article: Apr 22, 2015

    The Labour group on RCT Council tonight decided to appoint Education Director Chris Bradshaw as the temporary Chief Executive from September when current incumbent Steve Merritt leaves.

    He will still retain responsibility for some aspects of the education department such as the 21st century schools programme.

  • Article: Apr 19, 2015

    The Co-operative party website reads:

    "As the political party of the co-operative movement, we work in partnership with the Labour Party to achieve these aims. There are 31 joint Labour & Co-operative MPs in Parliament, as well as representatives in Scotland, Wales and local government across the UK. Together, we're ensuring that co-operative and mutual values are at the heart of politics."

  • Article: Apr 19, 2015

    The mountainside around the Rhondda in particular has been devastated this week by seemingly never ending fires which are presumably set my mindless vandals with nothing better to do.

    Our fire services have been stretched to the limit and they must be absolutely exhausted. Crews have been drawn in from across the region. It begs the question what happens if there is a serious house or factory fire whilst so many crews are stuck up on the mountainside.