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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.

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News and views from

RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Jan 26, 2015

    The coalition Government are facing opposition from a cross party mix of MPs today on the UK infrastructure Bill. A number of MPs have tabled an amendment calling for a moratorium on fracking, the extraction of shale gas from underground using water under high pressure.

    Welsh Liberal Democrat Parliamentary candidate for Pontypridd Mike Powell says he would definitely be in favour of such a move and that fracking should only go ahead if and when it is proven to be absolutely safe. At the moment that is certainly not the case.

  • Document: Jan 21, 2015
  • Document: Jan 21, 2015
  • Cross Inn Post Office
    Article: Jan 21, 2015

    The Co-op are planning on closing a number of Post Offices housed within their stores, including the one at Cross Inn.

    Residents are furious at the thought of losing this vital service especially with rumours abounding that the Talbot Green one may close shortly if a new postmaster cannot be found.

    Welsh Liberal Democrat Councillor Mike Powell and Llantrisant Labour Councillor Glynne Holmes met with residents at the store where a petition has already been set up. They say this issue is not a political one but a community one and needs everyone working together to oppose it.

  • Article: Jan 20, 2015

    Tonyrefail East Labour Councillor Bob McDonald was today suspended by the Council's Standards Committee for a period of six months after being found guilty of breaching several sections of the Members' Code of Conduct.

    Cllr McDonald stepped down from his position as Chair or RCT Planning Committee in October, citing personal reasons. It soon emerged that the personal reasons involved a serious ombudsman complaint against him.

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    Article: Jan 15, 2015

    RCT Welsh liberal Democrats say RCT Council could be in line for another legal challenge over their current consultation on the proposals to reorganise Rhondda and Tonyrefail schools.

    The Cabinet are proposing to close several schools in the Rhondda along with Tonyrefail primary and create through schools for 3 to 16 or 18 year olds. At the same time they plan to remove the sixth form from Porth, Tonypandy and Ferndale. The consultation is due to end on 30th January.

  • Article: Jan 8, 2015

    The Welsh Labour Government have yet again over-ruled the Council's planning committee and allowed on appeal an application for a Lidl store on the former Millfield depot site.

    The application, on the site next to Ysgol Evan James was turned down by RCT because

    'The proposed development if allowed would result in additional traffic and vehicular turning movements at the proposed junction with the A4058 where traffic is merging into a single lane to the detriment of highway safety and the free flow of traffic.'