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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.

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.

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RCT Welsh Liberal Democrats

  • Article: Feb 19, 2017

    You may not have noticed, but there are a couple of Parliamentary by elections going on in England and the Labour party are jumping up and down trying to pretend they offer genuine opposition.

    The NHS has been a major campaign issue as usual, and once again the hypocrisy of these people is brought to the fore - as well as their seeming ignorance of devolution. Jeremy Corbyn tweeted this week

  • Article: Feb 12, 2017

    Cynon Valley MP Ann Clwyd has once again publicly blasted the NHS in Wales - this time over the waiting times for diagnostic teste.

    As reported by Wales Online, Mrs Clwyd said

    "The litmus test for any government is the way in which it responds to the needs of the sick and the vulnerable. On that basis, the Welsh Government clearly has to get to grips with the situation and do so as a matter of urgency."

  • Article: Feb 11, 2017

    Whilst the world, including the UK, was distracted by the nonsensical but dangerous ramblings of an American President not worthy of the position, the Tories were banging shut the doors on vulnerable children desperate for shelter.

    Teresa May and her heartless government are backtracking on a promise to take in 3000 unaccompanied child refuges whose homes and families have been torn apart by war. Instead they say 350 is all they can manage, and then the door will be closed and these most vulnerable human beings left to seek shelter elsewhere or fend for themselves.

  • Article: Feb 11, 2017

    For the last week we have been hearing more and more about "fake news" a term which is being used to cover anything from a fun spoof story to anything in the media that Donald Trump disagrees with.

    Of course spoof news has been around for a long, long time, but the problem now is that it is appearing to millions in an instant via social media, and far too many people believe any headline they read. In a climate where there is a growing political apathy and in many cases a complete ignorance of what government at any level is responsible for is this really helping?

  • Article: Feb 6, 2017

    2RCT Labour Cabinet will meet this week to discuss the budget for the coming year. On the table is a suggestion from officers that Council Tax be increased by 2.5%.

    Now it will, of course, be up to the Cabinet members whether or not they say yes to this. Whilst the increase is smaller than we have seen in the earlier years of the current administration that will not be of any comfort to residents.

  • Article: Jan 30, 2017

    Pontypridd Town Council met this week and, amongst other things they discussed was the appointment of a town council representative on Coedpenmaen primary school governing body. One candidate was Welsh Lib Dem Town Councillor for Trallwn Amanda Jones, but true to form the ruling Labour group decided they needed to appoint one of their own.

  • Article: Jan 26, 2017

    The latest ambulance response times for the quarter ending December 2016 were published this week. They show that at last the Welsh Government targets are being met, but are these targets stringent enough, and, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff, are patients still being let down?

    Before the Welsh Labour Government announced they were moving the goalposts in 2014, their target for responding to emergency calls had not been met in the Cwm Taf area, or indeed across Wales, for years. So they decide to set new targets.