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Why Support the Welsh Liberal Democrats?

Why support the Welsh Liberal Democrats? Why vote Welsh Liberal Democrat? Because Liberals are different from other politicians in their approach to politics. Achieving things for people through political policies and government decisons is important. But just as important are values and principles - what we actually believe in. Quite often that's what is missing in modern politics.

Values and Principles - What We Believe

As Liberals, we have strong values and principles. We believe that every individual is unique and should be valued for who they are. Everyone should be free to achieve their aspirations. They should have the opportunity to make their own decisions on their own unique journey of life. We also believe that the quality of each individual's life is determined largely by the quality of their relationships with other individuals - with their family, friends and the communities of which they are a part. We therefore believe that the quality of human relationships should be at the centre of politics and political decisions.

We do not believe that political decisions should be made on the basis of whether you are male or female, whether you were born into a wealthy family, where you were born, the colour of your skin, your sexuality, whether you speak English or Welsh or both languages, whether you are 'working class', 'middle class', or 'upper class', whether you went to the 'right' school, or whether you know the 'right people'.

At the end of the day, for Liberals, it's people that really matter - not power, wealth or ideology. We also recognise that there is never one idea or belief that will solve all our problems. Human society, just like each individual human being, is complex and so the answers and solutions to our problems will often be complex and difficult. That's why we stand for a fair, free and open society.

Recent updates

  • William Powell & Jane Dodds at Dyfi Bridge
    Article: Oct 6, 2015

    Progress on the new £24m Dyfi Bridge, the funding for which was secured by Welsh Liberal Democrats, has been welcomed by local party figures.

    A public exhibition of outline proposals for the new Bridge is due to be held in Machynlleth on Wednesday (7 October).

    In September 2014 the Welsh Liberal Democrats agreed to allow the Welsh Government's annual budget to pass in exchange for funding for a range of key Welsh Liberal Democrat policies, including the early construction of the new A487 Dyfi Bridge.

  • Article: Oct 2, 2015

    Evidence has been presented to William Powell, Chair of the Welsh Assembly's Petitions Committee and Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Mid & West Wales, which suggests that education authorities in Wales may be issuing guidance that is at odds with the Welsh Government's recommendations.

  • Article: Oct 2, 2015

    Preseli Pembrokeshire Liberal Democrat Assembly Candidate and Pembrokeshire Councillor, Bob Kilmister has been fighting for a retired couple from Dinas Cross who have now been spared having to pay a grossly unfair tax on their home of 20 years. Mr and Mrs Ferguson, aged 86 and 68 respectively, ran a successful nursing home from their property in Glan-Helyg.

  • William wears it pink
    Article: Oct 2, 2015

    William Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Mid & West Wales, has shown his support for women with breast cancer by dressing up in pink and encouraging his constituents to take part in Breast Cancer Now's flagship fundraiser, wear it pink, on Friday 23rd October.

    wear it pink, the UK's biggest pink fundraiser, calls on supporters across the country to ditch the day-to-day colours and pull on some pink to raise money for Breast Cancer Now's life-saving breast cancer research.

  • Article: Sep 30, 2015

    The Conservatives' "irresponsible and illogical" immigration policies are stopping nurses coming to work in Wales and the Borders, William Powell AM has said after receiving complaints on the issue from an NHS official.

    In August, William Powell AM for Mid and West Wales, received a letter from the Communications Director of the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust, Adrian Osborne, explaining that their international recruitment programme faced delays. It stated:

  • Article: Sep 25, 2015

    William Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for the Environment and Rural Affairs, has this week welcomed the news that a Cypriot-owned energy company, Egnedol, has announced plans to invest £685 million in a renewable energy centre in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire.

    Commenting on the announcement, William Powell said:

  • Article: Sep 24, 2015

    Tim Farron delivered his first speech to a Lib Dem Conference as leader of the party.

    In it he called on the millions of liberals in Britain to become Liberal Democrats and join the party.

    Full text of the speech

    When I was growing up my school didn't have a sixth form. I guess that's because most of us didn't do A levels. So I went to a separate sixth form college - Runshaw in Leyland - and, in my first week, I joined the Liberal Party.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2015

    Liberal Democrats have called for the Government to allow families to take children out of school during term-time to avoid crippling holiday costs.

    The party has warned that the ban on missing lessons is 'socially divisive' because it forces poorer families to break the rules or miss out on holidays altogether.

  • Article: Sep 21, 2015

    Members at the Lib Dem annual Party Conference in Bournemouth have voted to allow 16 year olds to vote in the upcoming EU Referendum.

    The motion passed after a considered debate among members and urges the Government to lower the voting age for the poll.

    A Brexit would change the face of Britain for years to come and the Lib Dems believe these young people deserve a say in the future of their country.

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    Article: Sep 20, 2015

    Liberal Democrats vowed to 'step up to the plate' and tackle the humanitarian crisis across Europe as thousands of refugees flee Syria.

    At the party's Autumn Conference, the Liberal Democrats laid out a comprehensive plan to deal with the humanitarian crisis facing Europe.

    Members proposed to create safe and legal routes for refugees fleeing war or persecution. They agreed to:

Kirsty Williams