RCT Welsh Liberal Democrat have once again selected Councillor Mike Powell as their candidate for next year's Parliamentary election in Pontypridd.
Mike, who has been the County Councillor for the Trallwn ward since 1999, is well known across the constituency where he has been involved in a number of recent high profile campaigns.
Mike hospital campaign
Along with his RCT Welsh Liberal Democrat colleagues he campaigned against the removal of services for the Royal Glamorgan, and the retention of full time nursery education. Not forgetting of course the long battle to try and save Pontypridd paddling pool which ended with the Labour Cabinet ignoring the clear will of the people and bulldozing through it.
He has supported parents fighting against changes to catchment areas for Y Pant and Bryncelynnog, and local campaigners in their efforts to save Rhydyfelin library. Mike says he is "honoured" to be chosen to stand'
"The Labour party have let down the people in this area time and time again at all levels of government. Education in RCT is near the bottom of the league table in Wales, and Wales is lagging way behind other countries. Ambulance response times in RCT are appalling and constantly amongst the worst in the country. Yet have we heard any outcry from Labour politicians who are supposedly representing our interests?
"We see them grandstanding in the press allegedly opposing the downgrading of the Royal Glamorgan and opposing Fire Authority cuts, but it is the Labour party who run the Health Service in Wales and labour Councillors who dominate the Fire Authority.
"Yet what has Owen Smith actually done to stick up for the people of this constituency and make sure their interests are protected? "
At the last general election in 2010 the gap between Labour and the Welsh Liberal Democrats narrowed from over 13,000 to less than 3,000. The Liberal Democrats across Britain have suffered at the ballot box since entering the coalition government, but RCT Welsh Lib Dem campaign manager Karen Roberts says that will not stop them fighting for what is right locally.
"People in RCT are furious with the Labour party and the arrogant attitude they have shown locally. Increased Council Tax and swingeing cuts have angered many, and their efforts to try and switch blame elsewhere have failed miserably.
"Labour have always taken their vote for granted around here, but they are not invincible. The current MP for Pontypridd won with only 38.8% of the vote. That means 61.2% of those who voted didn't want a Labour MP.
"Only Mike and the Welsh Liberal Democrats are in a position to be able to beat Labour here. A vote for anyone else - or indeed a failure to vote at all - means that Mr Smith will be sent to Westminster for another five years and the people of Pontypridd will once again have nobody fighting their corner."
He campaigned against the removal of services for the Royal Glamorgan.
He campaigned for the retention of full time nursery education. http://pontylibdems.org.uk/en/article/2013/738265/cllr-mike-powell-s-cas...
RCT is near the bottom of the league table in Wales with Ambulance response timeshttp://pontylibdems.org.uk/en/article/2012/635534/ambulance-response-times-in-rct-are-unacceptable
At the last general election in 2010 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/election2010/results/constituency/w35.stm