The Welsh Liberal Democrats, led by Kirsty Williams AM, are the state party of the Liberal Democrats in Wales. The party is fighting to build a stronger economy and a fairer society in Wales.
The principles of empowerment and responsibility are the cornerstones of how the Welsh Liberal Democrats have approached the devolution process in Wales. The Party were influential in the creation of the Silk Commission, which was set up by the Coalition Government to explore the possibility of further devolution to Wales. In 2013, Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander announced that Wales would gain both tax-varying (depending on a referendum) and borrowing powers.
Between 2001 and 2003, the Welsh Liberal Democrats were in a coalition with the Welsh Labour Party in the National Assembly.
In 2011, even in opposition, the party achieved one of its key manifesto pledges by implementing the Welsh Pupil Premium. In 2013 it managed to double the resources for this policy, and in 2014 they added another £200 boost whilst extending it to under 5s.
In the House of Lords, the Welsh Liberal Democrats are represented by 7 peers: Baroness Jenny Randerson (who is also a Minister in the Wales Office), Lord Mike German, Lord Martin Thomas, Baroness Joan Walmsley, Lord Alex Carlile, Lord Roger Roberts and Baroness Christine Humphreys.
Kirsty Williams has been Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire since 1999 and has led the party since
2008. In 2013 Kirsty accepted Paddy Ashdown’s invitation to be a Vice Chair of the party’s General Election campaign.
Kirsty has relentlessly campaigned for extra resources for Wales’ under-funded schools. Under her leadership, the party managed to secure the Welsh Pupil Premium which means that schools in Wales will receive £1150 per child on free school meals.
In the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2013, Kirsty was appointed Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for ‘public and political service’.
Members are the backbone of the Welsh Liberal Democrats and have strong influence in the direction of the party.
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