The Welsh Liberal Democrats, led by Jane Dodds, are the state party of the Liberal Democrats in Wales. The party is fighting to build a Wales that is open, tolerant and united and to secure opportunity for everyone in Wales.
Since 2016 Welsh Liberal Democrat Member of the Senedd Kirsty Williams has been Minister for Education in the Welsh Government. Kirsty is delivering Welsh Liberal Democrat policies in government, from fairer student finance to smaller infant class sizes.
The principles of empowerment and responsibility are the cornerstones of how the Welsh Liberal Democrats have approached the devolution process in Wales. The party campaigned for the creation of the National Assembly for Wales in 1999 and for Assembly to be given more powers in the 2011 referendum. The Party was also influential in the creation of the Silk Commission under the Coalition Government. The Welsh Liberal Democrats continue to fight for further powers to be devolved from Westminster to the Senedd.
In 2011, even in opposition, the party achieved one of its key manifesto pledges by implementing the Welsh Pupil Premium. The Pupil Premium has since been increased multiple times and extended to under 5s. In 2016 Kirsty Williams’ Nurse Staffing Levels Act made Wales the first country in Europe to legislate on nurse staffing levels.
Kirsty Williams has been Member of the Senedd for Brecon and Radnorshire since 1999.
Since becoming Minister for Education in 2016 Kirsty Williams has made education Wales’ national mission and has focused on raising standards for all and reducing the attainment gap.
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 of the House of Lords
In the House of Lords, the Welsh Liberal Democrats are represented by 7 peers: Baroness Jenny Randerson, Lord Mike German, Lord Martin Thomas, Baroness Joan Walmsley, Lord Alex Carlile, Lord Roger Roberts and Baroness Christine Humphreys.
Members are the backbone of the Welsh Liberal Democrats and have strong influence in the direction of the party.