Author Archives: William Powell AM

William Powell AM writes…How will we power Wales’ future?

This weekend Gregynog Hall, Montgomeryshire will host the Welsh Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference for the first time in many years. This iconic setting is the perfect place to debate the policies that matter to Wales. Our Leader Kirsty Williams, Montgomeryshire Parliamentary Candidate Jane Dodds and I will be speaking, and Lord Alex Carlile will be addressing our Conference Dinner. In a real sense, it promises to be a case of Welsh Liberalism coming home.

The event will also mark the launch of the Welsh Liberal Democrat’s consultation on Energy Policy in Wales: Powering Wales’ Future.

It is no understatement to say that …

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William Powell AM writes… Why we must protect rural banking

Almost every week brings news of the closure of bank branches in rural areas. As an Assembly Member in Wales representing a large rural region, I know at first hand the real effects of bank closures on local communities and businesses. Latest figures from the Campaign for Community Banking Services, published in September, show that in the last ten years just under 2,000 bank branches have closed. There are now 900 communities that have only one bank branch and 1,200 communities with no bank branch at all. The traditional ‘Big 4’ banks closed 178 branches in 2011. Estimates

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  • User AvatarMack (not a Lib dem) 20th Sep - 8:56pm
    I am not a Lib Dem. From your remarks can I assume you are not a fan of representative democracy?.
  • User AvatarIgor Sagdejev 20th Sep - 8:38pm
    @ Raddiy Are you sure you mena Libdems, rather than Labour?
  • User AvatarStephen Hesketh 20th Sep - 8:28pm
    So, instead of describing it as a temporary job, short term-contract etc we import a foreign name which suggests to young people they are getting...
  • User AvatarLester Holloway 20th Sep - 8:22pm
    The party list all our GE 2015 candidates here: http://www.libdems.org.uk/general_election_candidates In terms of 16 BAME candidates, either the party website is out of date or...
  • User AvatarCaron Lindsay 20th Sep - 8:13pm
    It's part of the party's commitment to paid internships. They didn't used to be paid at all.
  • User AvatarRichard Dean 20th Sep - 8:09pm
    Is there some reason why the pay is the minimum wage?