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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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    @Rob Gilliam "We’re are not, and should not present ourselves as, the “party that you vote for if you find the other parties too extreme”...
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    To be honest I'm really struggling as is my family to trust any political party in the three main group Liberal would have been my...
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    I think this would be a useful discussion after the general election as everything has now been set for this one. It is useful however...
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    Ha! Since my previous comment last night I've been 'blocked by Blackford' as I can no longer see the Facebook page for the international banker...
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    Yes! Yes! Yes! As soon as the campaign started in earnest I saw the "Look Left, Look Right, Then Cross" approach and thought we were...
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    Good article - only problem with it is it involves changing the Party Leader and his entire strategy. We have entered the remarkable situation where...