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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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  • User Avatarjedibeeftrix 28th Jul - 10:58pm
    @ T-J - "Supporters of the Commonwealth need to explain how these nebulous ideas of ‘shared common law and regulatory traditions’ can be made into...
  • User AvatarMichael 28th Jul - 10:26pm
    Should have googled more - see there is a Wikipedia entry on shortest serving MPs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_Kingdom_MPs_with_the_shortest_service which gives James Annand as the shortest serving Liberal!
  • User AvatarRichard Easter 28th Jul - 10:21pm
    I am sure by the way many other names can be added to the list above, but they are just some that come to mind,...
  • User AvatarRichard Easter 28th Jul - 10:20pm
    We do have a number of decent principled MPs. Liberal Democrat - Julian Huppert, Simon Hughes, John Pugh, Tim Farron Labour - John McDonnell, Dennis...
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 28th Jul - 10:18pm
    A good article Tony and hopefully people with the power over these matters will do something about it.
  • User AvatarMichael 28th Jul - 10:06pm
    I think and according to Wikipedia as well and as most here will know Alan Beith is the longest serving current Lib Dem MP -...