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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 AvatarSara Scarlett 28th Jul - 6:11am
    This article has restored my faith in politics, somewhat! The LibDems love to say how bad/nasty/evil the Tories are without ever offering a viable alternative....
  • User AvatarKaterina Porter 28th Jul - 6:07am
    PS I have never voted Labour and am not remotely Socialist. I have voted Liberal and in the long ago past One Nation Conservative.
  • User AvatarMichael BG 28th Jul - 3:29am
    @ John Bland I think you missed my point. I was not saying we should not support small businesses or those who are self-employed or...
  • User AvatarMalcolm Todd 28th Jul - 1:02am
    Phyllis No, TF was not a member of the last government. If you doubt that, consider that several people, both Tory and Lib Dem, resigned...
  • User AvatarLARRY HAWORTH 28th Jul - 12:46am
    As I remember the constraints, behind the veil one lacks information that would permit judgments like, the odds of this are greater than the odds...
  • User AvatarJohn Bland 28th Jul - 12:19am
    Simon, I could not agree more with your post. The SME sector is a significant contributor to the British Economy. Some will belong to trade...