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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 AvatarJonathan Brown 30th Sep - 8:57pm
    @Joseph - I see, thanks for the clarification - I think that's quite an important distinction. If there is to be any peaceful outcome then...
  • User AvatarJ Dunn 30th Sep - 8:43pm
    Joseph Bourke Isn't it strange,... how you judge an elected government, is only a legitimately elected government,.. until *you* decide,... it's a regime.? Assad,.. whatever...
  • User AvatarCaracatus 30th Sep - 8:20pm
    Hythe Parish Council Furzedown Ward (Hampshire) Lib Dems won 210 to 120 votes. The Tories were really going for it and quite confident, they left...
  • User AvatarJoseph Bourke 30th Sep - 7:20pm
    Jonathan, this ECHR report makes the argument for federalisation of Syria along the lines of the former Yugoslavia settlement http://www.ecfr.eu/page/-/ECFR185_-_NO_GOING_BACK_-_WHY_DECENTRALISATION_IS_THE_FUTURE_FOR_SYRIA.pdf. John Kerry put partition on...
  • User AvatarRichard Underhill 30th Sep - 7:18pm
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voting_Rights_Act_of_1965
  • User AvatarJonathan Brown 30th Sep - 6:39pm
    @Joseph Bourke - I think talk of partition is a distraction at best, fuel for the flames at worst. As Eddie says, appart from many...