All female Party Political Broadcast is a first for Wales


The Welsh Liberal Democrats made television history last night with this party political broadcast (above) comprising solely of women.

The broadcast shown on ITV Wales at 18:25 (to be repeated on Friday on BBC1 at 22:35) features Party Leader Jane Dodds, education minister Kirsty Williams and three female candidates who are all running for Parliament for the first time.

Speaking about the broadcast, Welsh Lib Dem leader Jane Dodds said:

Too often politics is seen as an all-male club. I’m proud to be a leading my party in this election, and I’m equally proud to be joined in this broadcast by Kirsty Williams who’s done an incredible job as Education Minister.

Along with the three candidates you’ll hear from (in this PPB), I am setting out a positive vision for Wales post-covid. The three candidates you’ll hear from in this broadcast all have something to offer their communities and I know they will be fantastic Senedd Members if elected.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats were the first party in Wales to elect a female leader in 2008 when Kirsty Williams defeated Jenny Randerson. In 2017 Jane Dodds became the party’s second female leader and in the up and coming Senedd election she is the only female party leader in Wales.

Speaking in the broadcast Jane Dodds says:

All over the world female leaders have been making tough decisions. As the leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, I want to make Wales a place where everyone can achieve their full potential, a Wales we can all be proud of.

We need to get our country back on its feet after these incredibly difficult and unprecedented times. We cannot afford to be distracted, we need to be resolute. Vote for the Welsh Liberal Democrats in May’s Senedd election and we will put recovery first.

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18 Comments

  • I understand Lloyd George was very much a male, but who’s that bloke picking apples ?

    A contribution to motherhood and apple pie ?

  • I sincerely hope that in a few weeks time Jane is equally proud of our results in the Welsh Assembly elections too. The Welsh party has been going backwards for far too long and is now in grave danger of extinction at parliamentary and assembly level. While Kirsty has done some really excellent stuff in the government, opinion polls indicate that we haven’t been successful in publicising it at all and we are now polling at a level of less than a fifth of the level of support Plaid are getting.

    If we do come out of these elections with only one or quite possibly no AMs, senior figures (both in Wales and UK wide) will have to look closely in the mirror to see what has to change if we are to survive. Despite the small start the Thornhill Report gave us, I fear that too few are really willing to accept the true seriousness of the situation we are in, something that an all women PPB will not even start to address.

  • Gwyn Williams 13th Apr '21 - 10:32am

    In North Wales, we have Lisa Davies, Vale of Clwyd, Leena Farhat, Clwyd South and Lisa Wilkins for the Police and Crime Commissioner.

  • Yes Gwyn, and I am sure they are all very good, but what is your point? Mine is that we will be lucky to get one AM (and certainly no PCCs) unless some people at and around the top of our party pull their socks up. The Welsh Lib Dems could be extinct as a parliamentary and assembly force in a month’s time.

    Let me know if you think we are in a much better place than our poll ratings and results indicate, and why.

  • Gwyn Williams 13th Apr '21 - 1:43pm

    @DavidEvans My point is that there are candidates standing in North Wales. A point that the PPB missed.It not only excluded men but also North Walians.
    Councillor William Powell is our candidate in Brecon and Radnorshire and is our best chance of returning a Member of the Senedd.
    The role of the Welsh leadership is to defend the Welsh Party from some of the daft decisions made in London and to provide a Welsh Liberal alternative. With postal votes going out next week the die is cast.

  • Lorenzo Cherin 13th Apr '21 - 2:33pm

    I often say the following to people on right or left/ or any who go to extremes. I say it to this party too.Why do you think the answer to that which you do not like, is automatically the opposite of it? Why must it be either, or, why can’t it be neither, and something more?

    There is absolutely no reason for a Liberal party to exclude men, or women.

    Gwyn says the candidate who stands to win, is a man, yet was not in the broadcast. And that women were chosen automatically in the other seats.

    I want to know if they were all women shortlists for all those.

    i do not want to be in a party that excludes on gender.

    Shirley Williams won on ability. Learn from this…

  • Lorenzo Cherin 13th Apr '21 - 2:34pm

    And if any can say if this is so, please say it. Would anyone know if its so?

  • Graham Jeffs 13th Apr '21 - 6:40pm

    Lorenzo is correct “I do not want to be in a party that excludes on gender”. But I fear we are. We had a similarly inane headline about the percentage of candidates in terms of gender for the Scottish elections.

    We should be proud to be able to say that our candidates are selected on ability irrespective of any other classifications.

    Political correctness could well kill this party even if nothing else does.

  • Interesting to note that this item generated 8 comments by men (at 7.28) – now increased by me!

  • @Gwyn Williams there weren’t any candidates in that video from South Wales West either despite there being female candidates in that region.

    Are you insisting on picking holes in everything this party does?

  • Gwyn, Thanks for making it clear. I didn’t spot the implication in your original post.

    I still worry about the future of the Lib Dems in Wales though.

    So long as the Welsh Lib Dems are actually defending the Welsh Party from some of the daft decisions made in London and not introducing a new set of daft decisions of their own, it should help. However, on my visit to Brecon and Radnor for the Leadership hustings which I tied in with helping at the by-election, I found that meeting chairs in Wales still filtered out the hard questions in favour of lots of “Would both candidates like to say something nice about a topic I am particularly interested in?”

  • Impeding the talents of people based on gender is very bad.

    Come see our all women shortlists good.

    The double speak would make Orwell’s eyes roll

  • Richard Church 14th Apr '21 - 9:13am

    To correct any misunderstandings, the Welsh party has not operated all women shortlists for any of its Senedd selections. Of the three most winnable constituencies, in Mid Wales, two have male candidates and one a woman. Of the five regional lists two are led by men and three by women.

  • George Thomas 14th Apr '21 - 9:17am

    Speaking as yet another man, not using this chance to promote candidates from the gogledd and south West is more of a mistake than a single video excluding men. Judging by make-up of 2020 Senedd (29 women, 31 men) Wales is on board with female MS and concerns are more about power/investment/attention stopping in Cardiff.

    It’s a really difficult time for Lib Dems everywhere – Welsh Tories are still hammering Welsh education under Labour in their leaflets so there are some who haven’t recognised work Kirsty Williams has been doing and electorate and the positive impact it will have hasn’t been felt yet either – but Dodds is doing good things as leader in Wales. Welsh Labour used to speak about clear red water separating them from Westminster team so perhaps there is a need for Welsh Lib Dems to be more bold going forward otherwise get hit by accusations of promoting Tory policies from (predominantly) the young and promoting European policies from (predominantly) the older voters based on Westminster politics of past 10 years.

  • Gwyn Williams 14th Apr '21 - 10:43am

    @Gareth I agree that Chloe Hutchinson should have been included in the PPB. I have been a Party member for over 40years. I have criticised the Party in London when it ignores the Party in Wales. I criticise the Party in Cardiff when it ignores North Wales. I look forward to the day when there is an opportunity to praise the Party in London for its assiduous attention to Wales. In the meantime the Abolish the Welsh Assembly Party is making hay everytime the other Parties play the Wales near Cardiff game.

  • Gwyn Williams 14th Apr '21 - 11:19am

    @David Evans You have hit the nail on the head. There used to be free and open debate in the Party. Different candidates espoused different visions. When people asked are you a Nationalist or an Unionist? I would answer neither I am a Welsh Liberal. I believe in self determination. My politics does not end at the Severn Bridge or run from John O’Groats to Lands End. Today I am told the Liberal Democrats are a British Unionist Party!

  • Lorenzo Cherin 15th Apr '21 - 12:43am

    Thanks Graham and Richard. Good to understand the facts. I favour all women or all black or all disabled in rare instances, but not in a wider contest at all. The party needs to return to merit and encouragement, not tokenism and exclusion.

  • Laurence Cox 16th Apr '21 - 10:58am

    A rather disappointing interview with Jane Dodds on BBC Breakfast this morning; our politicians have got to realise that being interviewed by Naga Munchetty is not an easy option. While polite in her questioning she was very persistent in asking Jane Dodds where the money was coming from for our manifesto commitments, to which Dodds could give no clear answer. In comparison, Willie Rennie ably swerved questions from Charlie Stayt about Scottish independence in his interview half an hour later.

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