Newsflash: Kirsty Williams to announce Welsh leadership bid

News reaches The Voice that Kirsty Williams, the Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire, will announce in the next hour or two that she will stand for the leadership of the Welsh Liberal Democrats.

The current leader, Mike German, is expected to stand down after the Welsh Liberal Democrats’ autumn conference.

The BBC have heard the rumour too.

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  • She looks hot 😀

  • Dominic Hannigan 10th Sep '08 - 11:45am

    Jenny Randerson AM has released the following comment this morning:

    “At this stage I have not yet reached a decision regarding the party leadership but I will consider the options over the coming weeks. It is unlikely that I will make any further statement or comment in the immediate future. People should be very clear that currently I am not ruling myself out nor am I ruling myself in.”

  • “Mike German is expected to stand down …..”

    How long, exactly, is it now since MG said he would stand down, some time …… ?

  • liam fitzpatrick 10th Sep '08 - 11:49pm

    Im delighted that Kirsty has announced her intentions as indeed I am sure all Lib dems across Wales are .

    It is time now for a leader with vision , enthusiasm and dare I say it passion and convictionwith natuiral team building talents to step up and take take the Lib Dem standard forward.

    In a diffiult economic clime – I can think of no better person to lead us . When party members realise what a major asset Kirsty has been to her constituents in Brecon and Radnorshire I am sure they too will be converted to the belief – that what we need now In Wales are strong leaders and Kirsty is definitely a leader for this time .

  • Hywel Morgan 11th Sep '08 - 12:10pm

    Maybe one day a woman will be able to stand for high political office without her appearance being commented on.

    During the 1999 leadership election both Charles and Jackie Ballard had lost weight in the months leading up to the contest. Virtually every story about Jackie had a mention of her “successful diet” – I can’t recall any mentioning that about Charles.

  • I wish her website had a working Welsh language button; when you choose Welsh it stays English. Not a good advertisement for bilingualism!!

    Cymru Rydd – Cymru Ryddfrydol!!

  • Clair Powell 14th Sep '08 - 4:01pm

    I am delighted that Kirsty has taken the initative and put her name forward for leadership of the Welsh Party. She is a truly insperational member of the WLD’s.
    But how much longer can Jenny Randerson go on saying that she is yet to decide whether she will run for leader or not? We all know that Mike German is due to step down soon. The press were asking the question of leadership at last years WLD conference. Surely thats enough time for Mrs Randerson to make her mind up?

  • liam fitzpatrick 15th Sep '08 - 9:00am

    Politics is about making appropriate decisions for the electorate and standing by them. Unfortunately it would apear Ms Randerson cant make a decision about her own future – never mind the people of Wales .

    This ” im not quite sure if im in or out” is more reminiscent of a Punch and Judy Puppet show or a Toddler choosing confectionary in a corner shop than a National leader in a time of economic crisis .

    To my mind this ineffective , sit on the fence attitude which liberal democrats are tainted with nationally for no good reason should now be a redundant idea – consigned to the dustbin of welsh politics .

    Kirsty has shown her belief , her conviction and her leadership qualities and has demonstrated to us – the future of the Party . It would appear Mrs randerson has merely shown us the past .

  • south-walian member 18th Sep '08 - 9:21pm

    Liam and Clair,

    Or Jenny could just be the sort of mature and level headed politician who will make a decision on her own terms, not on Kirsty’s?

    Notice how I referred to her as Kirsty instead of Mrs Williams. Yeah, I’m not in the business of referring to party colleagues as Mrs or Mr anything like I’m dealing with someone from another party rather then another member of the Lib Dem family – Pathetic, really pathetic. Is this what can be expected from team Kirsty if Jenny does stand? You should remember we all have to work together after this.

  • Dominic Hannigan 19th Sep '08 - 3:48pm

    Quite, this is a shame.

  • liam fitzpatrick 22nd Sep '08 - 9:47am

    dominic ,

    who do you work for ?

  • Dominic Hannigan 14th Oct '08 - 4:05pm

    Jenny. Um….. Why?

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