Fabulous weekend in the company of old friends. Lots of adventures, laughs and new memories made. The exchange between people with learning difficulties from Saint-Brieuc and Ceredigion has lasted 35 years and continues to thrive. I've been involved in this exchange for 25 years and it continues to prove that language difference & disability is not a barrier to friendship and partnership. Saint-Brieuc Twinning Committee member Jean Guesennec was given the Freedom of Aberystwyth for his tireless work for Town Twinning. Well deserved too! Can't wait to see them all again.
Monday, 23 May 2016
I voted for Kirsty Williams to become Education Secretary and was proud to do so. A rather inspired decision by Carwyn Jones I thought. Yes, yes, of course it strengthens his numbers in the Chamber but it also strengthens the future of education in Wales. Wales will now have a Cabinet Member from a rural background, who understands the impact of small school closures on our communities and the financial pressures on our Universities. That matters to me very much. This is one of the biggest spending government departments; not a poisoned chalice but a hugely positive opportunity for education in Wales. She's going to be great and I wish her well. 82% of special conference backs progressive agreement between Kirsty and Welsh Labour.
Thursday, 5 May 2016
It was an honour to be selected as the Ceredigion Liberal Democrat candidate for the Welsh Assembly elections 2016. I fought the election campaign because I care about people; and I also care about the future of Ceredigion. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to canvass across the county, to discuss the issues that impact on our daily lives and to meet people from all walks of life.
It’s been an exciting campaign and we have attracted a huge amount of political attention to Ceredigion; which can only be a good thing. Together, we have made sure that the politicians in the National Assembly have Ceredigion well and truly on their radar. We have ensured that our issues such as the Aberystwyth to Carmarthen rail link, investment in Bronglais hospital and getting our schools properly resourced have been at the forefront of the election campaign. I have also been passionate about getting better mental health services in Ceredigion and ensuring that mental health has parity with physical health.
I fully respect the decision of the residents of Ceredigion to return Elin to the Assembly. I wish her well in fighting for the residents of Ceredigion over the next five years.
I would like to sincerely thank each and every resident of Ceredigion who put their faith in me and voted; diolch yn fawr iawn. I would also like to thank everyone who supported my campaign locally and on-line and to colleagues from across the Liberal Democrat party who travelled to Ceredigion because they believed in what we were trying to achieve.
I will continue to serve residents of Aberaeron as their local councillor and to support Mark Williams as our Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament.
With best wishes/Cofion gorau
It's been a roller-coaster of a campaign and the polls have now closed. Your support has been invaluable throughout it all. I will be making a final statement once the votes have been counted and the result has been verified. In true #teamliz style here is a video with all the highlights of the #liz4ceredigion campaign 2016 https://youtu.be/ahMW6GCamSY THANK YOU. DIOLCH.
Tuesday, 3 May 2016
Official papers show Plaid-led Ceredigion Council are considering closing 4 local schools, breaking their election promise. I will fight these plans tooth and nail as your Assembly Member. Please click the link to sign my petition. http://www.ceredigionlibdems.org.uk/sos Official papers can be found on the Ceredigion County Council website or here: http://www.ceredigion.gov.uk/cpdl/Democratic_Services_Meetings_Public/A%2020160509.pdf