Soar­ing LibDems set up a new lo­cal party group in Llanelli

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A NEW lo­cal party has been set up in Llanelli after the con­stituency be­came the fastest grow­ing in both Wales and Bri­tain in terms of sup­port for the Lib­eral Democrats.

Lib Dem AM Kirsty Wil­liams, who is also the Welsh Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion, has em­braced the role of the party’s new pres­i­dent.

Ms Wil­liams, who was brought up in Bynea, said she was pleased to be in­volved.

She said: “I am de­lighted and hon­oured to be asked to be pres­i­dent of the new Car­marthen­shire Lib­eral Democrats.

“It’s fan­tas­tic to be pres­i­dent of such a dy­namic and en­thu­si­as­tic group, with such a clear vi­sion for a more in­clu­sive and pros­per­ous Car­marthen­shire and I am con­fi­dent the fu­ture is look­ing bright for them.

“As a long-serv­ing mem­ber of the lo­cal party I cut my teeth in Car­marthen­shire, and I am de­lighted to see the progress that has been made lo­cally.”

The party be­lieves it is win­ning sup­port as a re­sult of its in­ter­na­tion­al­ist out­look and pro-Euro­pean stance and their very clear pol­icy on Brexit.

Party chiefs claim par­ents and pupils are see­ing the ben­e­fits of the pro­gres­sive poli­cies the Welsh Lib Dem Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion – Kirsty Wil­liams – is im­ple­ment­ing across Wales, in con­trast to the tur­moil in the English ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

They also claim their back­ing over key is­sues, in­clud­ing their op­po­si­tion to the down­grad­ing of Prince Philip Hos­pi­tal and their sup­port for the Swansea Bay Tidal La­goon – plac­ing green is­sues at the heart of the party – has also boosted their pop­u­lar­ity.

Jane Dodds, Leader of the Welsh Lib­eral Democrats, added: “I have known the for­mer branch and have ad­mired their wellde­served rep­u­ta­tion for cam­paign­ing.

“The in­fec­tious en­ergy that is em­a­nat­ing from Car­marthen­shire Lib­eral Democrats, is help­ing to re-en­er­gise the Welsh Libs both lo­cally and across Wales. Di­olch a pob lwc i’r dy­fodol”.

> Kirsty Wil­liams

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