Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Judith Woodman for PCC

Judith now has a web page showing her track record and pledging improvements to policing in South Wales if she is elected.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Vote for Welsh Liberal Democrats and Peter Black on the regional list

These are the results of the Welsh General Election for the South Wales West region in 2011, the last time the seats were fought:

[Additional Member System] (4 Seats)

Lead candidate and party               Votes for party and %age          Seats allocated

Alana Elizabeth Davies, Labour         71766 46.49%                         (0)*
Suzy Davies, Conservative                 27457 17.79%                         (2)
Bethan Jenkins, Plaid Cymru         21258 13.77%                         (1)
Peter Malcolm Black, Lib. Dem.         10683 6.92%                         (1)
David Maybery Bevan, UKIP           6619 4.29%
David Leonard Davies, Socialist Labour Party 5057 3.28%
Clive Bennett, British National Party     4714 3.05%
Keith Malcolm Ross, Green                  3952 2.56%
David Philip Griffiths, Welsh Christian Party 1602 1.04%
Ronnie Job, TUSC                              809 0.52%
John Stephen Morrissey, Communist Party of GB  464 0.30%

Totals                                        154381                                (4 Seats)

*allocation filled from constituencies

Both the Green Party and the Welsh Nationalists are using social media to encourage Labour supporters to use their otherwise wasted vote for them. However, the table above shows that there is great danger from UKIP, a party which denies both climate change and Welsh identity. The Green vote is too far behind and the chances of a second seat for Plaid Cymru are remote. UKIP vote is on the increase according to the opinion polls, so the only safe switch is to the Liberal Democrats and Peter Black.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Peter Black launches energy-saving initiative

Peter Black today outlined the Welsh Liberal Democrat party's plans for a £100-a-year discount on Council Tax for households that improve the energy efficiency of their homes by two bands. This will have the effect of both encouraging a reduction in energy usage and giving support to hard pressed families by cutting their council tax bills.

Peter said: "Wales desperately needs to improve the energy efficiency of its houses, which are some of the most poorly insulated in western Europe, but too often the upfront cost puts families off getting that work done.

"Our plans will help ease that burden, ensuring families feel the benefit through a double bill cut: once on your Council Tax, and once on your energy bill.

"Welsh Liberal Democrats have the fresh ideas Wales needs to help people get on in life, as well as do our part to help tackle climate change."

Friday, March 25, 2016

Health survey

You have just a few days to complete Peter Black's health survey, if you have not already done so.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Peter Black repeats call for government action in Port Talbot

Speculation that the Tata steel board will not approve a rescue package for the Port Talbot plant has underlined the urgent need for the Welsh Government to build on the new Enterprise Zone by setting up an urban regeneration company for the area, the Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has said.

Mr. Black called for such a company to be set up shortly after the announcement of 750 job losses at Tata in Port Talbot, however little progress appears to have been made by the Welsh Government on this. When the steel works closed in Newport in 2003, the Welsh Government had acted decisively by setting up Newport Unlimited, an Urban Regeneration Company, to help counter the impacts of the decline in heavy industry and manufacturing. Mr. Black asked the Minister in the chamber to actively consider a similar response to job losses in Port Talbot.

“During the ten plus years that Newport Unlimited was in place it contributed to attracting £230 million of private investment to the area and] was credited with the transformation of the city's river frontage and attracting the Ryder Cup golf tournament to Newport in 2010,” said Mr. Black. “It is my view that a similar initiative could make a massive difference in helping to revitalise Port Talbot. It is now urgent that the Welsh Government act on this.

“The new Enterprise Zone for Port Talbot is very welcome, but I believe that we need to go the extra mile and that the additional funding and focus that an urban regeneration company can bring to the area could make a huge difference.

“The Welsh Government needs to put its money on the table by investing in Port Talbot through such a company and by providing the business rates relief that Tata needs to reduce its costs and to help it become viable.”