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William Powell AMThank you for visiting my Website.I am honoured to be able to represent people throughout Mid & West Wales and I am determined to provide a strong, robust voice for the Region.Here you can find out more about the work I do as an Assembly Member both in the National Assembly and in local communities across the Region. I am also the Welsh Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Environment, Sustainable Development & Rural Affairs.I welcome comments and views on the issues facing the Welsh Government and the National Assembly and please get in touch if you think there is anything I can do for you - no matter how big or small.

Latest News

  • Article: May 19, 2015

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats have called on the UK Government to ensure that their planned EU referendum does not clash with elections to the National Assembly for Wales.

    Speaking in the Siambr today, William Powell AM warned that holding a referendum on EU membership in the run up to or at the same time as Welsh Assembly elections would restrict the ability for a full debate on the future of Wales and devolved issues.

  • Article: May 12, 2015

    The Welsh Labour Government lacks ambition to protect our environment, William Powell AM has said today following the launch the Environment (Wales) Bill.

    William Powell, Welsh Lib Dem spokesperson on the Environment, has called on the Welsh Government to show greater commitment to tackling climate change and protecting biodiversity in Wales.

  • Article: Apr 24, 2015

    Current healthcare services in Montgomeryshire are unable to cope with challenges posed by care needs in such a rural, cross-border context. Despite repeated calls from the Welsh Liberal Democrats to establish an Urgent Care Centre in Montgomeryshire, the Welsh Government maintain that there is insufficient evidence to demonstrate the need for such a facility.

  • Article: Apr 2, 2015

    William Powell AM, Shadow Minister for the Environment & Rural Affairs, highlighted the importance of the European Single Payment Scheme to the future of the farming industry in Wales, and is encouraging farmers to express their views in a Welsh Government Consultation which opened this week.

    Commenting on the Deputy Minister's announcement of the 12-week consultation period which will run until 23rd June 2015, William Powell said:

  • Article: Mar 25, 2015

    William Powell AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Environment & Rural Affairs, highlighted today the thriving community woodland sector which exists in Wales, and called on the Minister for Natural Resources to do more to develop and promote initiatives to support community woodland groups.

  • Train at Ferryside, Carmarthenshire (© Arriva Trains Wales)
    Article: Feb 13, 2015

    William Powell AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Mid & West Wales has welcomed the announcement of a £50million investment from the UK Government to roll out Wi-Fi on trains from 2017. Arriva Trains Wales services will benefit from this investment.

    William Powell said:

    "Railways in Wales are seeing record investment from the UK Government including the rural rail network in Mid & West Wales. It is now up to the Welsh Labour Government to ensure that every train in is equipped to provide Wi-Fi, free of charge, to passengers. We need to ensure that travellers' expectations for on-board communication are met."

  • Article: Feb 6, 2015

    William Powell AM has highlighted the potential environmental as well as financial benefits of the Invest to Save Finance available via ring-fenced funds for Health Boards.

    The Invest to Save Fund is a short-term pool of resources available to help public service organisations improve the way they work. William Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Environment and Rural Affairs, recently met with Alan Lawrie, Director of Primary and Community Care at Powys Teaching Health Board and discussed the ways in which access to the Invest to Save Funds could bring about a range of benefits to the hospitals within the Health Board's extensive estate.

  • Article: Feb 5, 2015

    William Powell AM, on behalf of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, has today urged the National Assembly 's Environment & Sustainability Committee to accept amendments to the Well-Being of Future Generations Bill which would put clear climate change targets onto the face of the Bill.

    Commenting ahead of the Committee today, William Powell, Party Spokesperson for Environment and Rural Affairs, said:

  • Article: Feb 4, 2015

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats will today reiterate their stance against fracking. Taking part in a debate today, William Powell AM, Shadow Minister for Environment & Rural Affairs, will call on the Welsh Government to issue a new Technical Advice Note to set out the environmental and health standards expected of fracking operations, enabling Local Planning Authorities to reject applications for fracking unless it is proven safe to do so.

  • Article: Feb 3, 2015

    Following the news that Wales YFC has been unsuccessful in its recent bid for a renewal of its core funding, William Powell AM has today called on the First Minister to ensure that the impact that this loss of funding will have on the future of the Young Farmers' Movement in Wales is fully assessed.

    Wales YFC is the largest rural youth organisation in Wales with current membership standing at just under 6000 10 - 26 year olds, operating across 157 YFC Clubs. The Programme enables young people to develop new skills and gain invaluable training in a range of different areas.