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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: Nov 26, 2015

    William Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for Mid & West Wales, has this week praised the work of volunteers in welcoming refugees to Wales and has called on the First Minister for the Welsh Government to do more to facilitate this good work.

    After addressing the First Minister earlier this week, William Powell said:

  • Article: Nov 25, 2015

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats want Wales to lead the way on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, calling for a target to reduce them by 100% by 2050 to be enshrined in the Environment Bill.

    The party has tabled an amendment to the Environment Bill to enshrine such a target in law, which will be considered at a committee meeting on Thursday.

  • Article: Nov 24, 2015

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats are calling on the Minister for Natural Resources, Carl Sargeant, to support the introduction of a Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) in Wales. The system would see customers pay a small cash deposit when they buy a bottled drink, and get the money back when they return the item to a collection point.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2015

    William Powell AM, Chair of the National Assembly's Cross Party Group on Europe, is today urging citizens across Wales to make sure they've registered to vote. The UK Government's controversial decision to bring forward the full implementation of the new system of Individual Electoral Registration to 1st December 2015 means that, unless they make sure they've registered, people across Wales could be denied the right to vote.

  • Article: Nov 19, 2015

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats are leading the call for VAT to be reduced from 20 per cent to 5 per cent on hotels and holiday attractions to boost the tourism industry in Wales.

    This is part of a Liberal Democrat plan to make Wales and the UK more attractive as a holiday destination and to create a jobs revolution in the sector. It means the UK would follow the lead of 25 out of 28 EU member states who have cut VAT on tourist accommodation and attractions.

  • Article: Nov 18, 2015

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats have expressed fears for the future of the planned Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, after the project was not mentioned once in the Energy Secretary's key speech today.

    The project was spearheaded by former Liberal Democrat Energy Secretary Ed Davey, who led a renewed commitment to new renewable energy technologies as part of the Coalition Government.

  • At Ease Garden Opening
    Article: Nov 13, 2015
    By William Powell in Brecon and Radnor Express

    Recalling Harry Patch

    As I gather my thoughts for this Column, it is only hours since towns and villages across our Country came together at their war memorials in solemn remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Whilst the trenches of World War One are etched in our collective awareness, as a Nation we continue to mark the centenary of milestones in that historic conflict, and in doing so, would do well to recall the wisdom in the words of Harry Patch, the 'last fighting Tommy.'

  • Article: Nov 12, 2015
    By William Powell

    William Powell AM this week voted against the huge £10,000 pay rise for Assembly Members.

    Despite urging all parties in the Assembly to join forces to fight the pay rise, the Welsh Liberal Democrats were the only party to vote against the rise. The Tories, Labour and Plaid all voted in support of the increase.

  • Article: Nov 11, 2015
    By William Powell

    In light of the ongoing onslaught against the renewable energy sector by the UK Conservative Government, William Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Environment has urged the Labour Welsh Government to be doing more to protect community energy schemes.

    The Conservatives in Westminster are intending to slash a number of the subsidies available to solar, wind and hydro schemes and the Treasury's latest plan is to remove tax relief incentives for community energy projects.

  • Article: Nov 11, 2015
    By William Powell

    In the context of the concerns raised in the National Assembly Chamber yesterday about the potential announcement today from Dyfed Powys Police HQ that the decision has already been made to withdraw the helicopter from the Dyfed-Powys region, it is even more significant that former Detective Inspector Martin Tavener has come out in support of the calls to save the police helicopter and its base at Pembrey, Carmarthenshire.