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Success for Welsh Lib Dem campaign to save Lloyd George Museum

2016 Mawrth 16 5:06 PM

David Lloyd GeorgeThe Welsh Liberal Democrats have welcomed the news that the UK Government has confirmed £27,000 of funding per year from 2017-18 until 2019-20 towards the Lloyd George Museum in Llanystumdwy in North Wales.

The news follows an ongoing campaign from the Welsh Liberal Democrats who had been calling on the Welsh Government to make the Lloyd George Museum part of the National Museum of Wales in order to safeguard its future. The Plaid Cymru led Gwynedd Council had planned to withdraw funding for the museum in its 2016/17 budget, but announced last month that the decision would be deferred until 2017.

The party's campaign to save the museum had received recognition and endorsement for this campaign from Lloyd George's great-grandson, David Lloyd George, Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor.

William Powell, AM for Mid & West Wales, jointly tabled a Statement of Opinion last month with Aled Roberts, AM for North Wales, which called on the Welsh Labour Government to "make the museum part of the National Museum of Wales, in order to safeguard the memory of our great Welsh Prime Minister, whose leadership helped save Great Britain from defeat in the Great War".

William Powell AM commented:

"I am delighted that the UK Government has listened to the calls from my party to preserve this important museum for the coming years. It would have been a tragedy if the museum to the only Welsh-speaking Prime Minister ever to have been lost.

"It seemed that the Plaid run Gwynedd Council had little interest in securing the long-term future of the museum. It has been a great tourism attraction for many years and offers a significant boost to the local economy and it was clear to me that it needed to stay open.

"It will of course be important to ensure that a stable source of core funding is secured for the years beyond 2020, but to know that the museum's future is safe for now is a genuine triumph."