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Kirsty Williams

Arweinydd Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol Cymru

AC Brycheiniog a Sir Faesyfed

Kirsty Williams portrait


Arweinydd Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol Cymru yw Kirsty Williams. Mae hi wedi cynnal nifer o swyddi dros ei phlaid megis Dirprwy Lywydd Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol Cymru (1999-2000) a Chadeirydd Pwyllgor y Cynulliad dros Iechyd a Gwasanaethau Cymdeithasol (1999-2003). Mae hi'n cynrhychioli Brycheiniog a Sir Faesyfed yn y Cynulliad ers 1999, gan amddiffyn ei sedd yn 2003, 2007 a 2011.

She was born in Taunton Somerset in March 1971 to Welsh parents, her father a librarian from Llanelli and her mother a housewife from Swansea.

After a brief spell in Somerset and Liverpool the family returned to the village of Bynea in Carmarthenshire when Kirsty was 3 years old. Kirsty was educated at the village primary school and St. Michaels School Llanelli. She studied for her degree, a B.A. Hons in American Studies at Manchester University and The University of Missouri.

Prior to her career in politics Kirsty worked at Carmarthenshire College and for a small business in Cardiff as a Marketing Executive. Kirsty married Richard Rees in September 2000. They have three daughters, Angharad born in September 2001, Carys born May 2004 and Rachel in April 2006. They live on the family farm just outside Brecon.


Kirsty joined the Liberal Party at the age of 15; since that time she has held a variety of posts within the party including Deputy President of the Welsh Liberal Democrats 1998-2000. She fought the Ogmore constituency in the 1997 General Election.

Following the Assembly Referendum in 1997 she was appointed to the National Assembly Advisory Group by the then Secretary of State for Wales, Ron Davies. She was selected to fight the Brecon & Radnorshire Constituency for the Welsh Liberal Democrats in 1998. She successfully won the seat in 1999 and became the party's health spokesperson and Chair of the Assembly's Health and Social Services Committee 1999-2003.

Kirsty successfully defended her Brecon & Radnorshire seat in 2003, 2007 and 2011.

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Manylion Cyswllt

Cysylltwch â Kirsty Williams.

Diweddariadau Diweddar

  • Erthygl: 2010 Hyd 5

    Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats is today calling for a review of the policing of the Ministerial Code as the current system lacks democratic accountability and impartiality.

    Recent requests to bring Ministers to account have resulted in the First Minister conducting investigations into his own colleagues, without any reference to independent and impartial opinion.

  • Erthygl: 2010 Medi 30

    The First Minister, Carwyn Jones, has finally responded to Kirsty Williams' letter asking him to investigate why the Health Minister has spent months denying the existence of a critical document which exposes the failures of Labour's leadership of the NHS.

    Describing the document as 'a compilation of slides' he has denied that the Health Minster was even involved in McKinsey's 5 year Strategic review of the Welsh NHS.

  • Erthygl: 2010 Medi 28

    A new report released by Cancer Research UK has highlighted inadequacies in Wales' approach to cancer prevention and treatment and suggests that Wales is now slipping behind both Scotland and England.

    The report highlights the importance of cancer plans in setting direction, ensuring best use of resources to reduce cancer incidence and mortality, improving cancer outcomes.Worryingly, one of its first substantive overarching recommendations is that: "A more comprehensive plan should be developed to ensure consistent delivery, implementation and integration across Wales." (Page 4)

  • Erthygl: 2010 Medi 22

    Dear Carwyn,

    My concerns about the Health Minister knowingly misleading the Assembly

    Yesterday, during First Minister's questions, you confirmed that you expect all your ministers to conform to the Ministerial Code of conduct, which states that:

    It is of paramount importance that Ministers give accurate and truthful information to the Assembly, correcting any inadvertent error at the earliest opportunity. Ministers who knowingly mislead the Assembly will be expected to offer their resignation to the First Minister;

  • Erthygl: 2010 Medi 21

    Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, has today exposed a leaked report that the Health Minister has spent months denying exists.

    Last year, the Health Minister commissioned McKinsey and Company to carry out a review of the NHS and formulate a five year framework for health services in Wales. She has since twice denied the existence of the report that highly criticises the leadership of the Welsh NHS. In answers to written questions, the Health Minister said:

  • Erthygl: 2010 Medi 21

    "How far do we roll back the state is not the right question for Liberals. It is how far we are able to make the state the agent of change, the instrument of political reform, the vehicle of economic renewal and the guarantor of social justice."

    Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams' speech to Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference 2010.
  • Erthygl: 2010 Medi 17

    Sadly, on Wednesday night, Lord Livsey of Talgarth (Richard Livsey), former MP for Brecon and Radnorshire and Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats died peacefully at home.

    Kirsty Williams AM, Leader of Welsh Liberal Democrats said:

    "Richard Livsey was a man of immense honour and decency who was loved and respected by his constituents, colleagues and by politicians of all parties.

  • Erthygl: 2010 Medi 2

    Commenting on the report of the Electoral Commission into the wording of the proposed referendum on law making powers for the Welsh Assembly, Kirsty Williams AM, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:

    "The UK Government has acted swiftly to ensure a referendum on law making powers takes place as early as possible. The Liberal Democrats in Government at Westminster are now delivering on our 100 year old commitment to devolve real power from Westminster to the Welsh people.

  • Erthygl: 2010 Awst 18

    Commenting on the 100th day of the Westminster Coalition Government, Kirsty Williams AM, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:

    After thirteen years of Labour government, Wales was left with a third of children living in poverty, a wider gap between rich and poor than under the Conservatives and the lowest social mobility in Western Europe.

  • Erthygl: 2010 Awst 10

    The Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Kirsty Williams, has warned the First Minister that he is in danger of dividing the Yes campaign before it even gets off the ground.

    Carwyn Jones recently used a speech at the Eisteddfod, purporting to support a Yes vote, to link the referendum on law making powers with the need to review the Barnett funding formula.