Mark Williams was first elected the MP for Ceredigion in 2005.
He was born in Hertford where he went to Richard Hale Secondary School, and then Aberystwyth University. He then worked for Geraint Howells, the Liberal MP for Ceredigion, before becoming a Research Assistant to Liberal Peers in the House of Lords. He later worked as a Primary School Teacher and Deputy Headteacher before being elected to Parliament.
While at Aberystwyth, Mark became the Secretary of the Liberal Society and was selected as the Lib Dem candidate in Monmouth (1997) and Ceredigion (2000 & 2001), winning there in 2005 and 2010.
Record Of Delivery
Mark has a strong record of delivering for local people. As an MP, Mark has:
- Worked with affected local businesses to get justice after the banks mis-sold financial products
- Successfully campaigned for greater rights to request flexible working for carers
- Successfully campaigned to stop exploratory drilling for oil and gas in Cardigan Bay
- Successfully lobbied for resources to ensure the continued provision of a Welsh language channel following threats to its future funding
- Secured facilities for motorcycle testing in Ceredigion, and a review of new rules to make testing more accessible for those in rural areas
- Fought to protect beds and services at hospitals across Ceredigion
- Campaigned for a Grocery Market Ombudsman to make sure farmers get a fair price for their produce
- Helped to give 23,800 people in Ceredigion a £700 tax cut [source bit.ly/1cZe3KF]
He has also helped resolve over 18,000 local peoples’ concerns since 2005.
Mark's campaign to protect local health services continues and he is campaigning to give people in Ceredigion another £100 tax cut. Mark is also working hard to combat fuel costs for those living in rural areas and continues fighting to protect access to local services for his constituents.
In his spare time, Mark enjoys walking, gardening and collecting political biographies. He lives with his wife Helen, three daughters Eleanor, Anna and Eliza, and son Oliver. Helen runs the local family centre in Borth.
Mark was appointed to the Welsh Affairs Select Committee in 2005 before becoming the Liberal Democrat spokesman for Wales, and at varying times has been spokesman on Schools and Higher Education. He is Co-Chair of the Lib-Dem Group for Welsh Affairs, Secretary of the APPG on Rail in Wales, Chair of the APPG on Tourism in Wales, and Co-Chair of the APPG on Global Education for All.
During his time as a local MP Mark has raised a range of issues in Parliament with Government relating to the provision of services in Wales such as the Post Office network, rural broadband and local police funding. With a large farming community in Ceredigion, Mark has held debates on agricultural issues such as milk prices, electronic tagging of sheep and hill farming. He has also worked in Parliament on issues around infrastructure, taxation, skills, the protection of small business, legal aid funding, fuel poverty, matters relating to education, as well as the devolution of powers to the Welsh Assembly. He continued to represent Ceredigion in Parliament, having increased his majority in the 2010 general election to over 50% of the vote.
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