Welsh Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Mark Williams MP has been appointed Vice Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Campaigns Team and will lead the party's Rural Communities campaign, it has been announced.
The Ceredigion MP will lead one of the seven key campaigning priorities announced today by new Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron. The Parliamentary Campaigns Team, chaired by Greg Mulholland MP, consists of:
- Rural Communities and Vice Chair - Mark Williams MP
- EU referendum - Catherine Bearder MEP and Lord Jim Wallace (Deputy)
- Mental Health - Norman Lamb MP
- Immigration - Shas Sheehan
- Civil Liberties - Alistair Carmichael MP
- Green Economy - Baroness Susan Kramer
- Housing - Tim Farron MP
Mark Williams MP, Deputy Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:
“‘I am delighted to have this new responsibility for rural campaigning across Britain, and of course in particular in Wales. This brief covers a huge range of issues – the plight of the agricultural industry, the provision of services and infrastructure across rural areas, and making sure the needs of rural areas are understood at the very heart of Government.
“I look forward to working with colleagues across the party to ensure that Liberal Democrats once again become the champions of rural Britain.”
Tim Farron MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said:
“These are the core issues I want the Liberal Democrats to stand out on and take a lead on.
“Sensible, liberal and evidence-based views are already being woefully ignored by the Tory government - so it’s up to Liberal Democrats to make this case.
“Whether it’s helping young people in rural areas find work, or ensuring those with mental health difficulties have effective support, our liberal voice is needed now more than ever.
“Whether it’s investing in green energy, building the homes we need; understanding the plight of refugees, or ensuring the state can’t snoop on our emails, my party will offer that liberal alternative.
“And with David Cameron’s hokey-cokey diplomacy on Europe, the Liberal Democrats will stand up for our country and make the passionate case for Britain to lead, not leave the EU.
“This team will work alongside Lib Dems in all chambers, Parliaments and offices to drive forward strong and signature campaigns. I can’t wait to get started.”