William Powell AM has been chosen by Welsh Liberal Democrat members to lead the party’s Mid and West Wales regional list for the Assembly elections.
The order of this list is:
- William Powell
- Jane Dodds
- Gemma Bowker
- Bob Kilmister
- Alistair Cameron
- Stephen Churchman
William is the Welsh Liberal Democrat AM for Mid & West Wales. In this capacity he has been a strong voice for local people within the National Assembly since 2011, taking up issues on behalf of many people within the area and speaking for the party on the environment, farming and the rural economy. He has led on major campaigning issues, such as looking to save the Dyfed Powys Police Helicopter, on recruitment of nurses, and urging the UK Government to apply to the European Union Solidarity Fund to support communities who have suffered from recent floods.
William, a livestock farmer, is an qualified languages teacher and graduate of Pembroke College, Oxford.
William Powell AM said:
“I am delighted to have been elected by party members to lead this incredibly strong team. It has been an absolute honour to represent the people of Mid and West Wales over the last five years and I hope to be given the opportunity to continue with the work that I have started.
“During this Assembly the Welsh Liberal Democrats have shown that we can stand up and deliver for rural people. We used our influence to secure funding for major projects like the Dyfi Bridge and delivered £34m extra investment for schools in our region, while also campaigning to re-open the Carmarthen to Aberystwyth line and keeping key health services at Withybush.
“The Welsh Liberal Democrats have listened to people’s concerns; our manifesto priorities will be your priorities: more nurses on hospital wards, smaller class sizes for our children, and an Opportunity Economy which helps businesses grow and supports people to own their own home. The Welsh Liberal Democrats will deliver a Wales that works for you.”
Jane Dodds is the Welsh Assembly candidate for Montgomeryshire, having stood as the parliamentary candidate for the constituency in 2015. Jane lives in Welshpool with her husband Patrick, and is known for her campaign for improved health facilities including an urgent health centre, and cross border health issues. Jane is a Welsh speaker from Wrexham originally, and works as a social worker in a safeguarding service.
Dr Gemma Bowker is a County and Town Councillor in Powys and has previously worked as a journalist. She is the Assembly candidate for Llanelli. As a County Councillor she has worked hard for her local area and recently had a motion on public participation passed by Powys County Council. Gemma has a PhD in Drama and Theatre Studies and lives in Newtown, Powys, with her husband, three-year-old son and new-born daughter.
Cllr Bob Kilmister lives near Llanychaer on a smallholding and has been the County Councillor for Dinas Cross Ward on Pembrokeshire County Council since 2008. He is Leader of the Pembrokeshire Alliance Group on the Council. He has been a Liberal member since 1980. He has been a very strong critic of Pembrokeshire County Council but at all times has tried to remain constructive. He is absolutely opposed to the proposal of the Welsh Labour government to abolish Pembrokeshire and replace it with Dyfed. He has been happily married to Nikki for 39 years and has a son currently studying at Exeter University. Bob worked for 30 years for J Sainsbury Plc and was a Store Manager and Distribution Manager
Alistair Cameron is the Assembly Candidate for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire. He grew up and was educated in Pembrokeshire and he currently teaches English at a further education college. He wants to abolish the Cleddau Bridge tolls and he opposes the proposed merger of existing councils to recreate Dyfed. He is concerned about the loss of medical services at Withybush Hospital as well as pressures at Glangwili Hospital. He is also concerned about the threat to the Avenue Centre in Tenby and the need to boost the income at Tenby Museum and Art Gallery.
Stephen Churchman has been a County Councillor in Gwynedd for eleven years after winning the seat from Plaid Cymru. Before that he was a London Borough councillor in the 1980s and 1990s. He has had careers in industry and retail, and long term experience as foster carer. Stephen has a strong reputation in campaigning on health issues and has been highly critical of the Labour Government constantly focussing on issues purely surrounding the m4 corridor. He believes Labour has ignored rural Wales for too long.