In this short article, Oliver Townsend, the Welsh Liberal Democrat for Islwyn and the South Wales East regional list, sets out why the party offers a unique and distinctive voice and perspective – and why Wales would be poorer without that contribution.
International Day Against Racial Discrimination
I’m proud to be a Liberal Democrat, a political party that refreshingly is not associated with anti-Semitism, Islamophobia or any other racial phobias.
Racism over the last few years hasn’t increased but it’s being reported more, because trends have changed from, covert Racism to overt Racism. I blame politicians who propagate racial fears, using hate speech as a means to an end, without a care for large sections of the population.
Campaigning in Monmouthshire with Lib Dem Senedd Candidate Jo Watkins
Some of this story might be difficult for someone with an eating disorder to read.
As a candidate for Islwyn in the election in just over two months’ time, I struggled before writing this. Discussions around eating disorders often have a feeling of danger to them. In fact, this will be the first time I have ever put in words this thing I have grappled with. I have talked about ‘unhealthy eating’, or ‘difficult relationship with food’, and for people who know what that means, that’s probably enough.
Other than when I came out as gay, this is one of the hardest things to write.
Anniversary of the Iraq War Protests
(and THAT SPEECH by Lib Dem Leader Charles Kennedy)
Beginning in late 2002, and continuing after the 2003 invasion of Iraq, large-scale protests against the Iraq War were held in many cities worldwide, often coordinated to occur simultaneously around the world. Between six and ten million people took part in protests in up to sixty countries over the weekend of 15th and 16th February. This begs the question, why were the majority not heeded, and why did the war still go ahead?
What to do in a lock-down Valentines Day...
As a Liberal Democrat, I believe in love, and no matter who you are, you deserve it! This year we all have to work that little bit smarter to generate the grandiose gestures of love usually associated with this day, that normally would have some support of scenery, situation and help from other people. There’s no hiding, making of excuses or escape, as we've known each other’s movements for weeks.
‘‘Monmouthshire’s own community radio station is long overdue,’’ says Liberal Democrat Senedd Candidate
Local radio enthusiasts, volunteers, community representatives and business leaders asked to ‘‘step up to the microphone’’ to connect Monmouthshire communities and combat Covid-related isolation. On World Radio Day 2021, the Liberal Democrat Senedd Candidate for South East Wales is calling for a new community radio station for Monmouthshire to combat Covid-related loneliness and sense of isolation.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats have announced Monmouthshire Councillor Jo Watkins as their lead candidate for South Wales East in next year’s Senedd election
Jo Watkins is the Liberal Democrat Group Leader on Monmouthshire County Council, having won her seat in 2017.
As a Caldicot Councillor, Jo has a track record of holding her council to account, fighting for improvements to education, better public transport, and tackling poverty. Jo is also a mother of two school age children, runs her own small business and has been managing a local Food Bank throughout the Covid-19 crisis.
A keen environmentalist, last year Jo successfully persuaded Monmouthshire County Council to declare a council-wide climate emergency, making it the first council in Gwent to do so. She believes that swift action on climate change is necessary to secure a safe and prosperous planet for future generations, and also represents an opportunity for growth in new skills, business, jobs and innovation across Wales.