Local MP Mark Williams becomes Welsh Lib Dem leader

Mark WilliamsCEREDIGION’S long-serving MP Mark Williams has this week been made leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats. It was announced by the party’s National Executive Committee that he would be taking over from Kirsty Williams AM, who is now the only Welsh Liberal Democrat in the Welsh Assembly.

Williams was first elected the MP for Ceredigion a decade ago in 2005. He studied at Aberystwyth University before working for Geraint Howells, the Liberal MP for Ceredigion, and then 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. He was one of just eight Liberal Democrats to defend his seat in the 2015 general election to work for Ceredigion for a third successive term.

He released a statement after this week’s meeting expressing his gratitude for his predecessor.

“It is a great honour to become leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats.

It is a great challenge to follow in the footsteps of Kirsty Williams, who has served us outstandingly for eight years through challenging times. Every one of us owe her a huge debt of gratitude.

These coming months and years will test the flame of liberalism, and I will do everything possible to ensure that flame burns brightly again across our great nation.

Despite the election results, I’m heartened by the growing number of members and activists joining us because they believe in our cause, and I call on any person who shares our values to join us in our fight.”

Over the coming days and weeks more statements are expected from the party leader following the selection of a team of spokespeople.