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Kirsty Williams

Arweinydd Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol Cymru

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Kirsty Williams portrait


Arweinydd Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol Cymru yw Kirsty Williams. Mae hi wedi cynnal nifer o swyddi dros ei phlaid megis Dirprwy Lywydd Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol Cymru (1999-2000) a Chadeirydd Pwyllgor y Cynulliad dros Iechyd a Gwasanaethau Cymdeithasol (1999-2003). Mae hi'n cynrhychioli Brycheiniog a Sir Faesyfed yn y Cynulliad ers 1999, gan amddiffyn ei sedd yn 2003, 2007 a 2011.

She was born in Taunton Somerset in March 1971 to Welsh parents, her father a librarian from Llanelli and her mother a housewife from Swansea.

After a brief spell in Somerset and Liverpool the family returned to the village of Bynea in Carmarthenshire when Kirsty was 3 years old. Kirsty was educated at the village primary school and St. Michaels School Llanelli. She studied for her degree, a B.A. Hons in American Studies at Manchester University and The University of Missouri.

Prior to her career in politics Kirsty worked at Carmarthenshire College and for a small business in Cardiff as a Marketing Executive. Kirsty married Richard Rees in September 2000. They have three daughters, Angharad born in September 2001, Carys born May 2004 and Rachel in April 2006. They live on the family farm just outside Brecon.


Kirsty joined the Liberal Party at the age of 15; since that time she has held a variety of posts within the party including Deputy President of the Welsh Liberal Democrats 1998-2000. She fought the Ogmore constituency in the 1997 General Election.

Following the Assembly Referendum in 1997 she was appointed to the National Assembly Advisory Group by the then Secretary of State for Wales, Ron Davies. She was selected to fight the Brecon & Radnorshire Constituency for the Welsh Liberal Democrats in 1998. She successfully won the seat in 1999 and became the party's health spokesperson and Chair of the Assembly's Health and Social Services Committee 1999-2003.

Kirsty successfully defended her Brecon & Radnorshire seat in 2003, 2007 and 2011.

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  • Erthygl: 2013 Ion 15

    Following the Welsh Government's announcement that there is to be £25 million to go towards the new Health Technologies Fund, Kirsty Williams AM has called on the Welsh Labour Government to invest in innovative radiotherapy techniques like CyberKnife radiotherapy, intensity-modulated radiation therapy and image guided radiation therapy that will treat cancer patients in Wales rather then send patients to be treated in England.

  • Erthygl: 2012 Rhag 5

    Responding to today's Autumn Statement, Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats commented:

    "Thanks to the Liberal Democrats influence in Government, over a million people in Wales will be benefiting from today's tax announcement. The Tories may have their own priorities, but the Liberal Democrats are ensuring that those on lower and middle incomes are keeping as much of the money they earn as possible

  • Erthygl: 2012 Rhag 5

    Responding to the Health Minister's announcement that she is to allocate an additional £82 million to the NHS, Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats commented:

    "The Minister is predictably denying that this is a bailout. The Minister has plugged a hole in the NHS' finances by raiding its capital budget. I struggle to see how this can be described as anything other than a bailout.

  • Erthygl: 2012 Rhag 4

    Commenting on the Human Transplantation (Wales) Bill, which has been published today, Shadow Minister for Health, Kirsty Williams AM commented:

    "I welcome the publication of the Bill today, but of course there is still a long way to go. The fact that the consultations undertaken by the Welsh Government received nearly 3,000 responses just goes to show how strong feelings are on this issue.

  • Erthygl: 2012 Tach 28

    Statistics released today have shown that ambulance response times have fallen for the fifth successive month. The Government's all-Wales target is for 65% of category A (immediately life-threatening) calls to receive an ambulance response time within eight minutes. This target was missed, with only 59.9% of calls in October receiving an ambulance within that time.

  • Erthygl: 2012 Tach 28

    The Welsh Labour government has presided over a failing cancer service that dictates the speed of treatment by where a person lives, according to the leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats Kirsty Williams.

    The Welsh government's target is for 95% of urgent suspected cancer patients to be seen by a cancer specialist by 62 days. Statistics have shown that the target was missed by nearly 10%, with just 86% of patients being seen within the target time. Only one Local Health Board, Aneurin Bevan, met the 95% target.

  • Erthygl: 2012 Tach 22

    Responding to the Wales Audit Office's update on health finances in Wales, Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats said:

    "It is of grave concern that Health Boards could face a budget shortfall of £131 million. I'm not convinced that David Sissling and Lesley Griffiths realise how potentially risky the situation is. There seems to be a huge disconnect with what the Wales Audit Office is saying and what the NHS chief said last week.

  • Erthygl: 2012 Tach 20

    It is wholly unacceptable for the First Minister to be the sole decider on whether he and his cabinet colleagues have broken ministerial rules, according to Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams.

    This week the Welsh Liberal Democrats are using their debate to lead on their campaign calling for the Welsh Government to commit to ensuring the policing of the ministerial code is independent and transparent.

  • Erthygl: 2012 Tach 19

    Responding to the release of the Silk Commission's first report, Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats commented:

    "The Welsh Liberal Democrats' vision for devolution has always included ensuring the National Assembly has the best range of powers available to improve the lives of the people of Wales. The idea that the National Assembly can make laws and spend money, but can't control how much tax is collected has always been an anomaly. We are delighted that today's report has very much endorsed this view.

  • Erthygl: 2012 Tach 13

    The Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Kirsty Williams, has criticised the Health Minister for not being in control of her department after it was revealed that she sent Welsh Government officials to observe NCF meetings but didn't seem to know what was going on in these meetings.

    It has been revealed that an independent report by the NCF criticising changes in Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) was rewritten following intervention by the chief executive, Marry Burrows.