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Welsh Liberal Democrats ‘make history’ with first party political broadcast comprising solely of women

12 Apr 2021 2 minute read
Jane Dodds and Kirsty Williams.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have said that they have made television history this evening with a party political broadcast comprising solely of women.

The broadcast shown tonight on ITV Wales at 6.25pm and repeated on Friday on BBC1 at 10.35pm featured Party Leader Jane Dodds, Education Minister Kirsty Williams.

The broadcast also featured Sally Stephenson, who is standing in the Vale of Glamorgan, Jo Watkins, who is standing in Monmouthshire, and Alison Alexander, who is the candidate in Montgomeryshire.

Party leader Jane Dodds is standing on the Mid and West Wales party list. Kirsty Williams is standing down after more than 20 years as the Senedd Member for Brecon and Radnorshire.

“Too often politics is seen as an all-male club,” said Jane Dodds. “I’m proud to be leading my party in this election, and I’m equally proud to be joined in this broadcast by Kirsty Williams who’s done an incredible job as Education Minister.

“Along with the three candidates you’ll hear from this evening, I am setting out a positive vision for Wales post covid. The three candidates you’ll hear from in this broadcast all have something to offer their communities and I know they will be fantastic Senedd Members if elected.”

‘Recovery first’

The Welsh Liberal Democrats were the first party in Wales to elect a female leader in 2008 when Kirsty Williams defeated Jenny Randerson. In 2017 Jane Dodds became the party’s second female leader and in the up and coming Senedd election she is the only female party leader in Wales.

Speaking in the broadcast Jane Dodds will say: “All over the world female leaders have been making tough decisions. As the leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, I want to make Wales a place where everyone can achieve their full potential, a Wales we can all be proud of.

“We need to get our country back on its feet after these incredibly difficult and unprecedented times. We cannot afford to be distracted, we need to be resolute. Vote for the Welsh Liberal Democrats in May’s Senedd election and we will put recovery first.”

The broadcast will also be shown on the Party’s Facebook page.

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