The first Private Members Bill under the Assembly's new powers will become a reality if voted through later today. Assembly Member Peter Black's Bill aims to safeguard the rights of both mobile home residents and site owners.
This Bill has always been about fairness and social justice. For too long mobile home residents have had a raw deal and not had the rights they deserve. Under the current law there is little protection for residents from unscrupulous park homes site owners; a minority of whom may exploit their position for personal gain.
Problems can include poor site management and vetoing or deterring legitimate sales. My Bill would stop this unfairness.
The Liberal Democrats say they'd cut the basic rate of income tax by 2p if they were in a future Welsh Government with tax-varying powers. Finance spokesman Peter Black says it's in keeping with the ideals of the last Liberal Prime Minister, Lloyd George, who's 150th birthday it would be today.
Welsh Liberal Democrats have rejected the findings of a poll published in today's Western Mail which suggests they'll pick up just half the number of votes they won in 2008. Peter Black AM dismissed the poll findings as 'inconsistent' and said other surveys showed different levels of support.
But he acknowledged that Thursday will be a difficult election for the party, saying that,
We know what the trends are; we're working to buck those trends.
Welsh Liberal Democrats have accused Labour ministers of 'leaving to gather dust' a law on healthy eating which was passed unanimously by the Assembly two and a half years ago. The legislation to promote good nutrition in schools won Royal Assent in October 2009. Lib Dem Chief Whip Peter Black said,
Either the Labour Government is deliberately ignoring the will of the Welsh legislature or they are too lazy to implement what was passed in the Assembly 30 months ago.