Kirsty Williams

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Kirsty Williams
Kirsty Williams 2011.jpg
Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats
Assumed office
8 December 2008
Preceded by Mike German
Member of the Welsh Assembly
for Brecon and Radnorshire
Assumed office
6 May 1999
Preceded by New Assembly
Majority 2,757 (9.7%)
Personal details
Born (1971-03-19) 19 March 1971 (age 43)
Taunton, Somerset, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Political party Liberal Democrats
Spouse(s) Richard Rees
Alma mater University of Manchester

Victoria Kirstyn Williams CBE AM (born 19 March 1971) is a Welsh politician. She is the leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats and the Member of the Welsh Assembly for Brecon and Radnorshire.

Political career[edit]

Kirsty Williams addressing the Liberal Democrats conference in the Harrogate International Centre in 2009

In the 1997 General Election she contested the constituency of Ogmore coming third. For a long time she was a keen advocate of a Welsh Assembly, and campaigned hard in the 1997 referendum for the creation of the National Assembly for Wales. She was subsequently appointed to the National Assembly Advisory Group by Welsh Secretary Ron Davies.[1]

In her first term she became her party's health spokesman. She also served as Chair of the Welsh Assembly Health and Social Care Committee between 1999 and 2003.[2]

In the 2006 Welsh Yearbook Political Awards, she was voted "Member to Watch 2006" [3] In a poll at the end of 2006, Williams was voted "Sexiest female Liberal Democrat" on the award-winning blog by Stephen Tall.[4]

On 8 December 2008 Williams became leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, having defeated Cardiff Central Assembly Member Jenny Randerson.[5]

In 2011, as leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, she agreed to support the Welsh Labour Government's 2012-2013 £14.5bn Budget on the basis, amongst other things, of securing the Welsh Pupil Premium: an extra £20m to spend on the education of the poorest pupils.[6] Teaching Unions welcomed the deal, with ATL Cymru director Philip Dixon saying: "Our children are our future and investment in them is investment for all. Labour and the Lib Dems deserve credit for ensuring that our children, especially those in most need, will now get a better start in life."[7]

In December 2012, Kirsty won ITV Wales' Assembly Member of the Year Award in a ceremony at Cardiff's City Hall. In the Queen's Birthday Honours 2013 Williams was appointed Commander of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for public and political service.[8]


  1. ^ Kirsty Williams "BBC News AMs profile". BBC. Retrieved 1999-09-01. 
  2. ^ "Kirsty Williams". People in the Assembly (BBC). 12 May 1998. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  3. ^ ITV Local: news, weather, entertainment and more where you live
  4. ^ A Liberal Goes A Long Way: Sexiest female and male Lib Dems - final poll results
  5. ^ "Williams election 'breaks mould'". BBC News. 8 December 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Welsh budget: Labour and Lib Dems reach agreement". BBC News. 25 November 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  7. ^ "Welsh budget deal: Teachers welcome poor pupil cash boost". BBC News. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  8. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60534. p. 9. 15 June 2013.

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Offices held[edit]

National Assembly for Wales
New creation Assembly Member for Brecon and Radnorshire
1999 – present
Party political offices
Preceded by
Mike German
Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the National Assembly
2008 – present
Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats
2008 – present