Rodney Berman

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Rodney Berman

Rodney Simon Berman OBE is a Liberal Democrat politician, currently a councillor for the Penylan ward of Cardiff. He was formerly a councillor for Plasnewydd ward, and was also leader of Cardiff Council between 2004 and 2012.

Born and raised in Glasgow, Berman studied at the University of Glasgow where he helped run Glasgow University Liberal Democrats, before moving to Wales to study towards a PhD.

Berman stood for election to Parliament as Welsh Liberal Democrat candidate for Cardiff South and Penarth in 2001, and Rhondda in 1997, coming third on each occasion.[1] His agent for the Rhondda seat was Professor Russell Deacon. Berman was the last Liberal Democrat to secure their electoral deposit there until the general election of 2010.

In 2006, Berman was the first winner of the Local Politician of the Year award.[2]

The local elections of 2008 saw the Liberal Democrats under Berman's leadership increase their representation, winning new seats in the east (Trowbridge), west (Llandaff) and south of the city (Butetown). Under Berman's leadership, the Liberal Democrats gained their largest representation in Cardiff for over a century.[citation needed]

In the 2012 council elections, the Liberal Democrats lost control of Cardiff Council to Welsh Labour, and Berman also lost his seat after two recounts.[3]

Berman was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to local government and the community in Cardiff.[4]

He was re-elected as a councillor in May, 2017.

Personal life[edit]

Berman is openly gay. In August 2006, he entered into a Civil Partnership with his partner, former ITV News journalist Nick Speed.[5]


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  1. ^ "Rodney Berman: Electoral history and profile". icWales. London: Western Mail and Echo Ltd. 14 August 2006. Retrieved 25 August 2006. 
  2. ^ "Hain wins top title for work in Wales and N Ireland". Western Mail. Media Wales. 30 November 2006. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Cardiff council's Rodney Berman toppled in cull of leaders". BBC News. 4 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "No. 60367". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2012. p. 9. 
  5. ^ Nifield, Philip. "Partnership ceremony for Berman and partner". South Wales Echo. Media Wales. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 

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