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Kirsty Williams to stand down next May

Kirsty Williams - photo via Welsh Lib Dems

Kirsty Williams, Liberal Democrat education minister in the Welsh government, has today announced she is going to stand down next May:

Week in, week out during the coronavirus crisis, she has not only made a huge different to people’s lives in Wales but also shown people in the rest of the UK just what a big and welcome difference it makes to have a good education minister in place.

For over two decades she’s been a powerful voice for liberalism and winning elections in Wales. Understandably, Kirsty Williams now feels it is time for something different:
Kirsty Williams letter page 1
Kirsty Williams letter page 2
Thank you for all you’ve done, Kirsty.

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2 responses to “Kirsty Williams to stand down next May”

  1. I don’t know Kirsty except by repute, but this decision is enormously disappointing. She should have let the Party know far sooner, or stayed on for another term. She knows she will be hard to replace, and she knows Lib Dem morale is currently low which makes it much more difficult.

    Is there an obvious successor — I do hope so.

    Of course we owe her a big thank you, but not for the timing.

  2. That’s a bit harsh Kate. I suspect it has been a struggle for Kirsty to make this decision, and in fact, in campaigning terms, it is actually the right time to announce. Had she done it earlier she would have set hares running and given opponents an open goal to kick at us. Of course she will have spoken to senior party people so that they have ducks-in-a-row for finding her successor, and you and I were not on her list of people to speak to.
    Kirsty, I only know you from your conference speeches, and you have been an inspiration to me and many others, so a huge huge thank you…

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