Across South Wales West there is a hard working Welsh Liberal Democrat Team working for you

As the local Welsh Liberal Assembly Member since 1999, Peter Black has been working with councillors and lead campaigners across Bridgend, Ogmore, Neath, Port Talbot, Swansea and Gower.

You can make a difference to the way that Wales is run by joining the Welsh Liberal Democrats and working with them to improve the quality of life enjoyed by people in local communities.

About Peter Black

Peter Black

Peter Black AM

Born in 1960, Peter Black is a former civil servant. He worked for the Land Registry for Wales from 1983 to 1999. He is married to Angela and lives in the Manselton area of Swansea. He has been a member of the City and County of Swansea and its predecessor Council since 1984.

Peter is a former Chair of the Welsh Liberal Democrats and the party's spokesperson on Local Government, Heritage, Housing and Finance. He is a member of the Assembly Commission where he has responsibility for ICT, sustainability and the Assembly estate. His interests include housing, science fiction, film, theatre and poetry. Click on the photograph for a more complete biography and contact details.

Read Peter's on-line pamphlet 'This is what the Welsh Liberal Democrats are for.

Recent updates

  • Peter Black and Kirsty Williams listening to nurses at Morriston Hospital

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly member for South Wales West, Peter Black joined Brecon and Radnorshire AM, Kirsty Williams and his party's candidate for Swansea East, Amina Jamal yesterday in a consultation session with nurses in Morriston hospital on Kirsty's private members bill which seeks to introduce minimum nurse staffing levels in Welsh hospitals.

    Article / Aug 19, 2014
  • The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly member for South Wales West Peter Black has joined with local residents in calling on Swansea Council to remove stones which they dumped on Caswell beach in March of this year.

    Mr. Black has written to the Council's Head of Culture and Tourism asking for an explanation as to why he decided to deposit stones on the beach instead of instigating a programme of sand replenishment, and constructing groynes to combat erosion as happens elsewhere on the Welsh coastline

    Article / Aug 16, 2014
  • Second Campus

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly member for South Wales West Peter Black has praised the new Swansea University campus on Fabian Way as an important asset for the Swansea Bay region that has the potential to bring many jobs and prosperity to the area.

    Mr. Black was speaking after being shown around the development by representatives of St. Modwen and the University.

    Article / Aug 15, 2014
  • By Peter Black in South Wales Evening Post

    The decision by the Welsh Government to choose the most expensive route for an M4 extension around Newport has been universally condemned, even by those who believe that building roads are an answer to traffic congestion.

    Although, there is a consensus that something needs to be done to deal with problems around the Brynglas tunnels, the chosen route is not just the most expensive but also the most environmentally damaging.

    Article / Aug 7, 2014
  • By Peter Black in Seaside News August 2014

    Last month I held a short debate in the Assembly on the problems faced by many people in obtaining a blue badge.

    The Welsh Government has changed the rules so as to stop the abuse of this system. That is welcome but the downside is that large numbers of people who are genuinely entitled to a blue badge are not getting one.

    Article / Aug 2, 2014
  • The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly member for South Wales West Peter Black has attacked Bridgend Council's plans to close down, and sell Porthcawl Museum as an act of cultural vandalism.

    Mr Black's comments follow recent confirmation by the Council that Porthcawl Museum is to be shut, and the building sold to the highest bidder as early as this autumn following the failure of talks with Porthcawl Town Council that could have seen the 150 year old Museum's ownership transferred to them.

    Article / Jul 31, 2014
  • By Peter Black in Glamorgan Gazette

    The decision by the Welsh Government to choose the most expensive route for an M4 extension around Newport has been universally condemned, even by those who believe that building roads are an answer to traffic congestion.

    Although, there is a consensus that something needs to be done to deal with problems around the Brynglas tunnels, the chosen route is not just the most expensive but also the most environmentally damaging.

    Article / Jul 31, 2014
  • Liberal Democrats have helped to restore the UK economy to pre-crash levels, figures released today show.

    The UK economy has grown by 0.8% over the last quarter, ensuring that the UK economy has now returned to the same level it had before the banking crisis in 2008.

    Commenting, the Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black] said:

    Article / Jul 25, 2014
  • The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has written to the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport after residents reported that traveller caravans have started to gather on land next to Amazon off Fabian Way near Swansea.

    Two traveller caravans have appeared on the site near Amazon in Crymlyn Burrows. This is not the first time traveller caravans have appeared on the site, and residents are concerned that more are likely to follow.

    Article / Jul 16, 2014
  • The Welsh Liberal Democrats have revealed today that many people in Wales are waiting months on end until they can attend an

    NHS hearing reassessment.

    A Freedom of Information request by the Welsh Liberal Democrats to Health Boards reveals that waiting times for:

    • hearing aid reassessments within Cwm Taf HB are more than 17 months; 
    Article / Jul 15, 2014
  • The Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has called on the First Minister to take action to protect leaseholders elsewhere in Wales from falling victim to the sort of rent review clauses in their leases that have hit residents of the Elba Works estate in Gowerton. 

    Article / Jul 15, 2014
  • By Peter Black in South Wales Evening Post

    During a debate in the National Assembly on the digital economy recently, the Welsh Liberal Democrats called for an end to misleading broadband claims which often see customers paying for high speed broadband contracts which do not reflect the speed of service that was advertised.

    I am very concerned that people locally may not be getting a fair deal from their broadband provider. Customers are paying for high speed broadband contracts but in reality they only receive very slow broadband speeds which do not match the level of service that was advertised.

    Article / Jul 10, 2014
  • The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black

    has called on on Neath Port Talbot Council to change their proposed arrangements for collecting rubbish following tomorrow's strike to something more sensible.

    The Council have said that any rubbish not collected because of the strike tomorrow will have to be stored by affected householders for an extra two weeks before being put out for collection on the next normal day in the cycle.

    Article / Jul 9, 2014
  • Responding to the Welsh Government's White Paper published today, 'Reforming Local Government', the Welsh Liberal Democrat Local Government Spokesperson, Peter Black said that it left many questions on reorganisation unanswered, details on costs and council tax levels remain unclear, whilst without reform of the way the new councils are elected we will end up with more of the same:

    Article / Jul 8, 2014
  • The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black

    is urging the families of patients who have been in residential or nursing homes or were being cared for elsewhere for long term illnesses between 1st April 2004 and 31st July 2013 to lodge claims with their local health board to recover the costs of continuing medical care before the deadline of 31 July 2014 so as to avoid missing out.

    Article / Jul 8, 2014
  • The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has welcomed a manifesto promise by his party to see carers receive a bonus worth up to £250-a-year under a future Liberal Democrat government, which would help more than 13,000 people in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, and Bridgend.

    Article / Jul 3, 2014
  • Ahead of the Tour de France's Grand Départ in Yorkshire on Saturday, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have repeated their calls for a stage of the Tour to come to Wales.

    It was in the Welsh Liberal Democrat 2011 manifesto for Wales to bid for the Tour de France, and with the world-famous race visiting England this year, the possibility of visiting Wales in the future is even greater.

    Article / Jul 3, 2014
  • South Wales West Liberal Democrat Assembly Member, Peter Black is encouraging South Wales West residents to install energy-saving home improvements, under the Coalition Government's Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), and claim up to £7,600 back.

      The GDHIF is a new scheme open to all householders, landlords and tenants in England and Wales who want to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. The scheme helps pay for a range of measures such as solid wall insulation and new boilers if people get at least two eligible Green Deal energy efficiency improvements. 

    Article / Jul 2, 2014
  • The Welsh Liberal Democrat spokesperson on Local Government and Equalities, Peter Black, has accused the Welsh Labour Government of failing to sort out the confusion and bureaucracy surrounding the issuing of blue badges to disabled and elderly people in Wales.

    Peter is hosting a debate on this issue in the National Assembly on Wednesday evening.

    Article / Jul 2, 2014
  • The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales, West Peter Black

    has expressed his concern at the way Neath Port Talbot Council are dealing with the proposal to close the right turn options to and from Elba Crescent as part of the University campus building work.

    Works to create an access road to the University campus will mean that right turns to Elba Crescent from Fabian Way and vice versa will be prevented on three separate occasions for a three weeks period on each occasion. As a result residents living in Elba Crescent and Baldwin's Crescent will face a long detour to travel to and from their homes.

    Article / Jul 2, 2014

Rob Speht - Swansea West

Rob Speht - Swansea West

Sam Samuel - Swansea East

Sam Samuel - Swansea East

Peter May - Gower

Peter May - Gower

Helen

Helen Ceri Clarke - Aberavon

Mathew McCarthy - Neath

Mathew McCarthy - Neath

Briony Davies

Briony Davies - Bridgend

Gerald Francis

Gerald Francis - Ogmore

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