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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 with Milford Haven postman Ben Wilcox (left) handing over a posting peg (for putting letters through letter and Mitzi, the dog
    Article: Jul 2, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has given his support to the Royal mail's dog awareness week to raise understanding of the issue of dog attacks on postmen and women in Wales.

    In the SA postcode area, around 29 postmen and women were subjected to attacks by dogs from April 2013 to April 2014, a 4 per cent increase on the previous year. In Wales as a whole over all seven postcodes, the number of attacks during the same period was 205.

  • Article: Jul 2, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has welcomed the news that under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans for the General Election, pensioners would be guaranteed to earn at least an extra £790 per year by the end of the next parliament.

    Liberal Democrat Pensions Minister Steve Webb, has announced that the Liberal Democrats will guarantee in law that in each year pensions will rise by the highest of wages, prices or 2.5%. This guarantee would ensure an increase in the value of the state pension of at least £790 per year by the end of the next Parliament, to the direct benefit of many thousands of pensioners in South Wales West.

  • Article: Jul 2, 2014
    By Peter Black in Seaside News

    On 1st June we marked the 75th anniversary of the loss of HMS Thetis together with 99 of the 103 men on board, when it sank in Liverpool bay off the coast of Llandudno. It was he Royal Navy's worst submarine disaster.

    I have a particular interest in this tragedy as my grandfather worked at Camell Lairds and was involved in the submarine's construction. It is reputed that he was meant to be aboard that day for the ship's first test dive, but he was ill and unable to go into work.

  • Article: Jul 1, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats Equalities Spokesperson, Peter Black has voiced his disappointment that the Welsh Labour Government are not going far enough to support women who suffer from violence and domestic abuse in the Bill introduced in plenary today: Gender-based Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Bill.

  • Article: Jul 1, 2014

    Reacting to the news of potential redundancies at Tata Steel's Port Talbot plant, Peter Black, Welsh Liberal Democrat AM for South Wales West, said:

    "This is very sad news for the workers at Tata Steel, and I hope they're able to find the support that they need at this difficult time.

    "The Welsh Government need to act quickly so those workers who are facing redundancy will know what options are available to them. Both the Welsh and UK Governments must work together to ensure that no-one is left behind by this announcement."

  • Article: Jun 26, 2014
    By Peter Black in Glamorgan Gazette

    During a debate in the National Assembly on the digital economy last month, 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 they were advertised.

    I am very concerned that people in Bridgend 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: Jun 24, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrat spokesperson on social justice, Peter Black

    has warned people to beware of payday lenders seeking to pass themselves off as credit unions after Somerset Savings and Loans credit union accused them of doing just that in their own area.

    Reports in the Western Daily Press say that Somerset Savings and Loans treasurer, Paul Urch is writing to MPs and church leaders in a bid to expose big pay day loan companies, who, he says, are disguising  themselves as credit unions and posing as ethical bankers so as to bypass bad publicity..

  • Article: Jun 19, 2014

    New figures released today show that new affordable houses completed by Registered Social Landlord (housing associations) in the last quarter of 2013 was down 16% on the previous year, despite the fact that there are nearly 90,000 households on social housing waiting lists.

    The Welsh Housing Minister has set a new target of 10,000 new affordable by the end of the Assembly term, yet these figure reveal that during the October to December quarter 2013-14 only 159 new dwellings were built by housing associations.

  • Article: Jun 19, 2014

    Peter Black AM has accused the Welsh Labour Government of demonstrating a 'complete lack of leadership' with regards to plans for reorganisation of local government in Wales.

    Later today the Local Government Minister is expected to announce that she will legislate so that local authorities that merge early will hold elections in May 2018. However, despite the Welsh Government pledging that it will work with other parties, it did not consult on this issue. This follows a trend, after the Welsh Government failed to include members of all of the parties to be on the Williams Commission - which was responsible for drawing up the blueprint for the future of local government in Wales.

  • Meeting Arthritis sufferers
    Article: Jun 18, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has called on ABMU Health Board to invest in better care facilities for sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis in Swansea, after meeting sufferers in the Welsh Assembly.

    Mr. Black met up with NRAS Ambassador Cynthia Rees and constituent Peter Jones (pictured) during a launch event for national Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Week on Tuesday. He discussed with them their concerns about variations in the quality of services for rheumatoid arthritis patients across Wales and the problems they are experiencing in Singleton and Morriston Hospitals.

  • Article: Jun 17, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has called for the health minister to make a statement to the Assembly Plenary accounting for huge sums of money paid to patients and their relatives by ABMU Health Board in compensation for poor care over the last three years.

  • Article: Jun 17, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats spokesperson on sport, Peter Black has called on the First Minister to show some leadership and work with other nations within the UK to put together a stop-gap bid to host the 2022 World Cup, if Qatar loses its status as host because  of corruption allegations and recent revelations that it may be vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

  • Article: Jun 15, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has written to Swansea Council's Chief Executive demanding that the authority think again about the huge rent increases they are imposing on leaseholders living on the former Elba works site in Gowerton.

    Mr. Black has written following a number of meetings he held with affected residents in their homes this morning. In his letter he has set out ten questions which he wants the Chief Executive to answer about how the review has been conducted and on what basis the issue can be resolved.

  • Article: Jun 12, 2014
    By Peter Black in South Wales Evening Post

    The last few weeks have seen some significant anniversaries..

    On 1st June we marked the 75th anniversary of the loss of HMS Thetis together with 99 of the 103 men on board, when it sank in Liverpool bay off the coast of Llandudno. It was a tragic accident and the Royal Navy's worst submarine disaster.

  • Article: Jun 10, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has called on the Welsh Government to do more to address the standards of care given to young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties.

    The Welsh Government are staging a debate today noting "Welsh Government action to improve mental health and well-being in Wales". Welsh Liberal Democrats have tabled amendments to the motion calling for more to be done to prevent young people being put on adult psychiatric wards, a completely inappropriate practice which has been going on for years and which the government has known about but has done nothing to address.

  • Article: Jun 5, 2014

    Responding to research released today: 'Barriers faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in accessing domestic abuse, stalking and harassment, and sexual violence services', the Welsh Liberal Democrats Equalities spokesperson, Peter Black has welcomed the recommendations but has expressed concern at the findings.

  • Article: Jun 5, 2014

    Welcoming the news that council tax support will continue for another two years, Peter Black AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Housing, said:

    "I'm glad that the most vulnerable tenants and homeowners in our society will continue to receive support for the foreseeable future. However, we shouldn't forget that the Welsh Labour Government acted appallingly when the whole council tax benefit fiasco unfolded last year.

  • Article: Jun 4, 2014

    A major tax-free childcare package will help over 14,000 families in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend, the Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black said today (Wednesday, June 4).

    Working families will get up to £2,000 to ease the cost of childcare as part of a scheme to be rolled out in Autumn 2015. The scheme will benefit 6,360 families in Swansea, 3,770 in Neath Port Talbot and 3,880 in Bridgend.

  • Article: Jun 4, 2014

    During a debate in the National Assembly on the digital economy today, Welsh Liberal Democrats are calling 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 they were advertised.

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has backed the call. He said:

  • Article: Jun 3, 2014

    The Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black, has welcomed a Liberal Democrats initiative that will see new rules introduced so as to ensure that tied pubs are given a fair deal by pub companies.

    A new statutory code will give pub landlords running tied pubs new rights to help them get a fair deal from pub companies. The rules will be enforced by an independent adjudicator with the power to punish pub companies that break them.

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Rob Speht - Swansea West

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Sam Samuel - Swansea East

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Peter May - Gower

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Mathew McCarthy - Neath

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