The Liberal Democrat group have elected Cllr Rodney Berman as the new leader on Cardiff Council. Cllr Berman takes over from Cllr Rhys Taylor, who has led the group since June 2020.
Rodney Berman is a Cardiff Councillor in Penylan and served as Leader of Cardiff Council for eight years between 2004 and 2012. As leader, he oversaw a massive increase in the recycling rate and money given to schools. He is proud to have been awarded an OBE for his services to local government and the community in Cardiff in 2013.
Cllr Taylor has taken the decision to step down as group leader to devote more time to his young family.
Commenting, Cllr Rodney Berman said:
“I am honoured to once again be given the opportunity to lead my Liberal Democrat colleagues on Cardiff Council.
“With a Labour-run council increasingly pressing ahead with proposals which lack widespread public support – like privatising the running of St David’s Hall, relocating the Maindy Velodrome and downgrading the Cardiff Story Museum – it’s important for opposition groups such as ourselves to stand up for those who don’t feel they are being listened to.
“Labour increased their majority at last May’s local elections, but that just makes the need for their proposals and actions to be properly scrutinised all the more important.
“I’d also like to thank Rhys for the excellent job has done in leading our Group with such enthusiasm and principle over the past three years.”
Commenting, Cllr Rhys Taylor said:
"It has been a privilege to lead the Liberal Democrats on Cardiff Council over the last two and a half years. I'm proud of our record in holding the Labour administration to account, standing up for our communities, and championing a new kind of politics.
"Rodney is a hugely experienced councillor and a great champion for Cardiff, and will be a strong voice for communities as group leader."