Lib Dem leader Judith Woodman to retire

Cardiff Liberal Democrat Opposition leader Cllr Judith Woodman will stand down as group leader later this week and will not seek re-election as a councillor in May, the party has announced.

Cllr Woodman was first elected in Pentwyn and Llanedeyrn in a 2003 by-election. She served as Deputy Leader of Cardiff Council between 2004 and 2012, when she was responsible for communities, housing and social justice. Her legacy includes a successful pilot of the non-emergency 101 number and requiring plastic glasses in pubs on match days to reduce glassing incidents.

Following the council elections in 2012 she became Lib Dem group leader and Leader of the Opposition, and in 2016 she drew on her experience as Deputy Council Leader as her party’s Police and Crime Commissioner candidate for South Wales.

Outside of the council she takes a keen interest in voluntary work, currently a director of the Welsh Boxing Association and Honorary President of Diverse Cymru.

Two of her Pentwyn council colleagues, Cllrs Paul Chaundy and Keith Hyde, have also announced that they are stepping down in May.

Cllr Judith Woodman said:
“After nearly 14 years of dedicating my life to serving my community and my city, I’ve decided to take a step back to develop my business interests and charity work – as well as spending time with my new grandson!

“I will absolutely miss being on the Council, but I think now the time is right to hand over the reins to a promising new generation of Liberal Democrats in Pentwyn and across our city.

“Whoever is elected as the new Opposition Leader will have my full support, and I know that Cardiff Lib Dems remain the only credible alternative to this failing Labour administration.”

The Liberal Democrat council group will meet on Wednesday to elect a new leader.

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