Councillor Rhys Taylor is the new leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Cardiff Council following an election among fellow councillors.
Cllr Rhys Taylor has been elected as the new Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats on Cardiff City Council.
Rhys is a councillor for Gabalfa and Mynachdy, which he has represented since 2017. He replaces outgoing leader Cllr Joe Boyle, who is standing down as leader following his decision not to stand for re-election in 2022.
Rhys grew up in Pontypridd, joining the Liberal Democrats in 2008. Since graduating in 2013, Rhys has worked in the third sector and is currently a policy officer for a homelessness charity.
Commenting, Rhys said:
“I’m delighted to have been elected as the Leader of the Liberal Democrats on Cardiff Council.
“The coronavirus outbreak has shown us what we can achieve and what’s possible when we work together. It has shown us just how much we all need each other to get ahead.
“Our thanks go to everyone in our city who has played a part in providing essential support and services and keeping us all safe by adhering to lockdown rules.
“There is no going back to the way things were, but we have to choose to get it right. A fairer, greener, and a healthier city is within our reach, and that is what Cardiff Liberal Democrats will champion day in and day out.”
Cllr Joe Boyle said:
“The Lib Dem group has held the Labour council to account more effectively than any of the other parties. We have lead opposition to their dismal performance on clean air, green transport and the city’s health inequalities.
“When I took over as leader in 2017, I wanted to create a space for talent to emerge.
“Rhys is the perfect example of that talent. It was an easy decision to stand down as leader knowing the group had people of his calibre."