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Councillor is top of the tree in IT skills

A local academic and town councillor has attained the highest possible professional examination in computing in Britain by BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT.

Jonathan Bishop, 30, who is a nominated (sic) town councillor for Treforest, has been awarded the recognition of “Fellow” by BCS, for his 10 years of service to the IT industry.

BCS has recognised Coun Bishop’s academic, work and community achievements as reaching the standard required of the most highly-trained IT professionals carrying the title “FBCS”. Only those who have demonstrated the highest level of application such as Bill Gates and Sir Tim Berners Lee have higher accolades.

Coun Bishop is now aiming for one of the highest academic qualifications in IT – the Doctor of Information Systems – at the University of Wales Institute in Cardiff as an Academic Associate. He also hopes to use his professional knowledge further for the benefits of local residents. He said: “The council is looking at ways it can improve its presence on the internet, and I hope to pass my experience and enthusiasm onto other councillors.”

Chartered IT Professional Fellow (FBCS CITP)

Mike Powell has questions to answer

During the General Election, perpetual Lib Dem candidate Mike Powell had the following to say about tuition fees:

“I totally oppose them. They are a scourge on our educational system. As the fundamental building block of any society we need to remove all barriers that restrict people getting the best education.”

And now the Con Dem Government that he so loyally supports are shockingly looking to remove the cap on up-front tuition fees which the last Labour Government put in place to protect students. This will make it more expensive for young people to go to university and therefore reduce social mobility.

This is blatantly unfair and I’m angry that Mike Powell thinks he can have his cake and eat it. The ward of Treforest which I represent on the town council relies heavily on the student population to support the growth of local business. How can anyone support such a policy against them now, which only a few months ago when they wanted their vote they thought was a “scourge on our education system”!

My student constituents in Treforest want an answer Mike.

Town Councillor now on Facebook

A Pontypridd town councillor is taking the task of allowing the electorate to hold him to account seriously by setting up a page on Facebook.

Jonathan Bishop, 30, who is currently a town councillor for Treforest, has already been questioned on topics as contentious the 2003 Iraq war.

The initiative is not to everyone’s taste however. Gemma Bennett, former Deputy Chair of the Treforest Labour Party, described the page as “pompous” and vowed to ensure that the existing page of Mark Beech – the Loony Party candidate who got one vote in the Ilan ward by-election – gets more supporters.

Cllr Bishop’s Facebook Page is accessible by visiting his website at and clicking on the appropriate link.

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