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Former Welsh Conservative leader says it is ‘important that Wales doesn’t lose out’ from end of EU funds

16 Feb 2022 2 minute read
Paul Davies speaking in the Senedd.

A former leader of the Welsh Conservatives has said that it is important that Wales doesn’t lose out as a result of the end of EU funding.

Wales would have received £375 million in funding in this calendar year from European structural funds, but will now receive £47 million from the UK Government.

Speaking in the Senedd, Paul Davies said that “I totally agree with you that it is important that Wales does not lose out as a result of the switch from European structural funds to the shared prosperity fund”.

Economy Minister Vaughan Gething congratulated Paul Davies on his statement.

“I should congratulate the Member,” he said. “That is the first time that a Conservative Member in this place has said that it should not be acceptable that Wales loses money from the change from European structural funds. That’s a very welcome statement.”

Paul Davies had added that the Economy, Trade and Rural Affairs Committee, of which he is chair, would “be taking a keen interest in this specific area in due course”.

He was responding to an original statement by Vaughan Gething in which he said that Wales was due to lose £1bn as a result of the changes.

“And I don’t see how any reasonable person could defend that, regardless of their politics,” Vaughan Gething said. “I don’t think anyone came into this place to try to justify £1 billion being shed from Wales.

“And, of course, we’re also seeing regions of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland being treated in the same way, because the UK Government has deliberately chosen to underfund those former EU programmes despite clear pledges and promises that no-one would lose a single penny.”

Plaid Cymru member Delyth Jewell said that the switch from EU funding to the shared prosperity fund also meant that the Welsh Government was bypassed when deciding how the money was spent.

“The strategic oversight of the Welsh European Funding Office has been replaced by a pork-barrel process, with Westminster selecting specific schemes based on some opaque criteria,” she said.


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Cathy Hill
Cathy Hill
9 months ago

He should nip down the road to Westminster and ask the pirates in the English Conservatives to honour all of the promises they made then…. He might want to leave it until after the weekend though because you know how they like to party, nothing gets done the morning after the hump day cocaine and taxpayer paid for wine binge and Friday is half day… ……and he had better make sure he takes some I.D. and his membership card in case they have already forgotten who he is. …Welsh Tories are so wet and dweeby its untrue, “Wales shouldn’t miss… Read more »

Richard
Richard
9 months ago

Da iawn Paul 👍🏼 Chwarae teg i Cymru
Mae’n na siawns rwan i cael gair bach efo David Davies i newid y gêm yn
San Steffan….

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
9 months ago

While he is explaining why “not a penny less” wasn’t a lie can he address all the other flat out lies like “we well keep the triple lock” and “we will not borrow to spend” and “we shall not raise taxes” and “we shall use Brexit freedom to cut the EU imposed VAT”.

Oh and can he ask what the hell Princess NutNuts was doing drinking at all those Number Ten work events.

Quornby
Quornby
9 months ago

Well the only way to oppose that with any hope of success is via Indy. Doubtless YesCymru await receipt of his membership app with baited breath.

Kurt C
Kurt C
9 months ago

What a cheek, his party caused it

Cynan
Cynan
9 months ago

Tory says it’s important that Wales don’t miss out on funds Tories took from us.
Without a hint of irony

Nobby Tart
Nobby Tart
9 months ago

He should chat to Jacob Rees-Mogg. He’s looking for people to tell him about ‘Brexit Opportunites’.

Then again, you’d have thought the Tories would havve KNOWN about these ‘opportunites’ before the vote.

Have we been hoodwinked? Well colour me surprised.

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