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Labour accused by Tories of issuing ‘misleading leaflet’ in Wales

23 Oct 2023 4 minute read
Welsh Secretary David TC Davies. Photo Jonathan Brady PA Images

Martin Shipton

Labour has been accused by Welsh Secretary David Davies of distributing a “deliberately misleading leaflet” in Wales by implying that decisions about spending on the NHS and education are made not by the Welsh Government but by the UK Government in London.

The leaflet, currently being sent out to Welsh households, contains a personal message from Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.

After stating that he was recently told by a woman that all politicians were the same, Sir Keir says that he wants to restore trust in politics by doing things different to the Conservatives, with their “record of broken promises”

He goes on to outline a series of changes he would make if he takes over as Prime Minister next year after winning the next general election.

He states: “My first promise to you is to do what we say. Everything will be fully funded so there is no repeat of the Conservative economic chaos of the last few years.

“Labour will:

* Get our economy growing again, one built on good jobs so that incomes grow faster than outgoings;

* Unlock Wales’ green energy potential, to get cheaper bills, new high paid jobs, and security from tyrants like Putin;

* Modernise our NHS by investing in the NHS workforce of the future with a new medical school in north Wales;

* Make our streets safe with more police officers and PCSOs in our communities;

* Break down the barriers to opportunity, with all under 25s guaranteed work, education, training or self-employment.

“These things aren’t easy. But they are achievable if we follow a clear plan.

“It’s time for a UK Labour government to work hand-in-hand with your Welsh Labour government to keep building a stronger, fairer, greener Wales.”

Devolved

Mr Davies, who may face a tough fight to retain his Monmouth constituency, with some polls saying he is likely to lose it, said the leaflet failed to mention that health and education were in fact devolved and have been run by the Labour-run Welsh Government for more than two decades.

He said: “Labour’s latest leaflet conflates both the Welsh and UK Labour parties and conveniently omits the fact that the NHS and education have been run by Welsh Labour for over two decades.

“The leaflet is deliberately misleading the public by failing to mention that Welsh Labour slashed the NHS and education budgets, leading to the worst waiting times, and numeracy and literacy skills in the whole of the UK; as well as the axing of all new roads – such as the Chepstow Bypass – meaning congestion will worsen.

“Instead of focusing on improving people’s daily lives, Labour is wasting time and taxpayers’ money on over £100 million to create more politicians for the Welsh Parliament and a continued war against drivers with planned congestion charges for using certain roads and a blanket 20mph policy.

“And if you want more evidence of what Labour is capable of, look no further than my constituency, where the Labour-run council is hiking council tax and refusing to build the Chepstow bypass.

“I call on Labour to stop misleading the public and finally acknowledge its drastic failures.”

False

Peter Fox, the Member of the Senedd for Monmouth and the Shadow Minister for Finance, added: “Labour is trying to find a way to claim that the NHS and education are the responsibility of the UK Government, which is completely false. It is a fact that for more than two decades Welsh Labour has been failing our NHS and schools across Wales. I find it rather convenient that Labour has not announced in the leaflet their planned £600m of cuts, due to their mismanagement of the budget. They really have taken their eyes off the ball.

“I am very disappointed in this leaflet which appears to be purposefully misleading people in Wales. Labour needs to stop running away from its dreadful track record in Wales and, at long last, be honest with the public.”

A Labour source responded: “David Davies knows perfectly well that the Welsh Government’s ability to invest in public services is dependent on the size of the block grant allocated by the UK Government. The money available to the Welsh Government this year is £900m less than originally thought because of cuts made by Westminster.”


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Steve A Duggan
Steve A Duggan
6 months ago

Mr Davies has to make the most of his remaining time in office or indeed as an MP as the day of reckoning is coming for his atrocious party.

Llyn
Llyn
6 months ago

Pot kettle black

karl
karl
6 months ago

So what is his job, if not to hold the purse strings and withold our taxes? Taxes we have different wishes to spend on than HS2, royal buildings, westmister refurb and jumping int owars when the U.S. fancies one.

Jeff
Jeff
6 months ago

His party made a lot of promises at the last election and have not delivered. Today no fault evictions are allowed cos landlords lobbied Gove etc. Bravermans assault on decency was not in the 2019 manifesto, quite the opposite. Mr Davies senior manager, the Prime Minister, stood at the steps of No10 and promised honesty and decency. That was blown out the water as soon as Braverman stood in, the 30p Lee in post as deputy chair. Decency in his party seems to be thin on the ground as well and they elevate the worst to the upper house. So,… Read more »

Gareth
Gareth
6 months ago

Misleading, that is a word this man is familiar with, as only recently his leaflet headed ” gypsy and traveller site coming to your area soon” prompted the police to investigate it. Hypocrisy and a lack of any sense of shame are the trademarks of his modus operandi. Silly and pointless little man.

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
6 months ago
Reply to  Gareth

Yes, I forgot to mention TCs own misleading leaflet which was not entirely misleading as in part it espoused hatred as it was intended to so at least that part was true but that’s why it became a matter for the police.

Sarah Good
Sarah Good
6 months ago

And they did this with no sense of self awareness at all?

Charles Coombes
Charles Coombes
6 months ago

But will Labour support Palestine?

Sarah Good
Sarah Good
6 months ago

Labour will. Starmer won’t

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
6 months ago

Lying and misleading. TC would know all about that. In the physical presence of bypasses around Caernarfon, Porthmadog & Newtown he lies and misleads by telling the public of the ‘axing of all new roads’. A blatant and provable lie. If Starmer plans to specifically fund health and education in Wales with a ring fenced budget for each, he will not have misled anyone. However, it remains to be seen what the plan is here.

Ernie The Smallholder
Ernie The Smallholder
6 months ago

That Secretary of state is really a UK imperialist colonial remnant, knowing that Wales does not collect its taxation and they, the UK, hold the pursestrings. The UK economy is contracting only avoiding be called a recession using constructive quarterly accounting. The UK is really screwed and the union virtually impossible to salvage. The Welsh government has no option but to plan for Welsh independence and its new future as a democracy at the heart of Europe. It must have a larger parliament so it can represent the people of Wales and take on all the tasks it needs to… Read more »

Paul ap Gareth
Paul ap Gareth
6 months ago

Westminster decides how much money Wales gets for Health and education. Westminster decides on spending in England. Then uses the deeply flawed Barnett Formula (which should have been replaced decades ago) to give money to Wales for their devolved responsibilities. Which is why the NHS in all four nations of the UK is roughly the same state of neglect.

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