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Labour MP calls on ‘Westminster bubble’ to ‘take notice of grown-up politics thriving in Wales’

23 Dec 2021 3 minutes Read
The Senedd left and Westminster right. Picture by on the left by the Senedd (CC BY 2.0).

A Labour MP has called on the “Westminster bubble” to “take notice of the grown-up politics thriving in Wales”.

Beth Winter, who represents the Cynon Valley, has taken aim at Westminster, saying it is “divorced from the real world” as well as riven by “petty factionalism” and “personality clashes”.

She contrasted that with the cooperation agreement between Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru, which she described as “grown-up politics”.

The joint policy programme agreed by the two parties in Wales covers 46 areas

The wide-ranging agreement includes action on free school meals for all, strengthening the Welsh media, a north-south railway, the teaching of Welsh history, second homes, and a larger Senedd.

The deal includes moves to establish rent controls, childcare for all two-year-olds, the creation of a National Care Service and limits on second home ownership.

It will also aim for a replacement for council tax, the creation of a publicly-owned construction company and an energy company, including a statutory guarantee of gender balance, as well measures to promote the Welsh language.

In an article for LabourList, Winter said: “I knew before I arrived that Westminster was a bubble, divorced from the real world, but I was not prepared for the scale of the disconnect. It has been a complete culture shock.

“Petty factionalism, personality clashes and focus groups dominate the short-sighted news agenda. White noise, as Unite boss Sharon Graham calls it.

“While there are lots of honourable MPs who want nothing other than to represent the interests of their constituents, the overriding culture at Westminster is one of short-termism and self-interest, political point-scoring and one-upmanship. This culture serves nobody but the rich and powerful.

“Meanwhile, people back home are worrying about how to pay the rent, feed their children and heat their homes. The contrast with the concerns of the Westminster bubble could not be more jarring.”

‘Different type of politics’ 

She added: “The co-operation agreement between Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru signals a different type of politics, a ‘grown-up politics’, where the needs of the people of Wales are held above party politics. Together, Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru will deliver universal free school meals to primary-aged children, expand childcare to all two-year-olds, take radical action on unaffordable housing.

“Together, they will work towards a National Care Service and a publicly owned energy company for Wales. Together, they will consider constitutional reform to strengthen the democratic rights of the people of Wales.

“The proportional system in the Senedd has helped to foster this culture of co-operation and partnership working. This is an advantage that many of us would love to see in Westminster and one that has the support of a large majority of Labour members.”

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Grayham Jones
28 days ago

It’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 we in wales have got to stop being little Englanders and and be proud to be welsh start fighting for your children and grandchildren future in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 kick all English party’s out of wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Welsh_Siôn
Welsh_Siôn
28 days ago

Beth Winter should also concentrate her fire on her boss.

Have I missed it or has Starmer said anything about the co-operation agreement, yet? (And it’s already been running for 3 weeks of its projected 3 years …)

Last edited 28 days ago by Welsh_Siôn
SundanceKid
SundanceKid
24 days ago
Reply to  Welsh_Siôn

Why? I’m happy for the division between UK and Welsh Labour to continue. It shows the former up for what they are and demonstrates that it does not care about Wales.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
28 days ago

Preportional representation breeds cooperation and rarely gives one party overall control. That is why the Westminster parties will not embrace it – they want complete control. Democracy in the UK will suffer as a result and is one of the reasons why we need to leave the Union asap.

Welsh_Siôn
Welsh_Siôn
28 days ago
Reply to  Steve Duggan

Democracy in the UK will suffer as a result _______ Do you not think that the present tense is more appropriate – Democracy is here and now dying in this Disunited Kingdumb. What of Magna Carta? Did she not die in vain … so that the present lot (who would call them a government as they are not in anyway shape or form, ‘governing’) could exercise their overlordship on the rest of us? Remember, ‘Westminster is sovereign and we have to accept that’ (pace the Millar’s Tale), and we would do well to remember our place, tug our forelocks as… Read more »

Last edited 28 days ago by Welsh_Siôn
Dai Rob
Dai Rob
28 days ago

Labour MPs seem to be a different breed to their MS’s…..but at least there is one talking sense!!!

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
28 days ago

Westminster & Whitehall has never shown any respect towards Wales or its people. They have proved this with their Senedd power grab, hostile intrusive actions towards devolution, and their scant regard for Welsh sovereignty.

Welsh Labour won the last Senedd Cymru election on the manifesto promise to have the devolution of Policing, Air Tax Duty and Criminal Justice Systems to Wales. And when requested, were ignored by the Conservatives even though they had a mandate from the Welsh people. Speaks volumes. Only Welsh independence will free us from our Whitehall open prison.

Last edited 28 days ago by Y Cymro
j humphrys
j humphrys
27 days ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

Brexit hasn’t started yet, so we better be ready. The real borders go up very soon.
Unite and Fight in 2022!

SundanceKid
SundanceKid
24 days ago

I would much rather the Westminster bubble does not take notice of our politics, and continues their descent into chaos, while our parties show us an alternative path.

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