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Labour MP chides Chancellor after his £10,000 helicopter trip to Welsh Conservative conference

25 May 2022 2 minutes Read
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak during a Cabinet meeting at 10 Downing Street. Picture by Daniel Leal / PA Wire

A Welsh MP says Chancellor Rishi Sunak would not have needed to fly by helicopter to the Welsh Conservative Party conference last weekend if Wales had its fair share of HS2 cash.

Rishi Sunak reportedly paid more than £10,000 to fly by private helicopter to attend a dinner at the Welsh Conservative conference in Newton.

The Chancellor paid out of his own pocket for a return flight from Battersea heliport to the Conservative conference in Powys.

Shadow Wales minister Gerald Jones said that if Wales had decent railway links, the helicopter ride wouldn’t have been needed.

‘Fair’

During Wales Questions this morning at Westminster, Gerald Jones said: “Wales has 11% of the UK railway infrastructure but in recent years only received 1% of the Government’s investment.

“If that wasn’t bad enough, classifying HS2 as an England and Wales project is denying Wales nearly £5 billion of investment.

“I know the Secretary of State doesn’t like us reminding the Welsh public about his Government short changing Wales.

“But now the leader of the Welsh Conservatives agrees with us, as does the Welsh affairs select committee.

“Perhaps if the Government had given Wales a fair settlement to upgrade its railways, the Chancellor wouldn’t have to fork out £10,000 for a helicopter to make a round trip from London to Powys.

“When is the Secretary of State going to use his position at the Cabinet table to ensure that his government coughs up?”

Wales Secretary Simon Hart said Mr Jones had made “slightly trite comments”, adding: “I would have thought better of him had he avoided them.”

Mr Hart said the UK Government had invested £340 million in Wales’ rail infrastructure, adding: “I think that he underestimates, and he undervalues the investments that we are already making.”


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Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago

It’s plutocrat Rishy Sunak’s, let them eat cake moment. The idea he can spend £10,000 on a Tory joyride to the Welsh Conservative conference is a slap in the faces to millions forced to go to foodbanks, who are also facing fuel poverty. Disgusting. No criticism from WTL Andrew RT Davies or WS Simon Hart, I see? Bloody hypocrites!

Last edited 1 month ago by Y Cymro
Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
1 month ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

I supose one can find a small positive in the news in that Mr S apparently paid for his own flight. But to hire a helicopter just showns how much the current dePiffle Regime understands and supports Britain’s need to move quickly to zero carbon. Mr S would have had a smaller carbon footprint driving from London, but if he rally cared he should have gone by train. The service to Newtown is not as frequent as the new Crossrail service, but that is in always favoured London. The trains to Aberystwyth via Newtown nearly always arrive on the scheduled… Read more »

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