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Lib Dem leader Ed Davey calls for action on pollution during Wales visit

25 Apr 2022 3 minutes Read
UK and Welsh Lib Dem leaders Ed Davey and Jane Dodds test the quality of the River Wye

Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey has said that one of his party’s top priorities is to put pressure on the Welsh Government and water firms to stop raw sewage from being released into Welsh rivers, during a visit to Wales.

The UK Party Leader visited Wales this weekend where he was joined by Welsh Party Leader Jane Dodds MS in Hay-on-Wye where they took part in the monitoring of pollution in the River Wye alongside citizen scientists.

On the local elections, Davey said the party is heading in the right direction in Wales, fielding the highest number of candidates since 2012 and hoping to capitalize on troubles within the Conservative Party alongside apathy in councils that have been dominated by Labour for many years.

Commenting Ed Davey said: “We’ve been trying to push for measures in the UK Parliament to force water companies to eliminate the practice but the Conservatives have been voting against our proposal which we think are very reasonable and sensible. I know Jane has been raising the same issues in the Senedd.

“Across Wales, our candidates are standing to protect Wales’ pristine natural environment. What is happening to the River Wye and others across Wales is a national scandal. It is even more scandalous that Welsh Water bosses awarded themselves over £900,000 in bonuses in the last two years despite continuing to pump raw sewage into Welsh Waters.

“On a national level, Welsh families are struggling to cope with the cost of living crisis. Meanwhile, the Conservatives are increasing taxes. We are arguing that VAT should be cut by 2.5 per cent. That would give the average family £600 a year in tax cuts, also helping to put money back into the local economy.”

‘No opposition’

Welsh Leader Jane Dodds MS said that she was calling on Welsh Labour to ban bonuses for sewage bosses while they continue to pollute our rivers.

“We also want to see the Welsh Government give Natural Resources Wales the funding it needs to do its job,” she said.

“Across Wales people are fed up of being taken for granted, whether it’s the extraordinary ambulance waiting times or potholes being left unfilled, people want a change.

“We are not only challenging in areas where the Conservatives have fallen into disarray, but also in councils where Labour have been in power decades and are not being held to account. In many of these places, the Conservatives are failing to provide an opposition that focuses on the real concerns of communities.

“A vote for a Welsh Liberal Democrat candidate in May is a vote for a community champion who will fight for cleaner, greener and safer councils.”


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Y Cymro
Y Cymro
24 days ago

Although the subject matter is important one being pollution of Welsh rivers, again we see another English party leader in Ed Davey of the Liberal Democrats visiting Wales like a colonial master would his or her Welsh subjects. In the past we’ve had Boris Johnson for the Tories. Keir Starmer Labour. Caroline Lucas for the Greens. All English London-based leaders who jet in once every 4 or 5 years to meet & greet their regional branch officers Mark Drakeford, Andrew RT Davies, Jane Dodds, Siân Berry etc… The only true Wales-based Welsh leader of any major political party is Adam… Read more »

I.Humphrys
I.Humphrys
24 days ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

We”ll have to line up for folk dance welcomes? Amazing no one hurls bricks…………or other suitable stuff.

Last edited 24 days ago by I.Humphrys
Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
24 days ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

The thing is that this is subject to UK law and the Tory MPs on the entire length of the Wye from Fay Jones to Bill Wiggins and Jesse Norman down to the odious David TC Davies and Mark Harper all voted to allow unlimited sewage dumping in all rivers.

Until we get out of that Union and clear of Westminster we need to engage to minimise harm where possible.

Argol fawr!
Argol fawr!
24 days ago

An important matter, but Ed who? Liberal what?

Dafydd
Dafydd
24 days ago

Why no mention of the vast amounts of agricultrual waste that have transformed many of our rivers from world famous sewin (and salmon) fisheries to water courses practically devoid of aquatic life?

Its unfair to just throw mud at Dwr Cymru when many rivers are primarility polluted by waste from dairy and chicken farms…

Let’s have some balance please.

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