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Liz Saville Roberts to stress ‘widening’ gap between Mark Drakeford and Keir Starmer in keynote speech

07 Oct 2023 3 minute read
Liz Saville Roberts at Plaid Cymru’s Spring Conference.

Plaid Cymru’s Westminster leader, Liz Saville Roberts MP will use her keynote speech to party members in Aberystwyth to say that “only Plaid Cymru fights for Wales in Westminster”.

Ms Saville Roberts will say that the a “gap” between the Labour First Minister Mark Drakeford and Labour leader Keir Starmer is “widening”.

She will refer to issues of disagreement between the two, including the campaign for fair transport funding for Wales, the devolution of the Crown Estate, proportional representation, and the devolution of policing.

She will criticise Labour MPs from Wales for siding with the party’s “London bosses” rather than the Welsh First Minister, Mark Drakeford.

Hinting at the Labour leader’s refusal on Thursday to say that Welsh Labour is a “blueprint for power”, Ms Saville Roberts will say: “With the gap between Mark Drakeford and Keir Starmer widening, Labour MPs – who should be representing Wales’s interests – ignore or pour scorn on the views of their Welsh Labour in the Senedd, who increasingly follow Plaid Cymru’s lead.

“Take the devolution of policing and justice. Plaid Cymru and Mark Drakeford are on the same page. But the First Minister’s London bosses and Labour MPs in Westminster are protesting passionately for hoarding powers in Westminster – despite all of the evidence of the social damage and waste of resources it’s causing.

“Plaid Cymru – and only Plaid Cymru – fights for Wales in Westminster.”


The Dwyfor Meirionnydd MP will point to the fact that 90% of Welsh Labour MPs currently hold shadow ministerial roles.

She will say: “Ninety per cent of Welsh Labour MPs currently enjoy shadow ministerial posts. All will be gunning for a cushy post in a Keir Starmer government. Those MPs’ focus will be on advancing the interests of the next Labour government – not on delivering for communities.

“Labour in the Senedd have rightly lambasted the Tories on HS2. What will they say when Keir Starmer hoards our owed billions too? We know they’ll make excuses. Because for Labour – party comes before country.”

On the recent HS2 announcement, she will remind delegates that Plaid Cymru MPs were the only Welsh representatives in Parliament to vote against the HS2 bill in 2013. They did so on the basis that Wales did not receive fair funding.

She will say: “Plaid Cymru MPs were the only Welsh MPs to vote against the HS2 legislation back in 2013. While other MPs swallowed the Westminster spin that it would deliver improvements for Welsh passengers, Plaid Cymru withheld our support unless we received fair funding.

“We weren’t fooled then. And we won’t swallow Westminster’s spin now. Let’s end the great rail betrayal for good. Plaid Cymru will accept nothing less than full compensation for every penny of rail spend in England.”

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7 months ago

Problem is to put the Cons out need labour votes in most area’s of the UK (hope Plaid strongholds and other area’s can snaffle everything booting cons out with caveats). Cons and Labour in the UK are the two games in town for power in the UK at the moment and until that changes, I am not sure how far Plaid can go. I want them to, but there are some realities to deal with. All FPTP means is we get yoyo governments. That needs to go for other parties to flourish. My sole aim at the next GE is… Read more »

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
7 months ago

“Only Plaid Cymru fights for Wales in Westminster” …

With eloguence and without prejudice…Thanks Liz…

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
7 months ago

I agree with Plaid’s Liz Saville- Roberts. But I’ll go further. The gap between Welsh Labour and UK Labour is a widening chasm that has sunk to new depths only frequented by those political bottom feeders. King Conservative Keir Starmer and his Blue Labour party are now the new centrist Conservative party, where the Tories have become so far-right have turned into the English National Front with their extreme racist ideology. Blue Labour wrap themselves tightly in the Union Flag, are increasing using the rhetoric of the right, sing Jerusalem at their party conference rather than The Red Flag, who… Read more »

Arthur Owen
Arthur Owen
7 months ago

Liz Saville had better be careful Mark Drakeford might well be as good as we will ever get.

Charles Coombes
Charles Coombes
7 months ago

Well said, Liz. Keep up the good work in Westminster and Gwynedd!

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