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Paul Davies: ‘It is Labour, not devolution, that has failed Wales’

03 May 2019 2 minute read
Paul Davies. © Russell Hart/Alamy Live News.

Welsh Conservative leader Paul Davies AM, will defend devolution at the party’s spring conference today.

The Preseli Pembrokeshire AM will say that it is twenty years of Welsh Labour governments in Wales, rather than devolution itself, that has let the country down.

Among the failures of the Welsh Government he will identify:

  • Failures to alleviate transport problems
  • Five out of seven health boards being in special measures or targeted interventions
  • School underspend failing children as they lag behind the rest of the UK

“The main thing I hope listeners take away from this weekend is not to lose faith in devolution, despite public services crumbling across Wales,” he said.

“Devolution has not failed Wales, it is Welsh Labour that has failed devolution.

“It is instead the Welsh Conservatives who can and will stand up for the people of Wales through promoting accountability, empowering local people, boosting business, backing communities and nurturing the next generation of politicians.

“Instead of playing a continuous blame game or following in the footsteps of Jeremy Corbyn, Welsh Labour should worry more about fixing the health, education, housing and transport systems which see Wales repeatedly fall to the bottom of the UK comparison tables.

“The Welsh Government has proven itself time after time to be slow to act and be dismally unreliable, but the people of Wales deserve better.

“And now we struggle under the leadership of the First Minister who leaves trailing behind him an abysmal record as Health Minister, and seeks to dither, duck and dodge all accountability through repeated excuses and long-winded speeches which unbelievably aim to disengage listeners though their monotony.”

He will also officially launch the Welsh Conservative shadow youth cabinet, made up of future politicians from across Wales.

These young people will work closely with the shadow cabinet in helping to shape policy ready for the elections in 2021.

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