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Plaid Cymru call for more powers for Wales in Queen’s Speech after Tories ‘rejected’ at local elections

10 May 2022 5 minutes Read
Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville Roberts in the House of Commons.

Plaid Cymru have set forth an alternative Queen’s Speech calling for more autonomy for Wales after saying that the Conservatives were “rejected” by the people of Wales.

Westminster party leader Liz Saville-Roberts said that it would be “foolish” for the Conservatives to proceed with their legislative agenda after Wales “roundly rejected” them last week.

The Conservatives lost 86 seats across Wales in Thursday’s local elections, 43% of their total, and lost control of Monmouthshire council which was the only local authority they controlled outright.

In their alternative Queen’s Speech, Plaid Cymru mooted legislation devolving the benefits system, the shared prosperity fund and the Crown Estate in order to help tackle the cost of living crisis. They also called for the devolution of powers over justice and more powers over energy.

Plaid Cymru Westminster leader, Liz Saville Roberts MP said: “Last week’s local elections must lead to a fundamental rethink for the Conservatives in Westminster. They have bulldozed authoritarian legislation through Parliament since gaining a majority in 2019, systematically misled the public, and undermined devolution at every turn.

“Wales roundly rejected the Tories last week. They would be foolish to push ahead with their divisive policy agenda in this new context.”

‘Dismal performance’

Plaid Cymru called for six bills to be introduced in the 2022-23 parliamentary session, namely:

⚫ Social Security (Devolution to Wales] Bill – A Bill to devolve the benefits system to the Senedd, giving the Welsh Government power to create new benefits and top up existing reserved benefits. This would allow the Senedd to create payments such as a Welsh Child Payment, similar to that in Scotland, to ease pressure on households struggling with the cost of living.

⚫ Local Electricity Bill – With energy costs through the roof, the Local Electricity Bill would establish a Right to Local Supply to ensure that the setup and running costs of selling locally generated renewable energy locally are proportionate to the scale of the business.

⚫ Crown Estate (Devolution to Wales) Bill – A Bill to devolve the management of the Crown Estate and its assets in Wales to the Welsh Government. This would replicate the situation in Scotland, permitted by Westminster in 2016, and would bring our natural resources under Welsh control, allowing the people of Wales to benefit economically from the net-zero transition.

⚫ Shared Prosperity Fund (Wales) Bill – A Bill that would require the Secretary of State to report on the merits of devolving the management and administration of funds allocated to Wales via the Shared Prosperity Fund to the Welsh Government. This would correct double-counting by Tories, enable the use of a needs-based formula and address Westminster’s broken promise to Wales of “not a penny less” than EU funding with current proposals making Wales worse off by £772 million in terms of structural funding.

⚫ Elected Representatives (Prohibition of Deception) Bill – A Bill to restore faith in a shattered political system by banning lying in politics. Plaid Cymru have for 15 years called for legislation to legally prohibit politicians from wilfully misleading the public. According to Compassion in Politics, 73% of those polled would support the implementation of a law that meant that politicians were required to never willingly lie to the public.

⚫ Justice (Devolution to Wales) Bill – A Bill to devolve powers over Justice to Wales to reverse authoritarian measures imposed by the Tories since 2019. Plaid Cymru will introduce a Bill to devolve justice and policing to Wales, as is the case in Northern Ireland and Scotland, in line with the Co-operation Agreement and recommendations of the 2019 Commission on Justice in Wales report.

Dwyfor-Meirionnydd MP Liz Saville Roberts added: “Plaid Cymru’s alternative Queen’s Speech would help people through the cost-of-living crisis, which Westminster has for too long allowed to spiral out of control.

“From creating a devolved benefits system that is fit for purpose, to easing electricity bills in the long term by establishing an energy strategy that puts local ownership at its heart, to ensuring that ‘levelling up’ works for Wales by devolving management of the Shared Prosperity Fund, Plaid Cymru’s proposals would help struggling households across Wales.

“Plaid Cymru are also calling for the Chancellor to deliver an emergency Budget this week to give much needed support to households and small businesses.

“Our proposals would also restore faith in a political system shattered by Boris Johnson’s lies. Plaid Cymru has for 15 years been calling for a bill to ban lying in politics, which has the support of 73% of people polled by Compassion in Politics last month.

“By adopting our Bill, the Tories could prove to voters that they have learned from their dismal performance last week and attempt to regain trust. I urge the Prime Minister to engage constructively with our proposals this week.”


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Gareth
Gareth
13 days ago

As admirable as these proposals are, they only way they will be achieved, is for us to take them ourselves, as the time for asking has long gone.

Llinos
Llinos
13 days ago
Reply to  Gareth

Agreed. Asking permission has never got us anywhere. The saying goes “don’t ask permission and wait. Act and ask forgiveness”. Well forget the forgiveness part. These are not our masters

SundanceKid
SundanceKid
12 days ago
Reply to  Gareth

Yes, but it is always good to have the Tories’ response on record. Their rejection and outright refusal to compromise can hopefully strengthen the argument for independence.

Quornby
Quornby
13 days ago

I’m always relieved to know that Liz Saville – Roberts is in Westminster watching Wales’ back.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
13 days ago

You are a vote well spent Liz…If only Dwyfor-Meirionnydd could declare UDI I would be by your side in an instant…a worthy successor to Mr Llwyd indeed…

The original mark
The original mark
13 days ago

We could do with a few more politicians like LSR representing Wales.

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
13 days ago

Good on Liz. It must be absolutely soul destroying knowing that everything she says will be dismissed by the ignorance of the ignorants. I yearn for the day when OUR people speak for us only in OUR Parliament putting an end to the fruitless head banging in an increasingly irrelevant and disdainful institution.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
13 days ago

Cymru has a long history of asking and getting nothing. But unlike the days of Owain Glyndŵr, when his plea to the English Parliament was laughed at and rejected forcing him to war, we do nothing but accept meekly. That has to change. Our begging spoon must be cast out and a better future sought through independence. The independence movements need to join forces and work together to start pushing Welsh minds towards fully accepting self-determination. Leaflets, conferences, marches, banners, stickers, public consultations, public broadcasts, political interviews, videos on social media, advertising and sponsorship – all need to be stepped… Read more »

Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
13 days ago

Excellent. How nice to hear some sense from a Westminster MP. Why do we not get similar from other male MPs? Well done Liz!

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