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Plaid Cymru pledges to fight for fairer funding at General Election manifesto launch

13 Jun 2024 3 minute read
Plaid Cymru leader Rhun ap Iorwerth launches his party’s General Election manifesto in Marble Hall, at The Temple of Peace in Cardiff. Photo Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Plaid Cymru have launched their General Election manifesto, with calls for the UK to rejoin the Single Market.

Rhun ap Iorwerth, the leader of the party, pledged to put Wales first, with a fight for fairer funding at the launch event in Cardiff on Thursday.

The party is calling for windfall taxes on oil and gas companies, money “owed to Wales” in rail funding and for closer ties with the EU following Brexit.

However, his speech did not mention Welsh independence, a founding principle of his party, and the policy does not appear until page 42 of the manifesto.

Uninspired

Mr ap Iorwerth, the leader of Plaid Cymru, said people feel “uninspired” by what the Conservatives and Labour have to offer, while his party will offer a “positive vision” for Wales.

He said: “As an internationalist party, unlike Labour and the Tories we in Plaid Cymru are not afraid to call out the disastrous consequences of severing ties with the world’s largest trading bloc.

“We have been clear, consistent and unequivocal in recent years that rejoining the Single Market and Customs Union are vital in order to mitigate the impact of Brexit on Welsh business and reduce overheads and administrative costs.”

He said the “common thread” which runs through the party’s programme is fairness.

“Fair funding for Wales,” he said. “Plaid Cymru is the only party advocating for the abolition of the Barnett Formula which has seen Wales lose out to the tune of billions over the years.

“It’s not a begging bowl, it’s just what’s right, enabling investment in public services and the economy.”

HS2

He criticised the UK Treasury’s decision to class the HS2 high-speed rail project as an “England and Wales” scheme despite the route being entirely in England – meaning Wales had lost out on billions in funding.

Because it was classed as England and Wales the project did not trigger the mechanism which would normally see extra funding given to the devolved government.

He added: “Let me be clear, this appeal for fair funding isn’t driven by ideology but by principle.

“Remember, there’s nothing inevitable about our poverty and nothing intrinsic to our people which means we cannot create a thriving economy and world-class public services, given the tools we need.

“So, to the next UK Government we say this – show you’re serious about Wales and resolve the long-standing fair funding issues.”

Shackles

Speaking after the launch, Mr ap Iorwerth said this was not an independence election.

He said: “There’s no changing the fact that Plaid Cymru and I firmly believe that we will not ultimately reach our potential as a nation, we will not remove the shackles of child poverty, of economic stagnation, until we have all those tools in our hands.

“It’s my job to get people interested and curious about what those possibilities are.

“Truth of the matter is, this isn’t an independence election, this is a UK General Election where Plaid Cymru is the one party that will stand up for fairness for Wales in funding so that we can provide fairness on the NHS, and fairness for communities and families in Wales.

“That is our priority and making Wales a priority in those terms is something that you will not get from any other party.”


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Linda Jones
Linda Jones
1 month ago

All good stuff, bring it on Plaid. Wales first always

John Davis
John Davis
1 month ago

Funding for Wales? Wales has received only 8% from central government of the money it used to get from the EU. Be happy and remember, you voted for it.

R W
R W
1 month ago

Plaid are the only party who genuinely stand up for Cymru/Wales’ best interests.

Keith Parry
Keith Parry
1 month ago

Plaid Cymru Manifesto. Independence only mentioned on page forty. Is Plaid Cymru an independence party? Rattling the begging bowl at their Red Tory brothers says not.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago

Read the reports from Dutch truckers about delivering to Brexitania in the Guardian…

Sunak and every Tory politician of the Fat Shanks gang should be marched to the Tower of London at the point of a bayonet…

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Now that sounds like a party worth paying to attend ….

Swn Y Mor
Swn Y Mor
1 month ago

‘It’s not a begging bowl, it’s just what’s right, enabling investment in public services and the economy.’ I was criticised on this website by someone who objected to me using that term in relation to optics and appearance of a previous speech by Rhun. Today however here we have Rhun seemingly proving me correct. On the manifesto, full of promises and ill conceived ideas. On housing the party would introduce rent controls despite the rather negative affects of the policy seen in Scotland. On governance ‘we will also transfer the power to introduce gender quotas for Senedd elections’. ‘We prefer… Read more »

CapM
CapM
1 month ago
Reply to  Swn Y Mor

Should it be therefore assumed that you agree with the majority of content in the chapters on Housing and Planning, Climate Change and Energy, Constitution and Governance and Equalities in the manifesto. And that you agree with all the content of the chapters on Economy and Taxation, Health and Social Care. Education and Early Years, Criminal Justice and Policing, Welfare, Rural Affairs, Foreign Affairs and Defence, Migration and Asylum, Transport, Culture, Media and Sport and Welsh Language. Or is your critique of the 72 page manifesto of the party that isn’t British nationalist a work in progress and further insights… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by CapM
Swn Y Mor
Swn Y Mor
1 month ago
Reply to  CapM

I will be honest I do not know what you are talking about here or the point that you are trying to make. I will try my best to assist you in understanding what I said in my first paragraph.

The very fact that Rhun has had to mention ‘its not a begging bowl’, shows that even he is aware that there will be readers looking at this manifestos pledges/demands/wishes etc who will come to the conclusion that it does in fact look like a begging bowl manifesto.

CapM
CapM
1 month ago
Reply to  Swn Y Mor

You’ve selected a handful of paragraphs from the Plaid Cymru manifesto to criticise which presumably irk you. If you consider that the overwhelming bulk of the manifesto is similarly problematic then please say what is and why. If not do you think it might look like you’re trying to present a handful of molehills as a mountain. The “begging bowl” meme is already out there and has been used by British nationalists, both individuals and parties for generations. They are not going to stop using it as a stick to beat into us that we are incapable of being anything… Read more »

Swn Y Mor
Swn Y Mor
1 month ago
Reply to  CapM

‘If not do you think it might look like you’re trying to present a handful of molehills as a mountain’. It is highly unlikely that a voter will like every aspect of a parties manifesto. You therefore have to make trade offs. However the pledges that I highlighted were simply too much and that trade off could not happen with a prospective vote lost. Wylfa bothers me because there appears to be a communications issue with the party on one side and the leaders of the party and Ynys Mon council on the other. This is the more sympathetic view,… Read more »

CapM
CapM
1 month ago
Reply to  Swn Y Mor

“However the pledges that I highlighted were simply too much and that trade off could not happen with a prospective vote lost.” I’m not sure what you mean by that but I doubt anyone would 100% agree with 100% of any party’s manifesto. So every party relies on support of voters that mostly agree with the contents .Whether too few voters actually put the effort into reading the whole manifestos is another matter. Regarding nuclear power the manifesto says ‘Plaid Cymru opposes the development of new sites for nuclear power stations, ‘.(my emphasis) Whatever Plaid’s within party differences on nuclear power… Read more »

Swn Y Mor
Swn Y Mor
1 month ago
Reply to  CapM

‘Plaid Cymru opposes the development of new sites for nuclear power station’, yes but what is Wylfa? Is it a new site or is it an existing site?

CapM
CapM
1 month ago
Reply to  Swn Y Mor

Presumably you already know that the proposed site is ‘adjacent’ to Wylfa. Again Whatever Plaid’s within party differences on nuclear power are I think they would disappear if the UK government’s attitude was not – Nuclear power will be generated in Wales and if not there’ll be no alternative investment to secure the develop those local economies. Are Labour unequivocally against Building Wylfa Newydd and are committed to pumping money into the area to sustain and develop the local economy? If so and stopping nuclear power generation is your primary concern then your choice of party this coming election should… Read more »

Swn Y Mor
Swn Y Mor
1 month ago
Reply to  CapM

‘If so and stopping nuclear power generation is your primary concern’. I am afraid you are mistaken. If Wylfa can provide much needed jobs for the island than surely that would be a positive.

What I want to know is when either Rhun or Llinos Medi is quoted on sites like Nation Cymru supporting Wylfa, and the manifesto does not mention it who do we believe?

CapM
CapM
1 month ago
Reply to  Swn Y Mor

Perhaps go to a hustings or similar and ask the individuals concerned.
I have no information to help you out.

Swn Y Mor
Swn Y Mor
1 month ago
Reply to  CapM

I was not requesting or expecting you to provide any information.

CapM
CapM
29 days ago
Reply to  Swn Y Mor

You posed four other questions during our conversation all of which could also be interpreted as or claimed to be rhetorical.

If you don’t want to engage in a discussion which explores and scrutinises the opinions of those contributing better to say so at the onset.

Preface such comments with “Soapbox” and I’ll know to just walk on by.

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago
Reply to  Swn Y Mor

Does Rhun have a quiet fancy for blokes in frocks ? Just asking ! Gender balance just as easy to achieve by aligning your party’s male and female candidates. Then stick with an open list so that the electorate can choose who sits at Y Senedd not some party manager in a private room. Will this lead to an equal mix of short and tall candidates, or even more unlikely an equal number of Welsh and non-Welsh speakers ! And that’s before we enter the seriously boggy issue of skin colour – 60 or 96 different shades catered for ?

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago
Reply to  hdavies15

I was going to say that one would not know that anything is going when viewing Plaid’s Arfon website, sadly par for the course, give them a hand somebody…

Really, we the people deserve total openness from Welsh Gov. but Welsh Labour really need a shake-up…in fact they need decimating so Plaid, pull your socks up…!

Last edited 1 month ago by Mab Meirion
Rob
Rob
1 month ago

As much as I want independence, and am encouraged that support for it is increasing in Wales, I don’t think a referendum can be winnable anytime soon. At least not before Scotland achieves independence, once that happens it will be a game changer in Wales. For the moment what Plaid should be campaigning for is equality. ‘Parity with Everyone Else,’ not just with Scotland, but also Northern Ireland, and even England (since 85% of Westminster is English). Not just in terms of funding, but also in terms of powers, infrastructure and governance. The most important factor for any electorate, to… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Rob
PeterC
PeterC
1 month ago

Almost certain to get a big down vote but actually Wales in 2022/2023 received more per capita than England. Scotland and Northern Ireland received more – see https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/sn04033.
Welsh politicians must stop constantly blaming Westminster for their own incompetence, policy failures and wrong priorities for spending.
I live in Wales so am directly affected by the disastrous Health Service fod example.

Annibendod
Annibendod
1 month ago
Reply to  PeterC

I mean this respectfully – that is an oversimplification of the situation. Yes, Wales receives a higher per head public spending than England (It has historically been lower than Scotland’s so I shall be interested to see the current figures). The key thing to do here is to question why? I can offer 2 thoughts on this. There is another aspect of public spending which is usually not thought about. That is, Capital Expenditure. The rate in Wales is around half of the rate in London. It is around 70% of the UK average and has been for years. Given… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Annibendod
Annibendod
Annibendod
1 month ago

I have to say that the BBC HYS on this is a fetid gutter of anti-Cymraeg bigotry, ignorance and boorish Right Wing keyboard diarrhea. Some 2500 stomach churning comments. A total disgrace and wholly shamefull. What a sewage-fest British nationalism is.

R W
R W
1 month ago
Reply to  Annibendod

You’re right. If the people on there were making those comments about Jewish, Islamic, Asian or black people, they would be taken down in no time at all, and the people making them would be facing a ban from making any more comments. However, making such comments about the Cymry (Welsh) is absolutely fine by the BBC it seems!!

Annibendod
Annibendod
1 month ago
Reply to  R W

It’s vile and it makes my blood boil.

Padi Phillips
Padi Phillips
1 month ago
Reply to  Annibendod

I’ve just taken a look, and yes, it’s a bit like the WoL comments section, but on steroids. Earlier I was looking at an article about the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and the comments there were exactly similar to those we see about the BBC. I sometimes wonder if online news sites are the haunt of the ignorati of the extreme-right, selfish, self-opinionated and often just plain wrong. These ‘forums’ are just echo chambers for those who have never had an original thought in their lives. I don’t think it’s something restricted to just British nationalists, as I’m know there is… Read more »

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