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Plaid Cymru pledges to hold incoming Labour government to account

30 Jun 2024 3 minute read
Liz Saville Roberts

Plaid Cymru has pledged to hold the incoming Labour Government to account as the general election campaign enters the final straight.

With just three full days of campaigning to go until the vote on Thursday (4 July) the party’s Westminster leader Liz Saville Roberts has made a late pitch to voters and accused Labour of a lack of ambition.

She also criticised the UK party’s continuing support for embattled Welsh Labour leader Vaughan Gething.

Austerity

MS Saville Roberts, Plaid Cymru’s candidate for Dwyfor Meirionnydd, said: “After 14 years of austerity, voters have had enough. Household bills are skyrocketing, mortgages are through the roof, and wages are stagnant.

“This pain is worsened by reckless Tory ministers Westminster who are utterly out of touch and devoid of morals. Scandal after scandal has left many people apathetic about this election.

“People crave better governance, so it’s no wonder that a simple ‘Change’ message appeals. But ‘Change’ is nothing but an empty slogan without evidence to back it up.

“A lack of ambition continued underfunding of Welsh services, and a stranglehold on key economic levers mean little will change for Wales under Labour, unless we elect strong voices to hold them to account.

“To make matters worse for us in Wales, Keir Starmer and Jo Stevens have given their full backing to the embattled First Minister, who has lost public trust after accepting £200,000 from a convicted environmental polluter.

“All three have arrogantly dismissed the Senedd’s democratic voice, severely damaging trust in Welsh democracy.

“The most powerful antidote to despair is a vote for fairness and ambition for Wales. Plaid Cymru’s ambitious plans to invest in our infrastructure and services would build a fairer country for all, funded by putting fairness at the heart of the UK’s tax system.

“The current system is deeply unfair. Take Rishi Sunak, who paid an effective tax rate of 23% on £2.2 million income last year, much less than the top income rate of 45%. Both the Tories and Labour plan to keep this deeply regressive situation.

“The Tories are finished, and Labour is taking you for granted.”

Lacklustre

Meanwhile, the Welsh Liberal Democrats also hit out at what they described as a ‘lacklustre’ Welsh Labour Campaign

Jane Dodds MS, leader of the Welsh Lib Dems said: “Welsh Labour continue to show that they have been in power for too long in Wales there is no recognition that their mismanagement of the NHS has left people languishing on the worst waiting lists in the UK and unable to see a dentist.

“They have nothing to say for those concerned about Dwr Cymru dumping sewage into Welsh rivers and beaches or want to see more powers devolved to Wales.

“Instead Welsh Labour has spent their time blaming others and not taking responsibility for public services that their party have run for 25 years.

“As voters head to the polls on Thursday, they should know that Liberal Democrat MPs will be fighting for a better deal for Wales. A large majority for Labour without opposition from parties like the Liberal Democrats mean we see a lack of scrutiny over their actions.”


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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
13 days ago

Come on, let’s break Labour’s corrupt grip on the leadership of Cymru before their stitch-up is complete…

Sneb yn gwbod.
Sneb yn gwbod.
13 days ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

What does Plaid propose to do to improve education and health and bring international air travel to Wales? Holding Labour to account rather than supporting them is a new train of thought but will it achieve anything?

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
13 days ago
Reply to  Sneb yn gwbod.

Pwy s’yn gwbod ?

It is how it is supposed to work…however Plaid have some soul-searching to do…360 vision is good but now is the time to focus on the failings you mention, which now the leadership contest and its aftermath and the Carry on Gambling pantomime of the Tories (all on wages) simmers down the Senedd might put the focus on Cymru and not on the antics of these scheming solicitor politicians…

Last edited 13 days ago by Mab Meirion
Sneb yn gwbod.
Sneb yn gwbod.
13 days ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Sneb yn gwbod le fi yn byw. Bachgen Bach.

Sneb yn gwbod.
Sneb yn gwbod.
13 days ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Pwy syn is a different kettle of fish.

Dai Ponty
Dai Ponty
13 days ago

Good luck with that Labour has same attitude towards Wales as Tories they do not care FACT they Labour just want your vote

Linda Jones
Linda Jones
13 days ago

Its Plaid for me, the only party committed to Wales and its people

Sneb yn gwbod.
Sneb yn gwbod.
13 days ago
Reply to  Linda Jones

Then why did Plaid walk hand in hand with Labour for so long.

Glen
Glen
13 days ago

They don’t even ‘hold them to account’ in Cardiff.

Gary H
Gary H
13 days ago
Reply to  Glen

Got a better idea? Rady to just be negative. Their stand against V Gething esq is proof enough.

Gary H
Gary H
13 days ago
Reply to  Gary H

Happy, not rady!

TJ
TJ
13 days ago

Plaid were complicit in the 20mph debacle.
also complicit in getting another 36 snouts in the trough..they can promise anything, they are never going to get into power.

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