Plaid Cymru slam Johnson’s ‘blather about levelling up’ amid disruption and hardship
Plaid Cymru have slammed Boris Johnson’s “blather about ‘levelling up”, amid what it says is economic failure, business disruption and social hardship.
The party’s leader in Westminster, Liz Saville Roberts MP, was responding to the speech the Tory Prime Minister gave at the Conservative Party Conference.
She attacked Johnson for slashing benefits to their “lowest level since 1990” and for hiking taxes on ordinary people to “its highest level since 1948”.
The Plaid MP took aim at the PM for “distance himself” from previous “disastrous” Tory governments he “wholeheartedly supported” for “over a decade”, and she argued that “Westminster clearly is not working for Wales”.
Boris Johnson told the conference that reducing regional inequality was the “greatest project that any government can embark on”.
He claimed reducing “aching gaps” in opportunity between regions would “take the pressure off” south-eastern England as well as boosting places that felt left behind.
Liz Saville Roberts said: “Ignore the blather about ‘levelling up’, the reality is that under Boris Johnson today, £286m is being cut from Welsh local economies and 275,000 families plunged into poverty.
“Boris Johnson spent half of his conference speech attacking his Tory predecessors for creating one of the most imbalanced societies in the world.
“But no matter how much he tries to distance himself from those disastrous governments – he wholeheartedly supported those Conservative governments for over a decade.
“His own government’s record is one of economic failure, business disruption and social hardship. The basic rate of benefits at their lowest level since 1990, the tax burden for ordinary people is at its highest level since 1948 and there has been no growth in UK business investment since 2016. Westminster clearly is not working for Wales.”