Plaid-Labour deal ‘a move towards Welsh independence’ say Conservatives
The Welsh Conservatives have warned that the cooperation deal between Plaid Cymru and Labour in the Senedd is a “move towards Welsh independence”.
The party claimed that Plaid Cymru Adam Price was “using Labour to move Wales towards independence” and that “Labour cannot be trusted to protect Wales’ place in the United Kingdom”.
Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for the Constitution, Darren Millar MS, was also critical of the lack of detail in the deal about steps to lighten the burden on Wales’ NHS, saying that the “deal fails to deliver on the priorities of the people of Wales”.
“It does nothing to address the crisis in our NHS; nothing to improve our ailing Welsh infrastructure; and nothing to fire up our sluggish economy,” he said.
“Prioritising more politicians and constitutional reform over action to secure treatment for the one in five on an NHS waiting list or improving take home pay for the low paid is appalling.
“Yet again, Plaid has betrayed its voters with another deal that cements a failing Labour administration into power for years to come.
“The message to voters is clear; vote Plaid, get Labour, and vote Labour, get Plaid. Only the Welsh Conservatives can deliver the real change that Wales needs.”
Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price had said before the election that he would not go into power with Labour but today defended the move, saying that it showed paid Cymru weren’t “a wasted vote”.
“We lost the election but here we are about to deliver the most radical policies within our manifesto,” he said.
Plaid Cymru do however need to consult members on the plan before it is ratified. If passed, it will start on December 1.
Topics covered by the agreement include action on free school meals for all, strengthening the Welsh media, a north-south railway, the teaching of Welsh history, second homes, a larger Senedd and much more.
Mark Drakeford said that the two parties could “achieve more for people in Wales by working together”.
“The Co-operation Agreement is both a response to the external challenges we face and a chance to build on the opportunities in our future. It will also help us secure a stable Senedd over the next three years, capable of delivering radical change and reform,” he said.
“These commitments build on our shared values of social solidarity, a sustainable planet and a vibrant democracy.”