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Sunak tells Welsh Tories economy is producing ‘green shoots’ of recovery

23 Feb 2024 3 minute read
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak delivers a speech at the Welsh Conservatives Conference 2024, at Venue Cymru in Llandudno. Photo Peter Byrne/PA Wire

The public are seeing the “green shoots” of the economy improving, the Prime Minister has said.

Speaking at the Welsh Conservative Conference in Llandudno on Friday, Rishi Sunak said the public are “feeling that the economy has turned the corner”, adding: “Things are getting better.”

Turned the corner

The Prime Minister said: “There is a palpable sense out there, regardless of what Keir Starmer might want to say because he’s always keen to talk down Britain, I can tell actually on the ground people are, since the beginning of this year, feeling that the economy has turned the corner.

“They do see those green shoots. They can see that things are getting better.

“Inflation has been more than halved, mortgage rates starting to come down, wages have been rising for six, seven months in a row now.

“We just saw today… energy bills significantly down. Consumer confidence, business confidence, again, a survey out yesterday, highest it’s been in years.

“Businesses like yours feeling better about the future and that is why it is so important that we stick to our plan.”

Venue Cymru

Mr Sunak spoke at Venue Cymru to a well-attended hall of Conservative members.

The Prime Minister flew to Wales by plane, Downing Street said.

Mr Sunak was introduced to the stage by David TC Davies, the Secretary of State for Wales.

Mr Davies praised growth in the economy since Brexit and when Mr Sunak took over as Conservative leader in 2022, saying it has grown faster than Germany and Japan.

The Cabinet minister also insisted the party could win both Parliament and the Senedd at their next elections, dismissing opinion polls which put the Conservatives behind Labour nationally and insisting that the people he speaks to on the doorstep in Wales are

“fed up with this Welsh Labour government”.

He said: “You may well think, ladies and gentlemen, that I’m being a little bit ambitious here, because there are one or two naysayers in the press and in the other political parties – and dare I say even one or two in our own party – that are telling us that the Conservative Party could never do it.

“They tell us we’re finished, that we can’t win.

“Let me tell you, ladies and gentlemen, I will have absolutely none of it.”


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Llyn
Llyn
4 months ago

So after 14 years of government and a Brexit, which he backed, and we were told would turbocharge the economy all he can say is that there are ‘green shoots’ of recovery.

Karl
Karl
4 months ago

Sunak tells lies to the liars.Even if it was true, the just under 14 years has destroyed lives, businesses and communities.His time as Chancellor was robbery and his brexit is going as warned. Drop the Welsh bit, because a Tory in Wales right now is a traitor.

Dai Ponty
Dai Ponty
4 months ago

I stopped believing in fairy tales when i was about if you believe him or any Tory you must believe in FATHER XMAS

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
4 months ago

It’s too late for the Tories. What makes them think that after 14 years of failure that things are changing or will change now? However, I’m not confident the current Labour party will do much better but compared to the current lot it wouldn’t take much to look like things are being to improve. Ultimately, Westminster needs major reform, and that means parties prepared to work together to achieve long term aims, if we are really to address inequality and poverty in the UK.

Helen Lewis
Helen Lewis
4 months ago

How did he get to Llandudno? Helicopter? Private jet?

Richard Davies
Richard Davies
4 months ago
Reply to  Helen Lewis

A quote from the article;

“The Prime Minister flew to Wales by plane, Downing Street said.”

Rob
Rob
4 months ago

So why are we in a recession, yet the rest of the worlds economy is improving (albeit very slowly)? Can’t keep blaming that on Covid or the war in Ukraine.

Richard Davies
Richard Davies
4 months ago

It must be the Hay-on-Wye book festival as he is reading from a fictional fairy story of unicorns and uplit fields, far detached from reality!

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
4 months ago

Rishy Sunak’s like Pinocchio. His nose grows longer and longer the more he talks. Green shoots of recovery for the Welsh economy lol. This entitled little man is deluded. The amount of barriers put in the way of Wales both democratically and economically by this narrowminded Anglocentric Tory government is unsurmountable.

Jeff
Jeff
4 months ago

File it in with 40 new hospitals or there were no parties.

hdavies15
hdavies15
4 months ago

Beware of the Snake that slithers among green shoots.

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