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Tories rule out increasing the number of Senedd members

06 Apr 2021 2 minutes Read
Andrew RT Davies, leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Senedd.

The Tories have ruled out increasing the number of Members of the Senedd.

Andrew RT Davies, the leader of the Conservatives in the Senedd, has said his party won’t increase the size of the parliament, ahead of May’s election.

With Labour and Plaid Cymru due to launch their manifestos this week, Davies has called on the parties to be “up front and honest” with the Welsh public regarding their intentions on the matter.

The Tories say that proposals to create 30 more politicians in the Welsh Parliament would cost the taxpayer more than £12 million a year.

Welsh Conservative Senedd leader, Andrew RT Davies said: “What Wales needs now is more nurses, doctors and teachers – not more politicians.

‘Economy’

“The priority for any party should be getting Wales on the road to recovery with a stronger economy and rebuilding our public services, not increasing the size of the Senedd.

“The Welsh Conservatives have one focus: fixing Wales’ broken economy so that we can create more jobs and help fund our vital public services.

“We would use that money to fund more nurses so that we can bring down the waiting times in our NHS, and recruit more teachers so we can improve our education system and give children across Wales the best start in life.

“Labour and Plaid should be up front and honest in their respective manifestos about their intentions as the Welsh Conservatives have been clear that there’ll be no more powers, no more politicians, no more taxes, and no more constitutional chaos.

“Just a sole focus on building a better Wales and delivering a stronger economy.”

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