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Wales ‘benefits’ from Kensington travel agents, Tory MP suggests

08 Oct 2021 2 minutes Read
Felicity Buchan MP. UK Parliament (CC 3.0)

Wales benefits from travel agents in Kensington, a Tory MP has suggested.

Felicity Buchan, the Conservative Member of Parliament for the affluent London district, insisted that Kensington has “very close ties to the rest of the Union”.

In an essay Strength in Union, in which he makes the case against the countries of the UK becoming independent nation states, she suggested Wales benefits from the union because “many international visitors will come first to London and then add on a few days” in Wales.

Buchan, who was born in Fraserburgh, Scotland, and has lived in Kensington and Chelsea for more than 25 years, insisted that the “fact that I was Scottish-born was never raised as an issue at all” when she was selected as the Conservative candidate for her seat.  She added that “it may even have been seen as a positive”.

Buchan said: “Kensington has very close ties to the rest of the Union, in particular with Scotland. We are home to St Columba’s Church, Knightsbridge – the leading Church of Scotland church in London.

“Knightsbridge is also well known as a major international shopping centre, attracting shoppers from the Middle East, Asia and across the globe.

“Many of the goods sold in our stores are Scottish-made luxuries such as tweed and cashmere. It was therefore no surprise that when I worked on a project to attract international shoppers back to the UK, I worked closely with Scottish MPs as our interests were so aligned.

“Kensington is also a major centre for travel agents and many international visitors will come first to London and then add on a few days in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.”

‘Benefits’ 

She added: “My constituency, in other words, benefits from the Union in the same way the Union benefits from my constituency. That is why, as I have mentioned, I work closely in Parliament with colleagues from across the Union.

“In my constituency, many residents work in professional services such as banking and finance – that leads to co-operation with MPs representing Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, which are major centres for asset management.

“Financial services are critically important to our economy, accounting for 11% of the UK’s total tax take, and we are stronger together.”

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CJPh
CJPh
1 month ago

It’d also be nice to hear from the mayor of Bucharest. Y’know, to tell us why they are fully deserving of being the honorary minister for travel at the Senedd… Y’know, because all the Welsh-made goods that landed at their airport on a layover before being flown onward to Japan AND the fact Dai Herbert of Cwmgwrach read Dracula once in 1972. Y’know…

Erisian
Erisian
1 month ago

I don’t thinks she’s going to get very high marks for her kiss-ass homework – but at least she’s not talking Wales down, even if the jist of her piece seems to be lightweght drivel.
Tourists would come to visit Wales, part of a ‘Union’ or not – it’s not like we are planning a hard border!

Hogyn y Gogledd
Hogyn y Gogledd
1 month ago

I am prepared to bet that almost no tourists in London go into a Kensington travel agancy to book days ion Wales or Scotland.

Notta Bott
Notta Bott
1 month ago

I live near a few beauty spots with heavy tourism, I hike there a lot. Never once in my entire life, and I always ask where people are from and Welcome them to Wales, never once has someone told me they went to London and added a few days on in Wales.

Absolute stretching for cases FOR the union. We know, they know, they can’t afford to lose us especially with Brexit not working.

Gareth
Gareth
1 month ago

I have finally realised what these people are up to. Remember when Boris was a journo, making up absurd stories about th EU and seeing if they could get published, well, to impress Boris, his underlings are now in a competition to write the most ridiculous drivel, look as foolish as they can, and lose all self respect, in a attempt to gain favour, in a race to the bottom of the barrel. We can only pity them.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago

The ties that bind Ynys Mon to West London are many and not to be shared on here apparently…

Dafydd ap Robart
Dafydd ap Robart
1 month ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Be’? Be’ ti’n siarad am?

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago

Dechrau efo Virginia

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Then examine the ex leader of the Kensington and Chelsea Council and his relationship with the Cayman Islands…

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

The author of this essay is one of Ms Crosby’s K,C and F’s ‘Women 2 Win’ cabal !

Arwyn
Arwyn
1 month ago

These Tories are so keen on the benefits of union they wanted to leave the European Union. Dangerous radical right wing ideologues and fully commited British Nationalists. This UK is intolerable. I hope to goodness it ends soon. The sooner the better!

Grayham Jones
1 month ago

It’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 kick all English party’s out of wales that’s the Tories Labour and all Brexit party’s stop being little Englanders and and be proud to be welsh start fighting for your children and grandchildren future in wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Mark
Mark
1 month ago

wasn’t it the financial sector’s greed and corruption that lead to the last 15 years of austerity, getting a bit fed up of reading about the tories BS take on this strength in onions,

Marc
Marc
1 month ago

What utter tosh!

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago

Oh, so Wales should be deferential to a Kensington travel agent because they kindly direct a few sloane rangers towards Wales. Typical Tory yuppy attitude of the lowest order.

May I remind this Anglophile Scot, that taxation from Wales over the centuries to London, then redirected into her borough, and it’s she who should be grateful to us. Plutocratic plonker!

Quornby
Quornby
1 month ago

Another clueless Tory cow.

j humphrys
j humphrys
1 month ago

This Tory carrot and stick (lots of stick) is conveyer belt stuff now. Roll on Independence!

Dafydd
Dafydd
1 month ago

Have just noticed that Yes Cymru stickers that have been up for years around here have been ripped off their posts, etc. Anyone else seeing that? Coincidence – that Tory party fascist xenophobic extravagana is on? Has all this homework from Reichstag central whipped up the minions into a sticker ripping frenzy?

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