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Wales’ ‘history of energy production’ shows how the UK can ‘work together’ says Conservative Chair

26 Aug 2022 2 minute read
Andrew Stephenson. Picture by Richard Townsend (CC BY 3.0).

Wales and Scotland’s history of energy production demonstrates how the nations of the UK can “work together” during the cost of living crisis, the Chair of the Conservative Party has said.

Ofgem today confirmed an 80.06% rise in the energy price cap, sending the average household’s yearly bill from £1,971 to £3,549 from October.

But the MP for Pendle in England, Andrew Stephenson, said that the energy crisis was an opportunity to emphasise the importance of the union.

“While voices of separation attempt to split us apart, there are matters more pressing to ordinary people’s lives that we can and must work on together,” he said.

“Energy prices will be at the forefront of everyone’s mind at the moment, and Scotland and Wales have a long history in energy production.

“Whether it be joint investments in offshore wind in the Highlands or new floating offshore technology at Pembroke Dock, UK government investment in Scotland and Wales’ tidal power to new licenses for gas extraction in the North Sea, working together we can and will improve our energy security for years to come.”

‘Improved’

Writing on Conservative Home, Andrew Stephenson said that he had recently joined Senedd Member and MPs in Wrexham and Clwyd South and at the Llyswen and Boughrood Show.

“Just as with the SNP in Scotland, Labour’s administration in Wales is failing Welsh people,” he said.

“From the health service to Labour’s absurd proposals for a tourism tax, the Welsh Conservatives are rightfully holding Mark Drakeford to account.”

He said that the Welsh Conservatives were currently implementing the recommendations of the review by Lord McInnes, which suggested that Senedd member and MPs should work closer together and being as representative of Welsh society as possible.

“In Wales, where I was out campaigning over the weekend, we have been getting on with the work of implementing the recommendations from Lord McInnes’ review,” he said.

“We’ve opened a new and improved, bigger HQ in Cardiff as well as a brand new office in Abergele, North Wales.”


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DAI Ponty
DAI Ponty
1 month ago

Dont you get it tory boy the majority of the people of Cymru to not like English Nationalist party called the Tories the Welsh Tories are Traitors to the Welsh people

Cathy Jones
Cathy Jones
1 month ago

You can’t be Welsh and Tory. They are mutually exclusive.

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
1 month ago
Reply to  Cathy Jones

Correct!

Jonathan Dean
Jonathan Dean
1 month ago

What he means is Wales and Scotland will be used as power stations for England, as we have the natural resources they need

Fi yn unig
Fi yn unig
1 month ago

You’re right Mr Stephenson. We can indeed ‘work together’ on all manner of things. You started well there and then proceeded with the predictable Union propaganda line. Working together can only be achieved by collaborating on projects starting from a place of equality and mutual respect. Self governing partners all contributing to the collaboration NOT on a we say what goes and we’ll take what we want because it’s all our country basis as the current arrangement dictates.

Gareth
Gareth
1 month ago

Now that the DUK is in trouble, we all have to work together to solve the problem, meaning the energy provided by Cymru and Scotland can help pull England through the crisis, as both Celtic nations are energy self sufficient. Meanwhile, all the money generated by huge profiteering, from said energy resources, is kept in England and devideded among the shareholders and speculators of the London markets, at the expense of Cymru and Scotland. Do we see the profits of the stock exchange in our infrastructure? Health or education systems. Total CAC, Tell them to fork off, was Mrs Gareth’s… Read more »

The original mark
The original mark
1 month ago

Does he mean it’s about time england admitted just how much they rely on the devolved nations of Wales and Scotland to provide energy and water, and that it would only be fair for the energy deficient country of england to start paying a fair price for the resources they’re so heavily rely on.

SundanceKid
SundanceKid
1 month ago

Surely, he means, “work together” for the benefit of England.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
1 month ago

Oh give it a rest mate – your party is doing absolutely sod all to help ordinary people get through the biggest crisis this country faces for decades.

Gareth
Gareth
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve Duggan

Steve, the part you dont get is, they are proud of it, Sunak even boasted about it.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago

Tory MP for Pendle Andrew Stephenson is an absolute moron. How is resource raping Wales of coal, slate & water deemed “working” together? Now I’ve heard some lame excuses in my time, but that takes the biscuit. 🥴🇬🇧

David Nino Zenati-Parsons
David Nino Zenati-Parsons
1 month ago

Energy production from Wales vis a vis coal was vital for the empire, but when we the people of Wales need help to make safe the old tips that powered the Empire the #Toryscum says that it is our problem. you need us fella then pay the going rate and not what West Minster legislates it should be.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
1 month ago

Wales produces 150% of it’s energy needs and exports the 50% to England so he is partly right in that Wales energy production is vital for part of the UK.
I wonder what he would say if England was made to pay Wales for it.

Nobby Tart
Nobby Tart
1 month ago
Reply to  Kerry Davies

He (and the Telegraph) would say that it is ‘anti-English’.

Actually they would scream and shout that it’s anti-English.

Charles Coombes
Charles Coombes
1 month ago

Never trust a tory.

One of the two witnesses
One of the two witnesses
1 month ago

The UK can “work together” in this case meaning, wales can have, mine and produce stuff. Then England can steal the stuff. That’s not what working together means ya gimp

Phil Nedin
Phil Nedin
1 month ago

We are not anti English mate, we are anti Tory. You need to really understand this!

Paul Hoskins
Paul Hoskins
1 month ago

The current energy crisis does nothing to ’emphasise the importance of the union’, as this English MP seems to think. The opposite is the case. What it emphasises is the need for the independence of Wales from this disastrous linkage with the failing state that is England.

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