Wales not mentioned in ‘recycled’ Queen’s Speech
The Queen’s Speech has been criticised after it did not mention Wales at all.
However, the Welsh Conservative Party welcomed what they called “an ambitious plan for the whole United Kingdom”.
The party’s Welsh leader Paul Davies AM said that Boris Johnson had “stuck to his guns” and was delivering on the promise in his manifesto to “increase the prosperity and opportunity for all in the UK”.
But Plaid Cymru Westminster Leader, Liz Saville Roberts MP said that “beyond the pomp and pageantry” today’s Queen’s Speech showed the “apathy” for Wales.
It was the second Queen’s Speech in little over two months, with the election being called soon after the first.
“In a recycled Queen’s speech, Wales was not mentioned once,” Liz Saville Roberts said.
“As always with the Westminster parties, the challenges facing Wales are forgotten once the cameras and electoral tours have stopped.
“This Queen’s Speech has no new ideas and fails to deliver the funding that was promised to Wales during the Brexit referendum. We don’t even know what will replace the funding we have received from Europe for decades.
“More than ever, Plaid Cymru will have a crucially important role in being Wales’s voice in Westminster, not Westminster’s voice in Wales.”
Paul Davies called for the Welsh Government to spend the additional £1.9 billion it will be receiving from the Westminster Government on the NHS.
Today it was announced that accident and emergency performance at hospitals in Wales was at a record low for the third month running.
“On the day when Wales saw its worst A&E waiting times published – remembering that health is a devolved matter in Wales – we as an opposition will be pressing the Welsh Labour Government in Cardiff to spend the additional £1.9 billion which it will receive from the UK Government on improving outcomes for Welsh patients,” Paul Davies said.
“Nevertheless, this Labour administration in Cardiff Bay has failed the people of Wales given we see four out of the seven health boards in special measures or some sort of targeted intervention, and the Welsh Conservatives will be campaigning hard in the run up to the Welsh Parliamentary elections in 2021 to give Wales a better future.”