Welsh Gov and Plaid Cymru in formal talks on ‘co-operation agreement’
The Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru are in talks to thrash out a possible co-operation agreement.
They have issued a joint statement which says with the pandemic, the climate emergency, the consequences of Brexit, and the threat to devolution it’s “more important than ever that political parties work together”.
It confirms that they have had “initial discussions” on working together “around a number of defined policy priorities”.
The statement says: “As Wales prepares for a stronger future beyond the coronavirus pandemic; responds to the climate emergency, the ongoing consequences of leaving the European Union, and threats to devolution; it is more important than ever that political parties work together wherever they have common interests on behalf of people in Wales.
“Constructive initial discussions have taken place between the Welsh Labour Government and Plaid Cymru exploring ways of building a more equal, just and democratic nation for all.
“These discussions are continuing to explore an ambitious co-operation agreement to be based around a number of defined policy priorities and the governance arrangements on which the Welsh Labour Government and Plaid Cymru can work together to deliver for Wales.”
The leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Andrew RT Davies, said that the agreement was a sign that the Labour party was “out of ideas”.
“But turning to nationalists with no mandate is an act of desperation and lunacy,” he said.
“Meanwhile, Plaid claim to be a party of change but always deliver for their Labour masters.
“The NHS in Wales is on its knees. Children have missed months of school. The economy needs support. Just watch as promises of Covid recovery turn into a nightmarish prospect of state-building and hoarding powers.
“They are both totally divorced from people’s priorities.”
Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats Jane Dodds MS has responded to a statement jointly agreed by the Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru on a working agreement.
She said: “Now more than ever it is important that parties are able to work together to confront the big issues affecting Wales.
“I look forward to seeing the detail, but be assured that as leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats I will continue to demand better for ordinary people across Wales and hold them to account.
“Against a backdrop of job insecurity, the rising cost of living, and the coronavirus, people across Wales need to see in practice what this agreement will mean for their everyday lives.”