The leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood – whose South Wales Central constituency includes Penarth – is launching her party’s campaign today for the May 5th Welsh Assembly Election.
Wood – who, it’s emerged, once harboured ambitions to become a television news-reader – says Plaid Cymru is aiming to create a “well, well-educated, and wealthier Wales” .
Amongst the Plaid policies being unveiled are plans for “shorter NHS waiting times” , “free care for the elderly” and “improved school standards” – all objectives which the Welsh Labour Government has failed to achieve in its 17 years in office.
Wood says that 17 years of unbroken Labour rule has brought “economic stagnation” and “declining public services” .
She did not refer to the four years – from 2007 to 2011 – during which Plaid Cymru kept Labour in power by entering into coalition inj the Welsh Assembly.
Leanne Wood now claims that “People in Wales are crying out for competent leadership”. She says “Their hopes and frustrations have informed our most ambitious programme for government to date” which aims to create “a well, well-educated and wealthier Wales and “a fairer, more prosperous nation which can stand on its own two feet“.
Meanwhile Plaid Cymru is also urging that more refugees camped out in Calais are admitted to Britain – and Wales.
Plaid Cymru’s Dwyfor Meirionnydd MP Liz Saville Roberts and Plaid MEP Jill Evans – visiting the camp this week – say that so far more refugees have “lost their lives in the Mediterranean last year than found refuge in Wales”.
The Plaid duo is demanding “a co-ordinated effort from the UK Government, Welsh Government and local authorities to ensure refugees are welcomed in Wales and that their needs are sufficiently met including the adequate resourcing and funding of host communities.”
Plaid Cymru – the Welsh Nationalist Party – was originally formed in Penarth in 1924 [ See PDN http://tinyurl.com/z3sovwd%5D