The Welsh Labour Government has rejected Conservative calls for a public referendum on its plans to forcibly merge the Vale of Glamorgan with Cardiff.
In the Welsh Assembly, Labour’s First Minister Carwyn Jones was asked if he would confirm that the Vale of Glamorgan would “disappear from the face of the local government map in Wales” if a Labour Welsh Government is re-elected May 5th.
The First Minister said that [if re-elected] Labour would press ahead with local government mergers.
Welsh Conservatives have said that if they win the Assembly Election and form the next Welsh Government they will offer a local referendum in the Vale of Glamorgan so that voters can decide whether the Vale merges with Cardiff or not.
Later Penarth AM and leader of the Welsh Conservatives Andrew R T Davies (South Wales Central) pointed a finger at the Vale Labour AM Jane Hutt.
He said “Residents across the Vale of Glamorgan will rightly question and wonder what their Assembly Member [ Hutt] is actually doing or saying at the cabinet table as she continues to stand aside while Carwyn Jones continues with this desire to wipe the Vale off the map.”
Davies said “A vote for Labour and Jane Hutt therefore means curtains for the Vale of Glamorgan and its incredibly unique identity. Welsh Conservatives are the only party committed to giving residents the final say on council reorganisation via a local referendum and we will ensure the Vale’s unique identity is preserved”.
He added “It is only right the Vale of Glamorgan should have the final say over their future. Labour’s plans, with a mute minister” [meaning Jane Hutt] “just standing by and watching, deny them that right.”