world : Parties in Wales make final bids for voter support

world : Parties in Wales make final bids for voter support
world : Parties in Wales make final bids for voter support

Monday 1 July 2024 08:52 AM

Nafeza 2 world - With less than three days of campaigning left, Plaid Cymru leader Rhun ap Iorwerth said the Conservatives are "finished".

He added that while Labour's Sir Keir Starmer expected to enter Downing Street on Friday, there was a "real risk that they will simply take Wales for granted".

But Welsh Labour urged voters not to "wake up to five more years of the Tories, or risk more economic chaos", adding "change can only happen by voting Labour on Thursday".

The Welsh Conservatives say they are the party to get Wales moving, highlighting they will reduce national insurance while Labour will "hike taxes" and block new road building.

On Sunday, the three main parties came head to head on the BBC’s Politics Wales programme.

David TC Davies, the Welsh Secretary and the most senior Welsh Conservative Westminster politician in Wales, admitted that Rishi Sunak’s government had failed to "reach everyone" affected by the cost of living crisis.

While defending his party's record, Mr Davies said they had to "be honest" because the past five years had been "very challenging" economically.

However, he claimed the UK government had got the economy back on track.

"Following a very difficult situation, we have inflation at 2%, we have unemployment at 3% - which is half the EU average - and we have the joint-fastest growth in the whole of the G7," he said.

Labour's Jo Stevens accused the Conservatives of being responsible for economic "chaos and mismanagement" while in power in Downing Street.

She said whoever wins on Thursday "will inherit the worst economic record since the Second World War".

"If people decide to vote Conservative or if they decide not to vote at all, then nothing will change on Friday and we will continue with the chaos and economic mismanagement that we've seen over the last 14 years," she said.

Plaid Cymru's Liz Saville Roberts said Labour were on course to win on Thursday and criticised their "change" message.

"The old cliche is that it's change or continuity. For us in Wales that message of change just does not cut through."

She said Labour Senedd members were talking about change and further devolution - with more powers coming to Cardiff Bay - but she accused UK Labour of ignoring that.

"What we hear from UK Labour is just to pooh-pooh that, to knock it back, to say you're not going to get that in Wales,” she added.

"For us, here, that message is really ringing through as hollow."

Voters in Wales, and across the UK, go to the polls this Thursday.

Following boundary changes, Wales will elect 32 MPs, down from the previous 40.

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