Plaid Cymru has accused Jeremy Corbyn of ignoring the fact that his own party is in government in Wales and could act on homelessness and poverty if it wanted to, ahead of Mr Corbyn’s visit to the Gower today.
A press notice issued by the Labour party to mark the visit said the Tories were failing a generation of children, but failed to mention the Labour is in government in Wales and has equally failed to address issues like homelessness and poverty.
Bethan Sayed, Plaid Cymru AM for South Wales West, questioned whether Mr Corbyn would be instructing the Labour First Minister to ‘unlock the potential of every child’ in Wales, as he said he planned to do in England.
Ms Sayed also accused Mr Corbyn of political illiteracy, as much of what he plans to talk about on his visit to the Gower is devolved.
Plaid Cymru AM for South Wales West Bethan Sayed AM said:
“It would appear that Jeremy Corbyn is visiting a children’s lunch club in the Gower today to say that the Tories are failing a generation of children through rising homelessness and poverty. What Mr Corbyn fails to recognise, of course, is that his own party is in government in Wales and could actually do something about homelessness and poverty if it wanted to.
“The press release issued by Labour to mark Mr Corbyn’s visit ‘to Wales’ spoke of a report by the Children’s Commissioner for England and plans that Mr Corbyn has for a UK Labour Government. Much of what he has in mind is devolved, and so would have no effect in Wales. Will he be instructing the Labour First Minister to ‘unlock the potential of every child’ in our nation?
“At best, Mr Corbyn is politically illiterate and simply doesn’t understand how devolved government works. At worst, he is purposefully ignoring the fact that his own party – which runs the Welsh Government – has run out of ideas and motivation to improve the lives of people in Wales.
“People in the Gower and across Wales are coming to the realisation that, after two decades of Labour rule, Wales is still being held back from fulfilling its own rich potential as a nation. Labour has grown complacent, completely lacking in innovation and energy. In 2021, a radical Plaid Cymru government led by Adam Price will take over and build the new Wales we all want to see.”