Plaid won't let London parties leave north Wales behind


Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood will today outline her party's commitment to the north of Wales during a visit to Anglesey, criticising successive Labour and Tory UK Government for neglecting the region for too long.

Speaking ahead of joining Parliamentary candidate Ieuan Wyn Jones to campaign in Newborough, Leanne Wood said that all Plaid Cymru MPs elected to the next parliament would uphold the party's track record of fighting for north Wales's interests and make the case for investment in key infrastructure projects such as the electrification of the North Wales Main Line.

Party of Wales Leader Leanne Wood said:

"Plaid Cymru's vision for transforming Wales's infrastructure extends to every part of our country.

"For too long, successive Labour and Tory UK Governments have neglected the north of Wales. Plaid Cymru is determined not to let London parties leave this crucial region behind.

"Party of Wales MPs have long made the case for the electrification of the North Wales Main Line to give the region a rail network fit for the 21st century. Between them, Labour and the Tories have had decades in power in Westminster yet have failed to deliver on this key project.

"Meanwhile, they support the HS2 white elephant set to cost Welsh taxpayers between £2-4bn behind and built entirely in England. Why should people in Wales pay for this doomed-to-fail project when our own rail network is creaking at the seams due to delays and overcrowding?

"Plaid Cymru also wants to see steps taken to ease congestion, including upgrading the A55 and reopening the railway line to Llangefni. We also want to see a medical school built in Bangor and for Wales to have its own 'northern powerhouse' rather than being a last minute extension to England's northern powerhouse.

"Labour's claims of standing up for the north of Wales are nothing more than hollow words. Up to the end of 2015, the Labour Welsh Government only spent 15% of its capital budget in the north, despite the region being home to 22% of the Welsh population. 

"Plaid Cymru MPs have a track record of giving the north of Wales a strong and effective voice in Westminster. While Labour and the Tories prioritise the south east of Wales and England respectively, we will continue to fight to ensure that this key region is not left behind in the next parliament."

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