Labour's lacklustre programme shows need for strong opposition


Plaid Cymru's Rhun ap Iorwerth AM has today branded the Labour administration's Programme for Government as "lacklustre", adding that it reflects the party's failure to present innovative ideas to strengthen the Welsh economy and raise standards in public services.

Rhun ap Iorwerth AM said that Plaid Cymru was determined to act as a robust and responsible official opposition, challenging the Labour Welsh Government to do better and holding them to account whenever they fail the people of Wales.

Plaid Cymru AM for Ynys Mon, Rhun ap Iorwerth said:

"The gulf between Labour's Programme for Government and Plaid Cymru's Programme for Opposition in terms of substance, scope and ambition could hardly be greater.

"It should come as no surprise that a lacklustre manifesto has led to a lacklustre programme for government. Yes, it's good to see the elements that Plaid Cymru drove through in our post-election one-off agreement, including a pledge to create 100,000 new apprenticeships and a new drugs and treatments fund, but Labour's lack of innovative ideas shines through again.

"In contrast, Plaid Cymru has put forward a comprehensive, fully-costed alternative with detailed proposals for improving the day to day lives of people in all parts of the country.

"We are determined to act as a robust and responsible opposition, challenging Labour to do better, and holding them to account when they fail the people of Wales.

"Labour has to understand that they failed to win a mandate for business as usual in May’s Welsh election, and should expect a far stronger challenge from Plaid Cymru than they received from the Welsh Conservatives during the last Assembly."

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