Plaid Cymru call time on 'politics as usual' in 'the Westminster bubble'

By staff writers
9 Apr 2010

Plaid Cymru, the Party of Wales, said that it was "time to burst the Westminster bubble" as it launched its UK election campaign platform yesterday.

"Only a strong Plaid team of local champions can be trusted to break the Westminster bubble and deliver the best deal for the communities of Wales in a balanced Parliament," the Party claimed - seeking to combat the idea that only a vote for the corporate UK parties would "count" in a non-proportional voting system.

The Plaid (http://www.plaidcymru.org/) leader and Wales’ Deputy First Minister, Ieuan Wyn Jones AM, made the point as he kick-started the party’s election campaign in Anglesey.

Speaking at a press conference in Menai Bridge, Jones said that voters across Wales are looking for a local champion, an independent-thinking MP who will stand up for the needs and aspirations of the people whom they have been elected to represent.

The Plaid MP and leader of the Westminter group, Elfyn Llwyd, added that "while the London party MPs toe their London party lines, only Plaid MPs can be trusted to always put the needs of their area first."

Ieuan Wyn Jones added: “This is not a time for politics as usual. In this election, Plaid has a real opportunity to break that Westminster bubble. With a balanced parliament, Plaid’s duty will be to negotiate the best deal for Wales and the best deal for our communities. Only Plaid can be depended upon to ensure greater support for our pensioners and fairer funding for the Welsh budget to protect jobs, schools and hospitals."

He continued: “Whether you live in Anglesey or Aberystwyth, Llandudno or Llanelli, Nantgaredig or Neath – you can be sure that a Plaid MP will always put the needs of your community first. When you see Cameron and Brown engaged in a phoney war over who will inflict the worst cuts on our public services – remember which two parties were willing to allow the deregulation of the banks and mismanage the UK’s finances into such a deep recession.

"Think about it – these are the same London parties – Labour, the Tories and the Lib Dems – who are funded by the same big corporations, the same banks and city financiers who helped get us into this economic mess in the first place. This is the legacy of the cosy Westminster club – no wonder people are feeling let down."

He concluded: “I am extremely proud of the strong team of candidates we have in every constituency in Wales – each one promising to be a great local champion. Each one ready to make a difference.”

Elfyn Llwyd said: “Plaid MPs are now synonymous with ambitious campaigns motivated by justice and fairness – whether it was the Impeachment campaign against Blair or compensation for miners – there are examples of issues where Plaid has led the way. It is undoubtedly because of Plaid MPs’ repeated efforts to hold the Government to account over the illegality of the immoral Iraq War that the current Chilcot Inquiry is underway – one which we hope will finally get to the truth of the matter. No other party has been consistent over Iraq and now we are the only party to be calling for a phased withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan."

Llwyd declared: “Plaid is the party that can be trusted to care about business growth, to care about our communities, to care about creating a better future for the people of Wales. But We need an even stronger team in Westminster. My appeal is that people do not waste their vote on 6 May on yet another Labour, Tory or Lib Dem MP to toe their London party line. Vote for an independent-thinking Plaid MP who puts your area first."

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