Magazine article Public Finance

Welsh Labour Sets out to Woo Voters

Magazine article Public Finance

Welsh Labour Sets out to Woo Voters

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The Labour Party in Wales, which fears losing control of the Welsh Assembly in the May 3 elections, accused its rivals of not presenting coherent proposals for new laws.

In a manifesto presentation on April 16, Welsh Labour loader Khoclri Morgan set out proposals on environmental protection, child poverty, home care charges, education and the NHS.

He also outlined six areas where Labour would seek extra powers from Westminster, including on environmental protection and waste management, child poverty and introducing 'fairer charging' for non-residential social services.

'At the heart of our proposals are plans to make communities more pleasant and cleaner places to live, work and play in,' he said.

Labour currently holds 29 of the 60 seats in the Cardiff assembly, but opinion polls suggest it faces losses to the Conservatives (who hold 11 seats) and Welsh nationalists Plaid Cymru (on 12).

Morgan, the first minister for the past seven years, said that three laws would be introduced in the first year of a newly elected Labour Assembly government, using powers already devolved.

These would aim to improve school and college transport, enhance education and learning for 14-19-year olds and bring in a system ofredress for Nl IS patients when problems bad occurred. …

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