Chris Elmore, the Member of Parliament for Ogmore, has blasted the Government’s future plans in a debate concerning the future of Wales following June’s General Election.
During the debate, Mr Elmore raised concerns about the legislative powers which the Government may fail to devolve to the Welsh Government following the accession of the Repeal Bill in Parliament.
Following the debate, Mr Elmore commented: “this poses a real constitutional issue moving forwards – the UK Government must not take back control of powers and then keep them all in Westminster. Wales must not play second fiddle to Tory backbenchers”.
The Ogmore MP also raised two key omissions from the recent Queen’s speech: the electrification of the railway between Cardiff and Swansea and the lack of measures to help 1950s women affected by the changes to the state pension age.
The following day, the Government announced its intention to scrap the planned electrification of the Cardiff to Swansea rail line.
Speaking after this, Chris Elmore MP said: “the people of South Wales have been misled by Ministers from across Government. I and my Welsh Labour colleagues will not stand for this”.
In 2015, both the then Transport Secretary, Sir Patrick McLoughlin MP, and the Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns MP had indicated that these rail improvements would go ahead, with Cairns stating in 2015: “I’m pleased to hear the strong commitment to South Wales electrification through to Swansea from the Transport Secretary”.