Glamorgan Gem Column
Not Just a Broken Promise: A Betrayal
The summer recess has come to mean one thing over the past seven years: more bad news for Wales from the Tories. This year was no exception.
Many MPs had been looking forward to taking a little time out and to spend more time in their constituencies over the parliamentary recess. It seems the UK Government had decided that this was a good time to sneak out as much bad news as they could to try to catch us on the back foot.
In all, the Tories snuck out a whopping 22 written statements about various different issues with one clear theme in common: bad news.
Perhaps the most shocking statement was from Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport, which notified us that the planned and widely heralded rail electrification to Swansea had been scrapped. On countless occasions, both the previous Transport Secretary and the Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns MP, have affirmed that this vital project would go ahead.
This is not just a broken promise: it is a betrayal of our communities across South Wales.
Alun Cairns said in 2015: “this project will transform the lives of people across South Wales by attracting investors, linking businesses to suppliers and connecting people to jobs”. I agreed with his comments about the project at the time but I was always sceptical that they would follow through with such an ambitious development.
It’s clear that, following their disastrous 2017 General Election result up and down Wales, the UK Government is seeking to punish those areas which rejected their weak Prime Minister’s plans for the country by stifling the economic opportunities this project would bring across South Wales.
They have cancelled this plan to save money and to further prevent rural areas from becoming more economically prosperous.
One thing the Tories didn’t consider when they snuck this u-turn out was their weak position as a Government. The 28 Welsh Labour MPs who were elected in June will not let them off the hook. We will ensure that the Transport Secretary is brought to the House of Commons to explain this disgraceful decision following the Parliamentary recess.
I and my other Welsh Labour colleagues will not allow our communities to be treated this way. People are sick and tired of being told infrastructural improvements are coming and then never seeing them materialise. I will not allow the voices of the communities which this project would have benefited go unheard. If you would like to pass your comments onto me about this issue, I would be delighted to hear from you. You can of course email me via firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling my office on 01656 860 034.
The People of South Wales will not forget how easily the Tories have neglected them just weeks after a General Election.
Strong and stable? With u-turn after u-turn, this Government edges ever closer to collapse.