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Kirsty Williams launches Welsh Liberal Democrat election campaign

2011 Ebrill 5 1:06 PM

Kirsty Williams today launched the Welsh Liberal Democrats' campaign for the Welsh General Election with a pledge to focus relentlessly on boosting economic growth, creating jobs and tackling low skills. The Welsh Liberal Democrats launched their campaign with a visit to Coleg Gwent, Newport.

Kirsty Williams & Ed Townsend launch the Welsh Lib Dem campaign
Kirsty Williams and Ed Townsend launch the 2011 Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly election campaign

The Welsh Liberal Democrat leader, Kirsty Williams said:

"This election is the most important one that Wales has seen since devolution. The Welsh people voted to strengthen devolution in the referendum but they also want it to work better. A new era of devolution must now begin. This election is about the kind of government that Wales needs.

"Labour and Plaid have left us with a weak economy, underfunded schools, and an NHS that costs more but delivers less. It is no wonder that Labour and Plaid are so desperate to avoid talking about their record. And they have turned waste and incompetence into an art form.

"No more excuses. The Welsh Liberal Democrats believe that Wales deserves better. That is why we will use this election campaign to set out positive policies to

  • Create jobs and improve our economy by offering companies £2,000 for staff training if they provide jobs to unemployed young people.
  • Tackle the spending gap, providing more money for schools by targeting additional money at the 80,000 pupils who need it the most so that schools can afford to invest in the things that really matter, such as smaller class sizes or one-on-one teaching.
  • Cut waiting times by cutting waste. We will improve healthcare by switching ineffective spending in the NHS to the frontline.
  • Radically overhaul the energy efficiency of an extra 12,000 homes by doubling the money available for tackling fuel poverty.
  • Make sure your council can deliver for you by cutting restrictions that stop them innovating and acting in the best interest of local communities."

Ed Townsend, the Welsh Liberal Democrat candidate in Newport East said:

"Areas like ours, in Newport East, have been let down by Labour. They have already showed their arrogance by listing seats they are already counting as 'gains' even before we go to the polls. This proves that they are taking the people of Wales for granted, like they have done for decades.

"But Labour will not be able to run away from their record in Newport. In the key areas of health, education and the economy, Labour simply hasnt't delivered. In contrast, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have positive policies that will help close the schools funding gap, boost our economy and root out waste and inefficincy in the health service."