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April 9, 2011 12:00 PM

Peter Black at Welsh ConferenceThe Welsh Liberal Democrats will expose an example of the waste and inefficiency of Labour and Plaid Cymru in government on each day of the Welsh general election campaign.

In August 2010, it was revealed that the Labour-Plaid government had spent more that £400,000 in a year on external PR companies while emplyoing 25 full-time PR and communications staff. A Freedom of Information request revealed the Labour-Plaid government used external PR firms from April 2009 to March 2010.

Peter Black, Welsh Liberal Democrat South Wales West Candidate said:

"With 25 in-house press officers and public relations staff, you'd hope that the Labour-Plaid government wouldn't have to pay large amounts of money to external consultants.

"We have been warning the Labour-Plaid government for a long time that they need to cut back on the amount of money they spend on external consultants and rely on in-house experience to save money.

"During the Welsh General Election campaign, the Welsh Liberal Democrats will expose the waste and inefficiency of the Labour-Plaid government over the past four years. When every family, charity and business is having to make every pound stretch that little bit further, Wales needs a government that does the same.

"Labour and Plaid Cymru have made waste, incompetence and inefficiency into an art form. "