Plaid's Alternative Speech Would Move Wales Forward


Plaid Cymru's Elfyn Llwyd MP will today (Wednesday) outline his party's Alternative Speech in response to the Queen's Speech, welcoming some anticipated proposals while offering more progressive legislation that would specifically benefit the people of Wales.

Mr Llwyd will congratulate the government on bringing forward proposals for a Grocery Ombudsman, a policy which he has championed since the 2005 election, and outline Plaid Cymru's progressive proposals relating to crime and justice, transport, jobs and energy.

Speaking ahead of the Queen's Speech, Mr Llwyd said:

"Much of the policies we would like to see in the Queen’s Speech are to do with the powers that we believe should be held by the Welsh Government and the National Assembly for Wales. It is purely a matter of common sense that decisions which have a direct impact on the day-to-day lives of the people of Wales would be more appropriately decided at a Welsh rather than UK level.

"Our call for a separate legal jurisdiction for Wales, supported by many experts within the profession, aims to increase accountability and address the anomaly of Wales being the only country in the world with its own legislature but no administrative system to support it.

"I will also be calling for another of Plaid's core policies, the devolution of consent over energy generating powers. An Energy Powers (Wales) Bill would see our nation taking control of its abundance of natural resources and harnessing their power to generate jobs, growth and green energy.

"Jobs and growth are also the focal points of Plaid's call for a Welsh JobCentrePlus that would restore priority to the welfare of jobseekers rather than the profits of major companies – the latter being a result of the current and previous London governments’ outsourcing to the private sector.

"Finally, with Welsh taxpayers footing the bill for a £33bn High Speed rail project that will bring precious little benefit to anywhere other than England - just like CrossRail and the Olympic Games - Plaid will be calling for a Railways Electrification Bill to boost Wales' infrastructure while generating jobs and growth.

"What Plaid offer here are workable and progressive proposals for a better Wales. I hope that tomorrow's Queen’s Speech will rival the ambition that this party has for our nation."