As Carwyn Jones celebrates four years in his current job, Welsh Conservatives have strongly condemned his performance on education, health and the economy.
The Leader of the Welsh Conservatives has today labelled his tenure ‘entirely uninspiring’ and called for urgent improvement.
In education, last week’s PISA results revealed no improvement on performance three years ago and provided further worrying evidence of a generation of Welsh pupils let down by Mr Jones and successive Labour-led governments.
In health, Mr Jones’s legacy of record-breaking NHS budget cuts continues to heap immense pressure on frontline staff. Waiting times remain desperately long and unwanted hospital downgrading continues apace across Wales.
On the economy, small businesses are not being properly supported, European funding has been wasted, the potential for a council tax freeze has been ignored and inequality and deprivation have not been tackled head-on.
Welsh Conservative Leader, Andrew RT Davies AM, said:
“Four years of missed opportunities.
“Four years of failure to reach the very best for Wales – on education, on health, on the economy.
“All under Carwyn Jones’s watch.
“Skewed spending priorities have led to a refusal to freeze council tax, record-breaking NHS cuts, and business rates relief that could be hugely improved.
“Legislation has been hugely slow in coming forward and to date, Mr Jones’s tenure remains entirely uninspiring.
“This First Minister continues to preside over hospital downgrading, appalling global tests in maths, reading and science, and access to finance for businesses that is inexcusably bad.”