Plaid Cymru’s Westminster candidate for the Dwyfor Meirionnydd seat, Councillor Liz Saville Roberts, has used her maiden speech at the party’s Spring Conference to spell out Plaid Cymru’s commitment to putting Wales first.
Speaking on the first day of conference in Cardiff, Cllr Roberts set out how Plaid Cymru is the only party in Wales not “in thrall” to higher masters in Westminster, and why Wales needs a strong voice at the European table in the form of a Plaid MEP.
She issued scathing criticism of the Westminster government’s “fear and loathing politics” which demonizes the poor and needy, and pointed to Labour’s fixation with playing the blame game between Cardiff and the Westminster government.
Cllr Roberts said:
“As I work towards keeping the Dwyfor Meirionnydd seat for Plaid Cymru, our party’s pledge to put Wales first must be clearly conveyed on the doorstep.
“What I want the people of this constituency and wider Wales to realise is Plaid Cymru’s unique ability to prioritise the interests of the Welsh people, in stark contrast to the other parties who choose to act as yes men to their Westminster masters.
“The UK government has chosen a path of fear and loathing politics which demonizes the poor and humiliates those who have the misfortune to be less equal than others in a society that enshrines inequality as a national characteristic.
“That in no way puts the people of Wales first. Indeed, it seems that we are to be cannon fodder in a battle between the two major Westminster parties, as our hospitals and schools are held up to public scorn by the Tories in a bid not to seek service improvements but to score points against Labour back in London.
“With the Westminster parties unwilling and unable to put Wales first, we need our Plaid Cymru representatives at every political level from community council to European Parliament.
“Our positive messages of a 1,000 extra doctors, a Bank of Wales, joined-up social and health services, beneficial small business rates and greater control over our own affairs will all inspire hope, confidence and ambition among the people of Wales.
“Over the next year I am determined to play a full part in spreading these messages throughout Dwyfor Meirionnydd and beyond, and secure the strongest possible voice for Wales in Westminster.”