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1.2 billion reasons to back Plaid Cymru on May 7

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has today (Tuesday) said that the publication of major party manifestos confirms that only a vote for Plaid Cymru will secure financial equality for Wales.

She reiterated her party’s commitment to fight for parity of funding for Wales with Scotland that would amount to an additional £1.2 billion for public services in the country. She further claimed that a majority Labour government would slam the door in Wales’ face on proper funding for Welsh schools and hospitals.

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood said:

"£1.5 billion has been slashed from Welsh public services since the last election and all parties agree that Wales has been underfunded since at least 1978.

“But only Plaid Cymru calls for both a reversal of the cuts agenda pursued by the Tories since the last election, and for equality of funding with Scotland.

“That’s Plaid Cymru’s double pledge to end the current austerity agenda and right the forty year wrong of Wales’ under-funding.

Other parties have now confirmed that if they win the election outright, they will not deliver parity for Wales on funding.  Given that, I fear our funding disadvantage could be locked in for another generation.

“As election day approaches and as polls continue to indicate a hung Parliament, it is more important than ever to ensure Wales has a voice in Westminster.

“Plaid Cymru MPs will fight for Welsh public services to secure equality of funding with Scotland. If Plaid Cymru holds the balance of power at Westminster we have an unprecedented opportunity to deliver that investment for Wales.

“In making promises to keep the current funding arrangements in place for Scotland, the Westminster parties should rectify Wales’ poor treatment.

“I am yet to hear a compelling argument in favour of Wales being treated as a second class nation nor have I heard any reason why patients and pupils in Wales should be disadvantaged.

“People in Wales have clarity with Plaid Cymru. We have calculated that equality of funding would amount to an additional £1.2 billion a year for the country. That’s 1.2 billion reasons to back Plaid Cymru at this election.”