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Labour’s latest Valleys reboot needs to have substance say Welsh Conservatives

Welsh Government ministers will need to convince Valleys communities that their new action plan is more than just a “glossy PR exercise”, say Welsh Conservatives.

The Welsh Labour Government launches ‘Our Valleys, Our Future’ today – the product of a year of consultations by its Valleys task force. But Welsh Conservatives are warning that public cynicism is likely to be high, coming just weeks after Labour scrapped its much vaunted investment in the Circuit of Wales scheme.

Commenting on the announcement, Shadow Economy Secretary, Russell George, said:

“For a generation and more, Valleys communities have been let down by a lack of strategic leadership at the heart of Welsh Government.

“This is a part of Wales which has seen huge sums of investment from EU schemes, and yet that money has on the whole been wasted, and there is little evidence to suggest that previous initiatives have been anywhere near transformational.

“That’s part of the reason that so many people here voted to Leave the EU last year.

“This is Labour’s latest effort to reboot their strategy for the Valleys – and I wish them well. But coming just weeks after they scrapped the Circuit of Wales, it’s hard to see this as anything more than a glossy PR exercise.”