Plaid Cymru offers ‘green jobs revolution’ in manifesto launch

Adam Price launched his party's manifesto

Friday, November 22, 2019

Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price has promised to create tens of thousands of jobs in a “green jobs revolution” during his party’s manifesto launch.

He said the party would invest £20 billion over the next 10 years from the national reconstruction fund, including the electrification of all mainline rail lines.

Speaking in Nantgarw near Cardiff he said the party would oversee the “biggest programme of reconstruction” in generations with the added aim on making Wales carbon and single-use plastic free by 2030.

“Wales was the cradle of the first industrial revolution, but the sad truth known to all of us who live in Wales is that our country hasn't reaped the benefits of our own wealth,” he said.

“Just as we were the first time, we can be the cradle of another revolution, a green jobs revolution, creating tens of thousands of green collar jobs and seriously tackling the urgent climate emergency we face.”

To help fund its plans Plaid Cymru is calling for Westminster to allocate an extra one per cent of GDP to its investment fund.

It would also push the Treasury to raise Wales’ borrowing limit from £1 billion to £5 billion.

Mr Price said his party would continue to fight to remain in the European Union in a “final referendum”, calling Brexit a “negative, hope-crushing wrecking ball”.

“If you want the people to have their final say then we must encourage as many of them to say loudly and clearly in the days ahead this Brexit is not for us, it never was and never will be,” he said.

The party has called for a referendum on Welsh independence before 2030.

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