Launching the party's manifesto, he said only Labour could deliver a radical agenda for government that would build world-class public services, tackle child poverty, protect out environment and build prosperous communities.
Hailing a successful start to the Assembly campaign, Rhodri Morgan said that people could trust Labour to deliver on its commitments because of its strong record in government, delivering record numbers of jobs, free prescriptions and massive investment in public services.
Labour published 11 key pledges to be delivered by 2011. The 11 for '11 are:
- 25,000 Apprenticeships: Labour building a workforce of the future;
- An extra Children's Bond for all children entering school: For every child entering full-time compulsory schooling, we will provide a voucher: £50 for all children and £100 for every child in a low income family;
- Maximum 26 weeks NHS waiting times from referral to treatment: Today, virtually no one waits more than eight months for hospital treatment. The majority of patients in Wales are now waiting less than three months for treatment, eight out of 10 inpatients and nine out of ten outpatients wait less than six months;
- Pharmacy-based NHS Drop-In Centres: Making like easier for people who can't get the time off work, providing a rage of primary care services supported by pharmacists and NHS nurses without appointment being necessary;
- 100,000 homes made energy efficient and 30,000 micro generation units: The Labour Welsh Assembly Government is committed to reducing Wales' ecological footprint and this will be achieved by a wide rage of detailed measures impacting on the ways in which all of us lead our lives;
- New Not-for-Profit Nursing Homes: Labour's response to the increasing demographic demand for nursing care and the recognition that the private market on its own may not always provide the secure supply that people want;
- Discounted rail travel for pensioners and 50 new train carriages: Our rail network has been improved by the support of the Welsh Assembly Government with new train lines in the Vale of Glamorgan and the Ebbw Valley, new and improved stations and the extra investment which allows greater train frequency;
- £20 million nation fund for the youth service: This would be a commitment to provide a capital fund of £20 million over the next four years;
- 6,500 new affordable homes: Helping our youngsters to get on the property ladder;
- Tidy Towns - £16 million Clean-Up fund for Welsh cities, towns and villages: Tough new fines for littering and graffiti. We want to rid our towns of any sites or accumulated litter, ugly graffiti and dispiriting dereliction; and
- Mobile Mammas - Extra support for Child Care: We will work with the DWP to jointly fund Retention and Advancement programme in Wales. It will provide practical help to lone parents entering employment, to address those issues which cause difficulties in staying in work and building careers.
Rhodri Morgan said:
"Only Labour can offer a truly radical programme for government that will tackle child poverty, deliver the jobs of the future and world-class public services. This cements Labour's position as the party of the hardworking people of our nation, with more support for parents who want to work, more apprenticeships for our youngsters to pursue successful careers and more help for families to get on the housing ladder."
"We are the party of respectful, tidy neighbourhoods with our plan for cleaner Welsh towns, cities and villages. Our programme of tough new fines for those who vandalise and litter our communities is balances with a £20m fund so that quality youth services are provided, giving our young people more to do in their spare time."
"Labour is the party for security and comfort in old age, with our not-for-profit nursing homes delivering quality and peace of mind and discounted rail travel more freedom to get out and about."
"Labour founded the NHS and is the only party that can be trusted with the future of our NHS. Our guaranteed wait of no more than 26 weeks for hospital operations, with the vast majority waiting far less, and new pharmacy-based drop-in centres, prove that we are the party that can build a world-class NHS."
"My Assembly Government has proved its mettle by delivering for Wales, with free prescriptions, an abolition of long waits for hospital treatment, record investment in public services and record levels of employment. We can be trusted to build an even stronger future for Wales. The alternative is a drift to the right under a Tory-led coalition, supported by the nationalists and Liberal Democrats that would condemn Wales to a shambolic future of cuts and privatization."