Labour unveils its partnership pledges
Only Labour in the Assembly working closely with Labour in Westminster can build a better, fairer Wales, the party said as it unveiled its partnership pledges ahead of this week's election.
Labour First Minister Rhodri Morgan and Secretary of State for Wales Peter Hain said the Labour partnership had already delivered concrete results for Wales, but would achieve yet more in the future. The partnership pledges are:
- A partnership to eradicate child poverty
- A partnership for skills
- A partnership for work
- A partnership for safer communities
- A partnership for the environment
Rhodri Morgan said:
"Big challenges need a joint response. Wales works best as part of a strong UK team fighting for our interests."
"It is the hard work and dedication of Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Peter Hain - working with my administration in Cardiff - that delivered a second round of vital European funding for Wales."
"It is this close working relationship that has delivered vital economic stability for Wales, more fairness for hardworking families, more help for pensioners and action to give young people hope."
"Labour in Wales and London has delivered action to crack down on anti-social behaviour and reclaim the streets for respectable citizens. Working in partnership, we have introduced tough measures to combat crime and anti-social behaviour, while also offering young people constructive things to do with their spare time and plenty of opportunities to boost their skills."
"Of course after eight years in power in the Assembly, people are bound to have the odd gripe with Labour. But when people look at all that we have achieved together, they will see too that Wales needs a Labour partnership with their interests at heart."
Peter Hain said:
"The success Wales has enjoyed over the past eight years is thanks to the strong partnership between Labour in London and Labour in Wales."
"Thanks to that partnership, Wales is going in the right direction with a record number of people in jobs, more business success than ever before, huge investment in schools and hospitals, and the massive £16 billion investment in St Athan."
"That partnership is possible thanks to the leadership of Rhodri Morgan, the towering figure of Welsh politics."
"The choice on May 3rd is between "Feelgood Wales", going in the right direction under Rhodri and Welsh Labour, or the risk of it all unravelling with a weak and divided coalition of Tories and separatists, leading only to instability and conflict."
"Only a vote for Rhodri and Welsh Labour on May 3rd can safeguard our successful partnership and stop the Tories winning power with Plaid and the Liberals."