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Anna McMorrin MP: Welsh Grand Committee

February 9, 2018

At the Welsh Grand Committee on 7th February 2018, I was pleased to have had the chance to speak Welsh today during the Wales Grand Committee on the Autumn Budget on Wednesday.

Mae’n un o ieithoedd swyddogol y Deyrnas Unedig, ac mae llawer o fy etholwyr yng Ngogledd Caerdydd yn ei siarad, felly rwy’n gobeithio y bydd fy Ngwir Anrhydeddus Gyfeillion a minnau yn cael siarad Cymraeg yn y brif siambr hefyd cyn bo hir.

As one of the official languages of the UK, and spoken by many of my constituents in Cardiff North, I hope that my Right Honourable Friends and I will soon be able to speak Welsh in the main chamber too.

I went onto hold the Government to account over their lack of respect for Wales as a devolved nation. The Tories have no mandate in Wales – and no respect for Wales, consistently ignoring recommendations from the Welsh Government, and excluding them from Brexit negotiations.

 The Secretary of State constantly blocks policies that would allow Wales to create more jobs and lower energy costs, as well as undermining devolution at every opportunity. Where was he when the DUP won a billion pounds for Northern Ireland? Why didn’t he demand more money for Wales?

In addition, I stated that Cardiff North has the highest percentage of public sector workers in Wales, but Tory austerity measures have reduced their wages by up to 20% in real-terms since 2010 because of pay caps and freezes.

Welsh Government funding cannot resolve an issue that should be put right by UK Government. If this were the case, we would see millions of pounds taken from frontline services, and from the budget of NHS Wales, risking thousands of public sector jobs. It is therefore essential that the UK Government provide the funding for Wales, and treat public servants with fairness and equity.

You can watch the full speech on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/A0LEkIOxVWs