Lib Dems launch Wales General Election campaign with vow to tackle Conservatives’ “legacy of failure”

29 May 2024
Jane and Ed

The Liberal Democrats have launched their general election campaign in Wales with a promise to reverse the Conservatives’ “legacy of failure” and champion British farming. 

Speaking in Wales, Ed Davey will set out a rescue plan for farmers, including £1 billion in extra funding for the agriculture budget, re-negotiating botched overseas trade deals and addressing worker shortages blighting the sector. 

Ed Davey will be joined by the Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds, who has called on the Welsh Government to deliver a fair payment scheme following the controversial Sustainable Farming Scheme being delayed until 2026.  

The Liberal Democrats are hoping to oust Conservative MPs in seats where they are in second place, including the constituency of Brecon, Radnor and Cwm Tawe in Wales. 

Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey said:

“This Conservative Government has left a legacy of failure from the NHS to British farming. 

In Wales, families and pensioners are bearing the brunt of a cost of living crisis and Conservative economic chaos in Westminster.

British farmers are the best in the business, but Conservative neglect has left too many farmers on their knees. Rishi Sunak takes farmers for granted. 

This election gives Wales the opportunity of a lifetime to show the Conservatives the door, by voting for Liberal Democrats who will champion the best of Welsh farming. 

Jane Dodds is standing up for farmers in Wales, just as the Liberal Democrats stand up for farmers across the UK.”

The Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Jane Dodds MS, said:

“It is fantastic to welcome Ed Davey to Wales this morning.

Up and down the country the message is clear, people want change and on the 4th of July the Welsh public will have the opportunity to deliver that change by voting for the Welsh Liberal Democrats, especially in seats like Brecon, Radnor and Cwm Tawe where we came a close second to the Conservatives last time. 

The Conservatives have consistently let down Wales, whether that’s with false promises of levelling up, selling Welsh lamb farmers down the river with broken trade deals or allowing water companies to dump sewage in our world-class rivers they have proven they won’t stand up for Wales or its interests.

By contrast, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have a long and proud history of putting local communities first and we will be campaigning hard to protect our countryside, tackle poverty in our communities, stand up for our farmers and end the dentist drought across huge parts of the country.”

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