Hain and Gillan refuse to answer key question on cuts

Plaid Cymru is today calling once again for the London parties to come clean on their plans to cut the Welsh Budget. During this morning’s Welsh Leaders Debate on SKY both Labour’s Peter Hain and the Conservatives’ Cheryl Gillan refused to reveal the exact scale of the “savage cuts” their planning for Welsh schools, hospitals and councils in Wales despite being asked the question on a number of occasion by Plaid’s leader Ieuan Wyn Jones.

A Sky News poll following their Welsh Leaders Debate placed Ieuan Wyn Jones AM as the clear winner in today’s debate. When closing the Sky poll showed the Plaid leader with a commanding lead on 55% with Peter Hain trailing in second on 23% followed by Kirsty Williams AM, 19% and Conservative Shadow Secretary of State Cheryl Gillan MP back on a lowly 3%. Plaid’s Westminster candidate in Carmarthen East and Dinefwr Jonathan Edwards says the result shows what impact Plaid can have on this election.

Jonathan Edwards said:

“Plaid has published its assessment of the scale of the cuts facing Wales based on the UK Treasury’s own figures and they amount to around £3 billion over the next 4 years. But Peter Hain is still refusing to confirm or deny whether this is the case.

It’s time for both Labour and the Tories come clean so that we can have an honest debate about how we protect our jobs, schools and hospitals.”

Mr Edwards added:

“The poll goes to show that Ieuan Wyn Jones hit the right chord with the viewers. People clearly reacted to Plaid’s radical agenda that is completely different to the same old establishment approach offered by Labour, the Lib Dems and the Conservatives. I think Ieuan’s assured approach showed what definitive leadership Plaid can offer and how people want a party that is ready to fight on the issues that matter to us here in Wales.

What this poll also demonstrates is that the people of Wales wanted to see a fair representation of their choice at this election. The stitch-up debates organised by the London parties excluding Plaid Cymru and the SNP are designed to maintain the status quo and fool the electorate into thinking they have to stick with a failing system. When given a fresh option, and a unique Welsh focus as shown by Ieuan Wyn Jones in this debate, there is a clear reaction from the public. On the doorstep we are finding that and this poll only confirms those views.”

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