‘Liberal Democrats are creating a stronger economy in a fairer society’ – Kirsty Williams

2013 Mai 22 5:06 PM

Speaking during this afternoon's debate on the Queen's Speech, Kirsty Williams, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:

"The Welsh Liberal Democrats' priorities have always been to build a stronger economy in a fairer society, and Liberal Democrat policies in the Queen's Speech are very much delivering on that.

"Obviously it is not a Liberal Democrat Queen speech and there are many more bills in there I would like to see, but I know that if the Conservatives had formed their own minority government back in 2010, we wouldn't be here today talking about Silk, with its possibility of devolving some taxation powers and borrowing to the National Assembly - powers which I believe will create a stronger Welsh economy.

"Without Liberal Democrats in Government, the policies that will make our society a fairer place would not have been so high up the agenda. We only need to look at the Equal Marriage bill and the events of yesterday and Monday in the House of Commons to prove that point.

"Liberal Democrat Ministers are making a huge difference in this coalition Government. Steve Webb MP, now the longest serving Pensions Minister since the post was created, is delivering a single tier pension which will put an end to the confusing system inherited from Labour. Norman Lamb MP is bringing historic reforms to England's care system which will end the unfairness caused by unlimited care costs. This is something that must be mirrored in Wales - Welsh Labour can't keep ducking away from this hugely important issue.

"As well as creating a fairer society, the Bills included in the Queen's Speech will help create a stronger economy. On top of the electrification of the great western mainline and the other capital infrastructure projects the UK Government has already committed to Wales, I am pleased that the Queen's Speech will introduce a National Insurance Contributions Bill that will support over 35,000 businesses in Wales to hire their first employee or expand their workforce.

"The key themes of the Queen's speech are growth, deficit reduction, social reform and fairness. This is in stark contrast to Labour's alternative Queen's Speech, which would mean £28 billion more borrowing. Instead of sticking our heads in the sand and burying Britain in more and more debt, I am proud that Liberal Democrats in Government remain committed to an agenda that is reducing the deficit, supporting those who work hard and want to get on in life and ensuring that we can deliver a stronger economy in a fairer society."

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