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Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol Cymru


Nick Clegg and Kirsty Williams - "This election must be used to build a fairer Wales"

2010 Ebrill 9 11:42 AM

Welsh Liberal Democrats will today formally launch their General election campaign in Cardiff, after months of hard work in key seats across Wales.

Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats will be joined by Kirsty Williams AM, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats and Jenny Willott, Welsh Lib Dem Cardiff M.P. on a visit to Plas Bryn, a specialist apartment complex providing care for older people.

The Welsh Lib Dems will also launch their priorities document 'Change that Works for Wales', which outlines the key themes the party is pursuing in this election as well as highlighting the key benefits a Lib Dem government in Westminster will deliver to Wales.

The visit to Plas Bryn is highlighting how Liberal Democrat proposals for tax relief will benefit pensioners all across Wales. The Liberal Democrats propose to raise the threshold at which people start paying income tax from current levels to £10,000, cutting the average working age person's income tax bill by £700 and cutting pensioners' income tax bills by £100.

Nick Clegg, Leader of the Liberal Democrats said:

"This election must be used to build a fairer Wales. Elections that really matter don't come along that often. But this one has the opportunity to deliver change that will work for the people of this country. We've had 65 years of red-blue, blue-red Government in Westminster that has hoarded power for itself and failed to deliver fairness for the people of Wales.

"Labour has failed to deliver fairness, the Tories won't and Plaid Cymru just can't.

"We offer key changes that will benefit people across Wales tax cuts for lower and middle income earners and pensioners, and more money for struggling children. We want to build an economy based around businesses that are financially and environmentally sustainable and we'd fix our rotten political system so that people can once more have confidence in their political system.

"This election can and must be a turning point for Wales. This must be a moment of great change, so that we emerge from the recession as a fairer, greener and stronger society."

Commenting, Kirsty Williams, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats said:

"Wales has become deeply unfair; the poorest pay a higher proportion of their income in taxes than the richest, a bright child from a poor family will slip behind a less bright child from a better off household early on, a child from Ceredigion will outlive a child from Blaenau Gwent by 5 years and we still have high unemployment and the lowest levels of economic development of anywhere in the UK. We want to put fairness back at the heart of this country.

"This election is a golden opportunity for Wales to rebuild itself as a country that is fit for us, our children and our grandchildren."