First Minister Carwyn Jones AM launches Geraint Davies’s campaign to be re-elected as Swansea West MP “putting Swansea jobs first
First Minister for Wales Carwyn Jones AM was in Swansea to turbo-charge the launch of Geraint Davies’ campaign for re-election as Labour Member of Parliament for Swansea West today.
Speaking at the Phoenix Centre in Townhill, Swansea, Geraint Davies said putting Swansea jobs and services first would be central to his campaign to be re-elected as Swansea West’s MP:-
"This election in Swansea West won't decide who is Prime Minister. It will decide who will be the best MP to speak up for our city and to get the best deal for Swansea jobs and services
"25,000 jobs in Swansea Bay in exports to the EU are at risk if a large Tory majority in Westminster turns its back on the European market. These jobs provide the taxes to pay for our schools and hospitals, so lost jobs would mean cuts in public services and higher taxes.
“That's why the Tories have abandoned their promises not to increase taxes and national insurance and failed to protect pensioners' incomes. I need your support to build business confidence and more investment in Swansea and to protect our rights at work and environment in the years ahead.
“Jobs and the local economy come first which means after years of Conservative delay we must now build the Tidal Lagoon and maximise the economic and environmental benefits. This is a new export technology and we need to move fast before others catch up.
“I secured the commitment to extend rail electrification to Swansea but now the Tories say it will arrive in Cardiff in 2019 and not in Swansea until 2024. I will work with industry to ensure it Swansea rail electrification arrives sooner
"My job as MP will be to deliver the Swansea £1.3 billion City Deal bigger, better and sooner. It is an ambitious vision from our Labour Council and Welsh Government. There is no time for delay and I am talking with new investors at home and overseas to deliver jobs and prosperity for Swansea around it.
"I will fight to ensure Severn Bridge tolls are minimised once the Bridge comes into public ownership. The tolls should not be a tax on the Welsh economy pocketed by the Conservative government then spent in London and the South East.
"I oppose Tory plans for Fracking in the Swansea Bay Region region. Fracking pollutes our water and air and is twice as harmful to climate change as coal. It puts our public health and environment at risk and if re-elected I pledge to be a Green Labour MP.
"If re-elected i will continue with my Clean Air Bill as 40,000 people die a year from air pollution so we need to promote cleaner healthier transport by giving people better choices.
“It is great pleasure that First Minister Carwyn Jones has come to launch my Swansea West campaign in Townhill.
“He knows that 70 per cent of Welsh exports are to the EU Market so avoiding tariffs is crucial to Welsh jobs in Swansea and beyond in negotiations with the EU.
“That’s why I intend to continue to be a strong voice for Swansea jobs amidst the EU negotiations in the difficult times ahead. If re-elected I would continue to be the only MP from Wales on the Council Of Europe.
"We must negotiate with charm not hostility and put our economy first. Getting on with your neighbours doesn't consist of shouting abuse over the garden fence. If re-elected my job is to help build bridges for future prosperity and to stop the Conservatives burning them down and destroying Welsh jobs in negotiation.
"I'm for Swansea and from Swansea and am grateful for the warmth and friendship of people across our city in the seven years I've been the MP.
“Swansea is my home. It's where my children go to school and where my mothers' family has been for five generations. If re-elected I will always put the interests of the people of Swansea first. In contrast the Conservatives have chosen a candidate who is a recent councillor from the Forest of Dean and who stood for a Council seat in Bridgend in May.
"I will be standing on my record for and from Swansea West and hope to be given the confidence of all our communities to be re-elected to give them a strong voice at home in Swansea and in Parliament"