Geraint Davies MP

Working hard for Swansea - yn gweithio dros Abertawe

Rail electrification delay is another broken Tory election promise

The delay in rail electrification to Swansea is another broken Tory promise. Wales desperately needs to increase economic productivity to boost economic growth, help pay down the deficit and to put food on the tables of working families in Wales. Instead, the delay in Swansea's rail electrification is another kick in the teeth on top of massive cuts in tax credits for those working all hours to make ends meet. The Budget has simply reinforced the plight of a new generation of those in poverty at work. The real issue in Wales and Britain is not so much the number at work but the ability of working families to keep afloat and the Tories are forcing them under. Across Britain there are 800,000 fewer people earning over £20,000 than there were in 2010 so cuts in work benefits will hit people already on low wages even harder.


The delay in rail electrification alongside uncertainty over our future in the EU will cut inward investment and is another blow to Swansea and Wales. Wales and Swansea need better, faster rail links to London and Europe but the Conservatives are restricting our economic lifeblood whilst pumping investment into London and the South East. Cuts to rail electrification are another broken promise alongside cuts to Welsh Government income on which we rely for essential public services. We need more growth and less cuts to balance the books and the Tories' Sheriff of Nottingham Budget is robbing the poor to pay the rich with inheritance tax give aways in London paid for by food taken from the mouths of Swansea children.


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