Plaid Slams Labour Welfare Betrayal

23/07/2015

Labour supporters in Wales have been betrayed by the party's failure to oppose Tory welfare cuts, said Plaid Cymru's Swansea West Assembly candidate Dr Dai Lloyd.

The recent House of Commons vote on the Conservative Government's Welfare Bill tells you all you need to know about the busted state of the Labour party, Dr Lloyd told the annual general meeting of Plaid's Swansea West constituency branch. 

"Incredibly the Bill was opposed by more SNP and Plaid Cymru MPs than Labour ", Dr Lloyd said.

"Most Labour MPs abstained - ignoring the fact that the Tory bill ditches the government’s duty to end child poverty by 2020.

"Plaid Cymru aims to ensure a genuine living wage to gain a pay rise for 250,000 Welsh workers - not the cynical rebranding exercise carried out by the Chancellor in his Budget.

 "If you feel let down by Labour's toothless abstention on welfare cuts in the wake of their disastrous general election performance,  join Plaid Cymru and be part of a real opposition to the Tories."

Fifty-five SNP and three Plaid MPs opposed the second reading of the Welfare Bill, as opposed to 48 Labour members.  Another SNP MP acted as teller for the opposition lobby.  The majority of Labour MPs joined their interim leader Harriet Harman in abstaining on the vote.