12 Oct Mark Drakeford to launch North Wales leadership campaign
Mark Drakeford today launches his Labour leadership campaign in North Wales vowing to create prosperity for people in all parts of the country.
Prof Drakeford will present his vision for the future development of the North Wales economy in Flintshire this afternoon. Speaking at Coleg Cambria’s Northop campus, he will say:
“It is great to be here in a college which does so much to prepare young people in North Wales with the skills they need for a bright economic future. I especially want to focus on the economy today because there is so much which the rest of Wales can learn from what already happens here in the North. At the same time, there is more which we can do, at the Welsh Government, to create prosperity for people in all parts of Wales.”
Prof Drakeford will tell supporters his plan for ‘21st century socialism’ will create an economy ‘which works for the many, not just the few; attends to the needs of tomorrow, not just today and invests in infrastructure and skills to support the success of Welsh businesses’. He will say:
“I want to put tackling inequality at the heart of Labour’s economic action plan, because more equal societies do better economically and socially, with faster and fairer growth. That way we all prosper together, creating the fairer society which is the core mission of the Labour Party.”
Prof Drakeford will also focus on the importance of Fair Work, in which the jobs which people do in meeting everyday needs – care services, retail and transport – are properly valued and rewarded. He will make a specific commitment to put a Social Partnership Act on the statute book, to help stamp out abusive employment practices and to strengthen the Welsh way of trade unions, employers and the Welsh Government working together.
Other policy pledges will include:
- Protecting jobs and the economy in any Brexit deal
- Creating new green jobs by making Wales a leader in renewable energy technology
- Simplifying support for businesses, cutting red tape and boosting local firms
- Setting up a Community Bank for Wales, providing loans to small businesses and banking facilities through a network of branches
- Making sure that people can still come to Wales when there is a job waiting for them
Prof Drakeford has the support of 16 Labour AMs, including Welsh Government Cabinet Secretaries Lesley Griffiths and Ken Skates, AMs for Wrexham and Clwyd South. Environment minister Hannah Blythyn (Delyn) and Jack Sargeant (Alyn and Deeside) are also backing him.
Ahead of a Welsh Labour leadership hustings in Rhyl on Thursday, October 18, Mr Skates said a prime reason for backing Prof Drakeford is his commitment to North Wales.