Plaid Cymru’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Wrecsam, Arfon Jones has welcomed the joint announcement from Plaid and SNP in Westminster today.
On Wednesday, the leaders of Plaid and the SNP unveiled '4 Wales, 4 Scotland' – a joint agreement to secure a better deal for the people of Scotland and Wales in the event of a hung parliament.
The key elements of the four part programme will be:
1. Fair funding for Wales and Scotland
2. Protecting local services and the most vulnerable
3. Action to help the green economy
4. Support for business growth
Plaid’s Arfon Jones said:
“This is now a very exciting time for Plaid Cymru. There is a very real possibility that none of the London parties will gain a majority at the election - which means that the role of Plaid in the negotiations is huge.
“The people of Wrecsam face very deep threats under both Labour and the Tories which will threaten local and Wales-wide economic recovery. We are still feeling the brunt of a brutal recession and what we need now is to stimulate the economy.
“Only with more Plaid MPs will we be able to fight these cuts – cuts that are widely accepted to be ‘harsher and deeper’ than those of Margaret Thatcher.
“Plaid will fight for fair funding and vital concessions to protect Wales and Wrecsam – our schools, hospitals and frontline services. The ‘4 Wales 4 Scotland’ pledges really go to the heart of what we desperately need.
Plaid Cymru leader Ieuan Wyn Jones AM said:
"In their race for the keys to Number 10, the London Parties have forgotten about what really matters to voters in Scotland and Wales but the SNP and Plaid Cymru have not.
“With the prospect of a balanced parliament becoming more likely by the day, we believe that an election that gives no single party an overall majority would be the best possible outcome for our nations.
“A Celtic alliance of Plaid and SNP MPs would be in a position to negotiate real benefits for the people of Wales and Scotland.
“The greater the vote for Plaid and the SNP – the better the deal for Wales and Scotland. This is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference.
“We would demand fairer funding for Wales and Scotland to protect jobs, our schools, our hospitals and the most vulnerable in society.
"At the heart of our platform there would also need to be a real commitment to grow our economies through fast transport links and additional support to create thousands of high-quality jobs in the green and creative industry sectors.”