Three days after criticising Labour at the SNP’s conference in Scotland, Plaid Cymru’s leader, Leanne Wood has done a deal with the party on forced council mergers.
Andrew RT Davies has slammed the nationalist party after it announced it will support Labour and Carwyn Jones in its attempts to force through council reorganisation in Wales, which will put the very existence of the Vale of Glamorgan at serious risk.
Stage 4 of the Local Government Bill will be voted on in the Senedd this evening after being pulled by the Labour government due to lack of support two weeks ago.
The Welsh Conservatives oppose the Bill. The party tabled an amendment calling for referenda to decide on mergers – giving local people the final say.
South Wales Central AM, Andrew RT Davies, said:
“Barely 72 hours after criticising Labour, Plaid’s leader has happily cosied up and done a deal with them, which jeopardises the very future of the Vale of Glamorgan.
“We should’ve expected nothing less than this astonishing hypocrisy. You’d be hard pushed to make it up. Thanks to Plaid and Labour, local people across the Vale will not get a say on the future of our council.
“Thanks to them, the Vale of Glamorgan Council could now be forced to merge with Cardiff. Vote Plaid and you get the Welsh Labour Party and lose the unique identity that is the Vale of Glamorgan. It’s that simple and this disregard for Vale communities is concrete evidence.
“The Welsh Conservatives have passionately oppose forced mergers and we are now the only party who will rightfully give people in the Vale their say. Local residents should have a say and local authorities should be able to demonstrate how a merger will benefit communities.”