As the National Assembly prepares to reconvene today to discuss the future of the Welsh steel industry, Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood has insisted that action must be taken to ensure the election does not get in the way of resolving the crisis.
Leanne Wood called for the establishment of an All-Party Steel Group comprising members of all elected parties in Wales and business representatives that would allow the Welsh Government to act quickly with the whole of Wales behind them.
She warned that the regulated election period in which the government is prohibited from making key statements and decisions could hamper progress in tackling the crisis, and urged all parties to get behind this proposal that would put in place a mechanism for the Welsh Government to get on with the job of securing the Welsh steel industry’s future.
Party of Wales Leader Leanne Wood said:
“As the Assembly prepares to reconvene today, the focus must be on seeking a solution to the steel crisis that the whole of Wales can get behind.
“This will require cross-party cooperation and a flexible approach to the election period so that the government’s hands are not tied by regulations.
“These are exceptional circumstances which demand an exceptional response. That is why Plaid Cymru is calling for the establishment of an All-Party Steel Group that would allow the Welsh Government to act quickly with the whole of Wales behind them.
“This Group should comprise of a member from each elected party in Wales, alongside business representatives who can bring their valuable experience and expertise to the table.
“Its priority should be to allow the government to make decisions during the regulated election period by involving the other parties which currently sit in the Assembly.
"Its remit would include cross-party consultation on proposed decisions, as well as seeking dialogue with the UK government, EU bodies and the steel industry itself to bring about decisive action with united support.
“As the regulated period prevents government from making key statements and decisions, it is vital that steps are taken to ensure that such protocol does not hamper any progress in tackling the crisis.
“I urge all parties in Wales to get behind this proposal that would put in place a mechanism for the Welsh Government to get on with the job of securing the future of our vital steel industry.”