Leanne Wood: Welsh and UK governments ‘asleep at the wheel’ in steel crisis

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Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood has today accused the Welsh and UK governments of being “asleep at the wheel” as the steel industry faces crisis putting thousands of jobs at risk.

Leanne Wood, whose party was the first to propose a joint venture in order to save the industry back in January, called for “decisive action” at both ends of the M4 in order to make up for months of inaction and indifference by the Welsh and UK governments.

She added that the First Minister’s decision not to be in Mumbai for the crisis talks last week signalled “an abdication of responsibility" and is "as bad as the lack of action on the part of the Tories in Westminster".

Party of Wales Leader Leanne Wood said:
“As our steel industry and the wider economy face a crisis, the Welsh and UK governments are asleep at the wheel.

“Months of inaction and indifference by administrations at both ends of the M4 have led to increased risks for the industry and untold uncertainty for the thousands of workers whose jobs hang in the balance.

“As far back as January, Plaid Cymru was calling for a joint venture in order to give the steel industry a fighting chance of survival.

“The Labour First Minister’s decision not to be in Mumbai for the crisis talks last week signalled an abdication of responsibility and is as bad as the lack of action on the part of the Tories in Westminster.

“The Welsh and Westminster governments are equally complicit in not stepping up to the plate to tackle an unfolding economic crisis. Now is the time for decisive action.

“Today, the UK Business Secretary must begin to outline a comprehensive plan to safeguard the future of Welsh steel as he visits Port Talbot later.

“In the same vein, the First Minister of Wales must use the Assembly recall on Monday to outline how he intends to make up for months of lost time.”

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