Plaid Cymru launch manifesto with pledge to give people final say on Brexit
PUBLISHED: 14:14 22 November 2019 | UPDATED: 14:14 22 November 2019
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Plaid Cymru has promised a confirmatory referendum and made a multi-billion investment programme its key pledge in its general election manifesto.
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The party say it will create tens of thousands of new jobs across Wales with a £20 billion investment into renewable energy, digital technology and transport infrastructure, with the added aim of making the country carbon and single-use plastic free by 2030.
The PA reports that projects include the electrification of all mainline rail lines and Valleys railways, a metro system, the construction of tidal lagoons in Swansea Bay, Cardiff, and Colwyn Bay, an offshore windfarm near Ynys Mon, a barrage on the River Usk, and the construction of 20,000 green social houses.
The party has also prioritised social care, promising free care for the elderly and vulnerable people through a National Health and Social Care Service.
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It says an additional 1,000 new doctors, 5,000 new nurses, and 100 new NHS dentists would offer "seamless access to health and care for everyone throughout Wales."
A "fair deal for families" would offer universal free childcare for 40 hours a week, and a £35 a week payment for every child in a low income household, which they say will lift 50,000 children out of poverty.
Housing has also been made a key priority, with a pledge to invest in environmentally sustainable affordable homes and rent relief for people who pay more than 30% of their income on rent.
Plaid has also pledged to combat crime, with the creation of a Welsh justice system, policing devolved to Wales, and a crime prevention fund to recruit 1,600 new police officers and at least two for every community.
Other key points of the manifesto include having a "final say referendum" on EU membership, a Welsh migration advisory service to plug skills gaps with migrants, devolution of the welfare system, cancelling plans for the £5 billion restoration of the Palace of Westminster, and a decision of going to war requiring support of all four nations of the UK.
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