Janet Finch-Saunders on need for new deal for North Wales
A vociferous campaigner for funding parity, Janet Finch-Saunders – the Welsh Conservatives candidate for Aberconwy – has today made clear her concern over the growing disconnect between the North Wales region and the Senedd, which she says is "a result of successive Labour administrations taking our communities for granted."
The Welsh Conservatives want to change this fact as part of their agenda to level up Wales and ensure the economy bounces back after the pandemic. Among the policies to be enacted:
💼 Introduce a dedicated Minister for North Wales to ensure it is no-longer the forgotten region of Wales 🏛️ Move the new Welsh Treasury and a Welsh Development Agency to North Wales creating 200 new jobs ⚓ Work to deliver a Freeport at Holyhead, creating up to 50,000 jobs, positively impacting Aberconwy 🚂 Improve rail links between North Wales and the North West of England, including Manchester and Liverpool Airports as a means of promoting the region as a premier destination for visitors 🏥 Deliver a new medical school for North Wales, whilst also building a Rapid Diagnostic Centre for North Wales cutting waiting times for tests and reduce the need for repeat hospital appointments 🇬🇧 Work with the UK Government to ensure cross border collaboration between North Wales and the North West of England on health, planning and economic development
Commenting on the need for change, Janet said:
“For many local residents, Cardiff Bay can be seem distant and all too often appears out of touch with our reality. After 22 years of Labour running the show, it’s time that we turn the page on a difficult chapter and ensure the people and communities in North Wales are delivered for. “It is why I’m so incredibly proud that the Welsh Conservatives have a plan dedicated to levelling-up our region, improving the lives of families across the Aberconwy by delivering on pledges to invest in our health and social care services – something that has been long overdue. “Importantly, we’d introduce a dedicated Minister for North Wales to ensure it is no-longer the forgotten region of Wales and move the new Welsh Treasury and a reformed Welsh Development Agency to North Wales creating up to 200 new jobs. These are bold moves that recognise the potential and importance of our region. “We’d also deliver on my long-running campaign to improve rail links between North Wales and the North West of England, including the Airports, as a means of promoting the region as a premier destination for visitors. This will bolster our tourism and hospitality businesses for the long-term. “This is a bold and ambitious plan for change and recovery, that will inject some much-needed investment in the region I’m proud to call home.”