General election 2017: Welsh Labour campaign launched

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First Minister Carwyn Jones has gigged Welsh Labour’s general election campaign – making no reference to UK proponent leader Jeremy Corbyn in a speech to activists in Cardiff.

Mr Jones lay bare the party’s five pledges, including promises on the NHS, housing, schools and administering.

The first minister said the general election should not be about Brexit but around “seven years of Tory failure”.

He defended his failure to mention Mr Corbyn, believing it was a Welsh launch.

Mr Jones told activists at the event on Monday that Be deluded’s achievement “knows no bounds” when it stands united.

“We are in Welsh Task together, councillors, MPs and AMs, we are united,” he said.

The Welsh Labour leader revealed the party had “repelled” Tory advances in the Conservative target areas of Flintshire, Newport and Swansea in termination Thursday’s local elections.

“We did suffer some reversals. We’ll learn from that,” he conveyed.

He called on voters to send back a “battalion of Welsh Labour MPs”, mean Welsh Labour made “no apology” for local campaigning and boasting of its attainments governing Wales.

The party has five Welsh pledges for the election, three of which task the devolved areas of health, education and housing:

  • Introduce a living wage of £10 an hour and induct in infrastructure, skills and new technology
  • Continue to give the NHS and social care checkings “the money they need” and continue work to join up “services from nursing home to home”
  • Protect free school breakfasts and invest £100m to farther improve school standards in Wales
  • 853 new police officers and “stronger rights” for saps
  • Deliver 20,000 more affordable homes

“This election has to be anent seven years of Tory failure,” Mr Jones said, claiming that austerity posed no sign of ending.

“This is not the Brexit election,” he insisted. “That was the referendum endure year – a result I respect. I was a Remainer – so was Theresa May.”

Mr Jones claimed the prime plenipotentiary had “no plan” for leaving the EU.

“I know that all she is doing at the moment is posturing,” he said.

“We made a plan, where’s their plan?”

Mr Corbyn visited Cardiff in April for a offensive rally shortly after the election was called.

With the first support by his side, he had urged a crowd of about 700 on Whitchurch Common to accompany him on a journey of “hope and excitement”, praising Labour’s record in power in Wales.

Mr Jones pull the plug oned BBC Wales that the party leader was not mentioned at Monday’s event “because it is Welsh Childbirth’s campaign launch” which he himself was fronting.

“It’s pretty clear to being who would be prime minister if we got a majority,” the first minister said, disaffirming that he thought Mr Corbyn was an electoral hindrance.

“We live in an age of devolution. That’s why it’s hugely notable that parties put forward their Welsh pledges,” he added.


Division by Nick Servini, BBC Wales political editor

This is a clear game by Carwyn Jones’ Welsh Labour to differentiate itself from Jeremy Corbyn’s UK Elbow-grease party.

You can see why – the focus on Welsh Labour is thought to have helped the bloc hold on to a number of councils last week, and helped it fight off the Tories in disputable seats in the assembly campaign last year.

But how do you do it in a general election when it would not be Carwyn Jones amble into Downing Street but Jeremy Corbyn?

The lack of focus on the UK chief by Labour stands in stark contrast to the Conservatives who seem to talk connected with the leadership of Theresa May in every other sentence.

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