Labour manifesto: Covid recovery plan, new national park, and a ban on single-use plastics


Mark Drakeford outside Senedd (Image: Getty Images)

The Welsh Labour Party is launching its manifesto today for the upcoming Senedd election on 6 May.


The manifesto launch is taking place at Coleg Cambria in the Delyn constituency, which Labour holds in the Senedd, but lost in the 2019 General Election to the Conservative Party.


Labour said that the manifesto promises were affordable, without needing to rely on increases in devolved taxes.


Key Pledges:


  • In terms of Health policies, the manifesto promises to put in place a catch-up programme for the NHS and to build a new medical school in the north.


  • Train 12,000 "doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and psychologists" over the duration of the next government term.


  • Create 'thousands' of new jobs in a low-carbon house construction "revolution"— building 20,000 new "low carbon social homes" for rent.


  • For every young person aged under 25— A guarantee of a job or a place in education or training; Help to start a business.


  • A guaranteed Real Living Wage for care staff— £9.50 an hour, which is more than the National Living Wage.


  • Ban more types of single-use plastics.


  • Create a National Forest for Wales


  • Create a new National Park encompassing Bryniau Clwyd and Dyffryn Dyfrdwy


  • One hundred more Police Community Support Officers.


The party also says it will lead the debate "in a national civic conversation about our constitutional future".


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