Welsh Conservatives pledge to create 'Minister for North Wales'


Welsh Conservatives leader Andrew RT Davies (Image: Welsh Parliament).

The Welsh Conservatives are promising to deliver "a new deal" for the north, by pledging to introduce "a dedicated Minister for North Wales".


The aim of the new post will be to ensure that the north is "no-longer the forgotten region of Wales."


The manifesto pledges to "level-up and join-up public transport in North Wales", and aims to do this by developing a "North Wales Metro" to better integrate public transport and active travel.


The party is also promising a number of infrastructure projects, including establishing a 'freeport' in Caergybi.


The manifesto also contains promises to upgrade the A55 road and to strengthen rail links between the north and northwestern England— especially rail links to Manchester and Liverpool airports.


These plans are designed to promote the north as "a premier destination for international visitors."


The projects are also part of the Conservatives' broader vision for further integration between the north of the country and northwestern England.


The party says it will work with the UK government "to ensure cross border collaboration" in terms of "health, planning and economic development."


In addition to improving transport infrastructure, the manifesto is also promising to relocate the new Welsh Treasury and a reformed Welsh Development Agency to the north in order to create 200 jobs.


They also want to establish a "North East Wales Institute of Technology" and to locate a National Art Gallery collection to the area.


Health care


The manifesto contains a number of pledges with respect to health care. These policies seem to be targetted at voters who are disgruntled with the performance of the Betsi Cadwaladr health board.


The party is pledging to deliver "modern community hospitals" in Y Rhyl and Y Fflint as well as a new medical school.


In addition, the Conservatives are also promising to create a mother and baby unit and to build a "Rapid Diagnostic Centre", which they claim will cut waiting times for tests.

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