Opposition leader Andrew RT Davies says the 40% tax rate should be reduced if the Welsh Government gets income tax powers
The Welsh Conservatives' Shadow finance minister sets out his view of what sort of business bank Wales needs and why
Plaid Cymru's economy spokesman sets out what sort of business bank Wales needs and why
The Assembly's Opposition Leader is expected to tell his party's conference in Swansea that Wales 'feels more removed than it has ever been' because of Labour's dominance of Welsh politics. Andrew RT Davies will accuse Carwyn Jones' party of thinking 'they have a divine right to rule in Wales.'
In a jibe at a lack of major changes around the cabinet table, he'll say that 'some of [Labour's] ministers amongst the longest continuous serving ministers in the Western World. They'd make some of the Eastern Bloc waxworks proud with their longevity!'
The conference takes place at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea.
UK Cabinet ministers and senior Assembly politicians will be amongst the speakers at the party's Welsh conference in Swansea. It's being held at the Liberty stadium and delegates will be hoping some of Swansea's footballing success will add to their party's electoral prospects.
Our Political Editor Adrian Masters spoke to the Leader of the Welsh Conservatives ahead of their conference at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea.
Andrew RT Davies, who posed as a train announcer this afternoon to highlight the UK Government's plan to electrify the line to the city, said his party is showing there is a "real alternative" to the Labour Welsh Government.
– Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health
The time has come for Carwyn Jones to end the uncertainty and commit to the retention of long-term neonatal care in North Wales.
The health board has ridden roughshod over the views of local communities and the expert opinions of clinicians have thus far been ignored.
North Wales' baby care services have been left hanging in the balance for far too long and I urge the First Minister to make a swift decision to scrap the Health Board's plans and get behind services in North Wales.
Axing long-term neonatal intensive care in North Wales must not be allowed to go ahead.
Opposition leader in the Assembly, Andrew RT Davies, was amongst the mourners in St. Paul's Cathedral.
He spoke to our Political Editor Adrian Masters after the service.
Opposition leader Andrew RT Davies told AMs that, although he accepts there are 'two sides to every argument,' he 'passionately believes' that Margaret Thatcher was a force for good and, he said, 'put the great back into Great Britain.'
The Conservatives are fielding more candidates on Anglesey than ever before. While recognising they're unlikely to lead the council, the party's Eric Roberts says they can play a role.
Opposition leader Andrew RT Davies has criticised Finance Minister Jane Hutt for saying that budget cuts which kick in next week will cause the 'most challenging years since devolution.' Mr Davies says the Welsh Government needs to get its priorities right.
Leader of the Welsh Conservatives Andrew RT Davies has questioned the Welsh Government's decision to buy Cardiff Airport, suggesting the money could be better spent.
– Andrew RT Davies,
What we need to see is proper investment in establishing the kind of routes that will attract passengers, and in properly promoting Wales as a tourist destination to the rest of the world.
Elsewhere in Wales neo-natal services are being cut because the local health board cannot find £4 million – is this the best way to spend £52 million of taxpayers’ money?
The Welsh Conservatives have called on the Welsh Government to make effective use of an extra £161 million in capital spending over the next two years.
As a result of these spending decisions the Welsh Government will benefit from an additional 161 million pounds of capital spending power – bringing the total to 858 million over the spending review period. Detailed discussions are now required on how to put this new money to best use.
– Leader of the Opposition Andrew RT Davies AM
This is a Budget targeted at growth that helps and supports communities across Wales. From fuel duty to income tax, from childcare to capital spending; this is extremely welcome news that provides a stark contrast to Welsh Labour’s tired policies and casino economics.The UK Government’s mortgage announcement will help those working hard to get on the property ladder, while its national insurance plans are a welcome difference to Labour’s flawed plans to tax jobs.
Meanwhile Plaid Cymru’s Treasury spokesperson, Jonathan Edwards MP, has reacted to the Chancellor’s Budget by saying it will bring little benefit to the Welsh economy and is a clear indication that Treasury policies are failing Wales.
– Plaid Cymru Treasury Spokesman Jonathan Edwards MP
It is disappointing that the Chancellor failed to adopt policies advocated by Plaid Cymru such as reversing the tax cut for those earning over £3,000 a week and scrapping the Trident renewal that is set to cost £100 billion. He also failed to make progress on introducing a Financial Transaction (Robin Hood) Tax that would raise £20 billion a year and help curb the speculative behaviour in the financial sector which caused the crash in the first place. The decision to scrap the stamp duty on shares trading is a regressive move as it’s the only thing in the UK currently resembling this tax.
Mr Edwards welcomed the news on childcare support though it won't help those on tax or universal credit. He said that left those on the lowest incomes facing the greatest barriers to meaningful work. He also welcomed the scrapping of the rise in fuel costs and the £10,000 income tax threshold.