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Wood wants law to make Welsh Govt invest in all of Wales

A new law that would force the Welsh Government to "fairly share public investment" across Wales is one of a series of proposals being launched by Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood.

Leanne Wood will make a speech setting out her ideas. Credit: PA images

She'll say in a speech that it's not an attack on the capital city because the poorest parts of Cardiff would benefit, as well as the former industrial communities that tend to be the worst off places in Wales.

Plaid Cymru have been highly critical of the Welsh Government's plans for a new motorway south of Newport, which the party sees a a £1 billion investment in one part of Wales. But in her speech, Leanne Wood will make a broader point about spreading power and responsibility to all communities.

I want people throughout this country to consider how we can lift up our country by taking responsibility for our own affairs and our own lives, and on how we can start a debate in Wales about ending our dependence on others.

I have analysed the challenges facing our country: challenges from within the UK, challenges that follow the Brexit vote, not least the risk an extreme Tory Brexit poses to Welsh jobs and services, as well as the challenges we face from global developments.

“Decisions about Wales should be made in Wales. Self-determination means that we should choose which powers we want to share with other countries or with Europe.

“Both visions offered by the two largest Westminster parties marginalise our specific needs as a nation.

“We need to get out there and show people how the core weakness of Labour’s paternalistic, centralising socialism is its democratic deficit. It will neither enable people to own their own resources nor run them democratically. It won’t empower people because it doesn’t trust people.

“We should look at locating new institutions outside where they are concentrated already, as Plaid Cymru has advocated for the new transport authority, football museum, national development bank, and other bodies.

“It means ensuring that those parts of Cardiff as well as our former industrialised communities which are amongst the poorest areas of the country, can benefit from a sustainable regional approach to economic development.

“This is about levelling up, and treating geographic inequality as a problem to be tackled in the same way as other inequalities.

“For my party, it means we would legislate to ensure that legal safeguards were in place to fairly share public investment across the country, leaving no community behind.

“I also want to see a minimum set of social rights for all, such as to life-long learning, a decent home, a high standard of health care and a clean environment.

– Plaid Cymru LeaderLeanne Wood AM

After her speech, Leanne Wood will set out her ideas in a pamphlet, as well as embarking on a speaking tour of Wales. She says she will offer a "radical agenda" to give people a greater say over what most affects them and their communities.