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Labour's 'fair future' manifesto pledge for Wales


Labour has promised a "fair for all" future at the launch of its Welsh manifesto in Cardiff

Labour has promised a "fair for all" future at the launch of its Welsh manifesto in Cardiff.

Its pledge for Wales prioritises what it says is fair funding, quality jobs, affordable housing, and a literacy pledge for primary school children.

Welsh Secretary Peter Hain said Labour would "protect the public services we all cherish" and invest in new technology jobs.

Labour is fighting to hold the 29 Welsh seats it won at the 2005 election.

Mr Hain told the launch at the Wales Millennium Centre that if they win the election, the Conservatives would "introduce savage cuts from day one".

He promised a fourth-term Labour government would protect frontline spending on schools, the NHS, and policing.

Today's fair funding guarantee means that, with Labour, Wales will not be disadvantaged in the future
Welsh Secretary Peter Hain

The Welsh secretary said: "We can give a clear commitment that this spend per head will be protected in Wales."

He added that Labour recognised that spending on health, care and other support services should be higher in Wales than in England, because of a history of industrial illness, deprivation and also because of the population's geographic sparsity.

He said their are 50,000 more public sector workers in Wales under Labour, and all the services they provide would be under risk under the Conservatives.

"Today's fair funding guarantee means that, with Labour, Wales will not be disadvantaged in the future," Mr Hain said.

He also pledged the party would deliver another round of maximum European funding for west Wales and the valleys.

Welsh Labour leader Carwyn Jones said the partnership between Westminster and Wales has "brought massive investment to our schools and hospitals".

Under a UK Labour government, he pledged Labour in Wales would maintain free OAP bus passes, winter fuel allowances, tax credits, free prescriptions and free primary school breakfasts.

'Crystal clear'

Mr Jones said that was why the choice at the 6 May poll was "crystal clear".

"It's a choice between hope, prosperity and stability that would be delivered by a Labour government, for all the people of Wales - and the austerity and uncertainty of savage Tory cuts."

Leighton Andrews, Labour's education minister in the Welsh assembly, said they will introduce a national literacy programmed aimed at seven to 11-year-olds.

He said: "We know that improving literacy rates will improve school attendance rates and also helps learners address the challenges that come later on in their school careers."

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