Plaid Cymru caught lying about Labour’s planned investment in Wales

Plaid lies: the claim is only out by £68 billion, using the same methodology as Scottish Labour used.

The so-called ‘party of Wales’ has reduced itself to lying about the election, it has been revealed.

The claim that Labour is planning to invest no extra money in Wales is clearly nonsense, as the country will obviously gain more as part of national funding increases.

But here’s Dinah Mulholland, Labour’s candidate in Ceredigion, to explain why Plaid’s representatives are lying [boldings mine]:

“Plaid and some media outlets are claiming that Wales will not get any uplift in funding from Labour, and are making negative comparisons with Labour’s apparent uplift of funding in Scotland.

“However, Labour has committed to an additional £3.4bn of annual funding for Wales. This figure is the Barnett consequential of the devolved areas of the UK manifesto and would have an annual uplift.”

(For those who don’t know, the Barnett formula is the method by which the amount of funding applied to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland changes to reflect changes in spending levels allocated to public services in England, England and Wales, or Great Britain, as appropriate.)

“In Scotland the equivalent is £5bn, in Northern Ireland it is £1.9bn.

“Scottish Labour are talking about £100bn over ten years. To get to this figure, they have taken the £5bn Barnett consequential, estimated the additional infrastructure investment through the Transformational Fund and National Investment Bank at another £5bn. They have then added the two and multiplied by 10 (ten years of a UK Labour Govt) to get £100bn. We would expect to receive substantial investment in Wales through the £400bn Transformation Fund and the £250bn National Investment Bank,

“I have been advised to not commit to a 10 year headline figure in Wales. But if we were to take the same formula as Scottish Labour WALES WOULD GET £68BN.

“Plaid’s mendacity never fails to astound me.”

The person who shared this with This Writer added:

Tip for Plaid Cymru – if you want to quote figures with any credibility, you have to measure like with like.

Tip for anyone with their own brain (Plaid must assume you don’t), look it up for yourself: https://labour.org.uk/manifesto/

Fair point. I think Plaid can kiss its credibility goodbye. But then, here in Brecon and Radnorshire, Plaid did that by throwing in its lot with the Liberal Democrats.

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