The Tories have quietly ditched their commitment to the Tidal Lagoon, hoping the people of Swansea won't notice. Only Welsh Labour will fight for it now.
Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon will bring more than 30,000 jobs and much needed investment to Wales and make the UK a world leader in tidal energy.
The Tidal Lagoon embodies a development for the many, not the few - and Tonia is leading the fight in Gower to build it. Whilst the Tories have no mention of the Tidal Lagoon in their manifesto and are dodging questions on it, Welsh Labour has reaffirmed its commitment on page one. Only a strong Labour MP can hold the government to account.
Since the announcement of the Tidal Lagoon last January, nothing has happened. We have been told that the decision has been sitting on the PMs desk for sign off. There are less than three months to ensure the project can start next year. Investment is at risk if there is no decision.
The Tory candidate has let us down. He appears to have little or no influence with his political masters in London who seem happy to drag their heels. The Tory candidate limply says he is 'looking forward' to fighting for the project. Labour candidate Tonia says:
"Rather than look ahead to a fight, the Tory Government should have delivered on their promises by now. They delayed the signing of the £1.3bn City Deal for selfish political reasons and appear to be doing the same with the Tidal Lagoon. The people of Swansea have already been waiting for more than a year for him to act and his credibility is at zero on this issue with the electorate.
"I've read the Hendry Report in detail, and worked on a project with my pupils on the issue of tidal lagoons. Charles Hendry is on record as saying the Government should 'get on with building the Swansea lagoon and get on with it now'. He could not be clearer.
"This is an investment in our children and our grandchildren. This is about employment and opportunities in Gower. It is a lifeline to Wales."