Unite general secretary campaigns for Labour in the Principality

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, Unite,
Cardiff Central Labour candidate Jo Stevens with some of her supporters

Cardiff Central Labour candidate Jo Stevens with some of her supporters

Len McCluskey is today in Wales for a two-day election tour aimed at ‘sending the Tories packing’.

With 23 days to go until the general election, the Unite general secretary is urging the people of the nation to turn out for Labour on 7 May.

The tour will include a visit to the target seat of Cardiff Central where Labour wants to topple the Liberal Democrats and the E-Cycle centre, formerly Remploy, at Tonypandy which was set up with Welsh government support after the coalition pulled the plug on Remploy across the UK throwing disabled workers onto the scrapheap.

In an effort to speak to as many Welsh voters as possible, Len McCluskey will join with shadow Welsh secretary Owen Smith to call upon the Welsh people to ‘drive the Tories and Ukip from your great country with the sound of their thumping defeat and your calls for hope and equality ringing in their ears.’

He will say that Tory assaults on the government of Wales have been without foundation and repugnant – but have backfired massively by exposing the Tories as a party with no care or feel for the Welsh people.

Len McCluskey will say: “David Cameron hear this now – your attacks on the NHS in Wales are an attack on our NHS across these lands, on every NHS employee who works tirelessly to care for people in need, on every man, woman and child for whom our NHS is the best and most decent thing about our country.

“Hear this too, we are sending you notice – pack up your smears, fears and attacks on our people because you are not wanted in Wales.”

Unite Wales secretary Andy Richards said: “This is a general election of a generation where much is stake for our workplaces, our communities and, indeed, for Wales.

“We look forward to taking the general secretary to E-Cycle where we can witness first-hand the difference a government with the interests of working people at its core can make – the Conservative-led coalition was content to put Remploy workers on the scrapheap, whilst the Welsh Labour government did what they could to step in and support disabled workers.

“We need a Labour government across the UK to get the social and economic change our members want, need and deserve.”


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Tim Lezard

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