Assembly Reform Press Release 09022018
UKIP Assembly Member for South Wales Central, Gareth Bennett, has hit out at plans to expand the number of Members in the National Assembly for Wales.
On Wednesday, the Assembly Commission announced plans to consult members of the Welsh public on proposals to increase the number of Members from the current 60, to 80 or possibly even 90, at an eye watering cost of £12 Million for the first year alone, according to a report “A Parliament that Works for Wales”.
Speaking after a hard hitting UKIP Opposition Day debate, Gareth said ”UKIP is the only Party in Wales committed to challenging the cosy Cardiff Bay establishment. We will fight these changes and demand that any proposed expansion can only go ahead after the Welsh people have had a say by way of a referendum.”
A consultation is due to open next week and UKIP Wales is calling on supporters to rally against the Cardiff Bay bubble. Gareth said “The last thing Wales needs is yet more politicians. Our schools and hospitals are failing and the money could be better spent on improving services for ordinary Welsh people, not on an already bloated Assembly Establishment.”
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