Plaid Cymru AM for Mid and West Wales Simon Thomas has attacked Welsh Labour for their hypocrisy and divisive politics in Carmarthenshire. This follows the Plaid-led Carmarthenshire Council’s decision to move ahead with plans to change Llangennech School to a welsh medium school.
Simon Thomas AM raised the issue with the First Minister on the floor of the Senedd Chamber as they discussed the future of S4C and the welsh language in Carmarthenshire.
Plaid Cymru Mid and West AM Simon Thomas added:
“I’m surprised the First Minister devalues the process to strengthen the provision for Welsh medium education in Carmarthenshire with the decision to move ahead following consultation for changes at Llangennech. The First Minister is showing a complete lack of leadership when it comes to this issue and passing the buck for decision making to the council. It is the Labour Government’s target in Wales to reach the number of Welsh speakers to one million by 2050. The council is implementing this decision to reach that goal.
“The majority of the Labour group in Carmarthenshire is flip flopping over the issue of increasing the number of opportunities for Welsh medium places in our schools. It is only three years ago when the Labour led council backed a language strategy to work with staff and governors to move schools from two streams to Welsh medium schools.
"Labour in Carmarthenshire are bitterly split with some Labour councillors continuing to back their previous strategy and supporting the changes in Llangennech in the council chamber. It saddens me that Labour is creating a division in a community for purely political gain, and now UKIP are climbing on the bandwagon.
“The people of Carmarthenshire can reject this politics of division in May and I hope that they register to vote and come out to send a clear message we want a new style of politics. Educational standards in both languages are paramount moving forward. Where we are in power educational standards have risen consistently and after May if re-elected we will ensure we provide every child with high quality education.”