The Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Climate Change and Rural Affairs Simon Thomas AM has co-signed a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May showing the Welsh Assembly’s strong support for the £1.3bn Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.

The letter to Theresa May is signed by 43 of the 60 AMs and states:

"Our collective interest as politicians is in a brighter future for Wales and though we may not always agree on how to get there, we are wholly united on this matter.

"We offer you our clear support for a positive decision at the earliest opportunity for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon to proceed, and to be the pathfinder for future success for Wales and the UK as a global leader in tidal lagoon technology and renewable energy."

The UK government has said it is focused on ensuring affordable, secure, low-carbon energy and will make its decision "in the best interests of the UK energy in the long term".

Simon Thomas AM, who co-wrote and signed the letter in his capacity as chair of the Finance Committee said:

“It’s great to receive cross-party support on the floor of the Senedd regarding this important pathfinder project. This is our opportunity in Wales and the Swansea City Region to become global leaders in the renewable energy industry.

“I hope that the Prime Minister and the Conservative Government listen to views of the people of Wales and ensure that this important and transformational project gets the go ahead and our region can lead the way to a brighter and cleaner Wales.”



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