Keir Starmer makes first visit to Wales as Prime Minister

-Credit: (Image: WalesOnline/ Rob Browne)
-Credit: (Image: WalesOnline/ Rob Browne)


Keir Starmer will be in the Welsh Parliament on Monday where he will meet First Minister Vaughan Gething.

The Prime Minister will be in the Senedd as part of his tour of the UK's devolved nations. He was in Scotland and Northern Ireland on Sunday and will be meeting his Labour counterpart in Cardiff on Monday.

A statement from Number 10 said that the new PM and the First Minister "will hold a substantial meeting to discuss the issues where both the UK and Welsh Government can begin immediate close co-operation on to begin the work of change that people have voted for".

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Prime Minister Keir Starmer said: “Wales has enormous untapped potential ready to be unleashed. Working in lockstep with the Welsh Government and Vaughan, my government will place the people and communities of Wales front and centre as we move towards a decade of national renewal.

“That means turning the page on years of economic hardship, towards genuine shared prosperity for working people, so they see and feel real tangible change in their lives.”

There is likely to be a great deal of focus on Mr Starmer's visit. Unlike Scotland and England the Labour vote share went down in Wales in the general election. Labour have run public service in Wales for over two decades and First Minister Vaughan Gething is hanging on to his position by his finger tips after losing a vote of no confidence in the Senedd following the donations scandal.

Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer has just come back from Scotland where he said he discussed a "constructive" working relationship on the economy, energy and future of the Grangemouth refinery in his first official visit with Scotland's First Minister John Swinney.

Sir Keir travelled to Edinburgh as his part of his first tour of the four UK nations since taking on the top job on Friday. Speaking after his meeting with Mr Swinney at Bute House, the Prime Minister said he aimed to "make good" on his campaign commitment to "reset" the relationship between the Scottish and UK Governments.

He told broadcasters the economy and energy were high on the agenda as the two leaders met but accepted there were "clearly differences of opinion" on the constitutional issue of Scottish independence.

But Sir Keir said: "The point of this meeting was to reset the relationship in a respectful way, in a constructive way, and to recognise that on the economy, energy and very pressingly on Grangemouth, there is room for us to have a constructive way of delivering for very many people across Scotland."