Ron Davies, Plaid’s Assembly candidate in Caerphilly, has hit back at Labour MP Wayne David claiming a recent blog post on Caerphilly Observer questioned his integrity.
Mr Davies said: “Wayne David is a relative newcomer to our Valley and even though his views count for little he should try a little harder to be more historically aware.
“It was when I was Secretary of State that I negotiated to get the Treasury, the National Office for Statistics and Euro-stat to accept the basis of our claim that GDP in West Wales and the Valleys was below the 75 % threshold necessary for Objective 1. Once that was accepted we qualified and were entitled to receive our proportionate share. It was left to Tony Blair to agree the amounts which European rules had determined we would get.
“Similarly as an Assembly Member in 1999-00, I initiated and chaired the meetings between the then Health Authority and Trust and secured agreement for the new hospital and that the business case would be made. I secured the agreement of the Welsh Assembly Government that should the business case be proven (as it has been) then the project would proceed. All fact. The MP is wrong about the dates. The campaign has been going on for over 40 years and I have been part of it for much of that time.
“In 1999 as Secretary of State I required the then Welsh Development Agency to construct the land form in the Bargoed reclamation scheme to provide for the by pass. His own Labour Councillor Colleague David Carter from Bargoed has publicly acknowledged this on many occasions. In 2001-02 I secured the financial commitment for the by pass at Bargoed. During the last three years I have led the negotiations with the developers and WAG to ensure the regeneration proceeds, and secured the funding commitments from the Cabinet to allow this to happen. This includes incidentally the second phase which will complete the transformation.
“I freely acknowledge that many others have been involved in all these projects but I can say, hand on heart that I am unaware of anything done to help by Messrs David and Cuthbert. All they have done is to seek to turn these developments, on which we should all be united, into party political points scoring at every opportunity.”