- Ken Skates has “done his best to kill a visionary private sector investment”
- Mr Hamilton criticised the Welsh Government for having an “anti-enterprise culture [which] has failed the valleys”
- UKIP Group Leader will “…present him with a white stick to symbolise his lack of vision.”
Neil Hamilton, UKIP’s Group Leader in the National Assembly for Wales has attacked Cabinet Secretary Ken Skates over a leaked report, which suggests that the cabinet secretary underplayed the number of jobs the project would create.
The leaked report, by consultants Regeneris and commissioned by the Welsh Government stated that up to 3,300 direct jobs could be created and another 4,630 jobs would have been created during the construction phase. This comes in stark contrast to the 1,100 jobs cited by the Welsh Government when the decision was made to pull the plug.
Mr Hamilton commented:
“The Welsh Government's anti-enterprise culture has failed the Valleys. Ken Skates should be impeached for doing his best to kill a visionary private sector investment which would give real hope to the northern valleys for the first time in a century.
“After 20 years of Labour government in Cardiff, Wales is the poorest part of the UK. £300 million of private sector investment in a world-class automotive project would be a shot in the arm. Instead, Ken Skates is going to spend £100 million of taxpayers' money on a collection of empty sheds with no takers. Next time I see him, I will present him with a white stick to symbolise his lack of vision.”