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Welsh Government to up its game says Welsh Conservative Candidate

 

Welsh Conservative Senedd Candidate for the Vale of Glamorgan is calling on the Welsh Labour Government up it’s game in attracting gigafactory investors to foster cutting edge manufacturing jobs in the Vale of Glamorgan and across Wales. 

Last month, Britishvolt announced it had abandoned plans to build the UK's first gigafactory in the Vale of Glamorgan, choosing a coastal site in Northumberland instead.

Britishvolt had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Welsh Government. 

Gigafactories are set to meet growing global demand for renewable transport alternatives.

Britishvolt is so far the only company to announce plans to build a new battery production plant in the UK, though there are approximately 15 large-scale battery cell plants under construction across Europe.

Matt smith said “Britishvolt’s decision is a major blow to the Vale of Glamorgan. Clearly the Welsh Labour Government and the current Vale Labour MS have not tried hard enough. The Vale has now has lost out on an estimated £2.6billion and 8,000 jobs”

After her contribution to the virtual Plenary session Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Energy and Rural Affairs, Janet Finch-Saunders said: 

“Britishvolt signed a memorandum of understanding with this Welsh Government in a bid to build the UK's first large-scale electric vehicle battery factory here in Wales. Instead of fostering this prized investment, this Welsh Labour administration let the battery run flat.  

“In spite of the Vale of Glamorgan site being the initial favourite and the Minister for Economy, Transport, and North Wales, informing us in October that he was in regular calls with Britishvolt, our nation has lost out in the race to become a global hub for the electrified vehicle industry.

“Britishvolt will now be taking its £2.6 billion investment, 3,000 highly skilled jobs and up to 5,000 more in the wider supply chain to Northumberland. For all that it talks up its moves to tackle Climate Change, this Welsh Labour Government’s actions have worked only to stall innovation. How many more opportunities must fizzle out before a change of tact is taken?”

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Last month, Britishvolt announced it had abandoned plans to build the UK's first gigafactory in the Vale of Glamorgan, choosing a coastal site in Northumberland instead.

Britishvolt had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Welsh Government. 

Gigafactories are set to meet growing global demand for renewable transport alternatives.

Britishvolt is so far the only company to announce plans to build a new battery production plant in the UK, though there are approximately 15 large-scale battery cell plants under construction across Europe.

Matt smith said “Britishvolt’s decision is a major blow to the Vale of Glamorgan. Clearly the Welsh Labour Government and the current Vale Labour MS have not tried hard enough. The Vale has now has lost out on an estimated £2.6billion and 8,000 jobs”

After her contribution to the virtual Plenary session Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Energy and Rural Affairs, Janet Finch-Saunders said: 

“Britishvolt signed a memorandum of understanding with this Welsh Government in a bid to build the UK's first large-scale electric vehicle battery factory here in Wales. Instead of fostering this prized investment, this Welsh Labour administration let the battery run flat.  

“In spite of the Vale of Glamorgan site being the initial favourite and the Minister for Economy, Transport, and North Wales, informing us in October that he was in regular calls with Britishvolt, our nation has lost out in the race to become a global hub for the electrified vehicle industry.

“Britishvolt will now be taking its £2.6 billion investment, 3,000 highly skilled jobs and up to 5,000 more in the wider supply chain to Northumberland. For all that it talks up its moves to tackle Climate Change, this Welsh Labour Government’s actions have worked only to stall innovation. How many more opportunities must fizzle out before a change of tact is taken?”

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