Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn pledges support for Swansea Tidal Lagoon as part of green revolution

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn pledged a green industrial revolution with plans to revive the Swansea Tidal lagoon project and create green jobs in Wales if they win the next general election.

Mr Corbyn will be in Wales on Friday visiting the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth to hear about practical solutions which could help reduce the UK’s carbon emissions. Ahead of his visit, he reiterated plans announced on visits to regions of England, to tackle climate change and bring the National Grid into public ownership.

The next Labour government will turn the Tories failed approach on its head with a Green Industrial Revolution to tackle the climate emergency, create hundreds of thousands of good green jobs in every region and nation of our country and save millions of households money on their bills.

From the mass installation of solar panels, insulating homes, building of the Swansea Tidal Lagoon, expanding solar and wind energy and bringing the National Grid into public ownership, Labour’s Green Industrial Revolution will benefit working class people by cutting energy bills, creating good jobs in new, green industries and fighting the climate emergency.


Mr Corbyn says a Labour-led Westminster government would follow the example of the Welsh Government in calling a climate emergency and if it wins power in the next general election leading a green industrial revolution would be central to the party’s plans.

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The opposition leader’s visit to Wales comes at the end of a week where he wrote to fellow party leaders saying he would table a vote of no confidence in Boris Johnson’s government at the earliest opportunity and asking for their support for him to lead a temporary ‘unity government’.

Plaid Cymru’s Westminster leader Liz Saville Roberts MP said she welcomed Mr Corbyn’s actions in reaching out to other parties, but questioned his party’s ability to work with other parties.

We are very much open to the idea of a Unity Government. It doesn’t matter who leads it, but its number one priority must be stopping Brexit – that means extending Article 50, delivering a referendum and cancelling Brexit.

It’s extremely disappointing, therefore, that Mr Corbyn cannot bring himself to take the best possible pro-European option – a referendum first, followed by a General Election.

His approach seems to be driven by the fact that Labour know their current frontbench cannot command the confidence of the House of Commons. If it was truly a pro-European party that puts the countries of the UK ahead of party it would not concern itself with such personality politics.

If necessary, Mr Corbyn should step aside to ensure a referendum is delivered. It’s not about who, but about how we stop Brexit.


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