I was lucky enough to be called to speak at Labour Party conference in Manchester. I spoke about poverty in rural and coastal communities: the effects of the bedroom tax in villages where there was no other accommodation to move to; cuts to rural bus services making a trip to the local doctors surgery or to the job centre to ensure you weren’t sanctioned an event that took most of the day. I also said that I was proud of the difference our Welsh Labour Government had been able to make: when I was asked by sixth formers at a local school why they should be interested in politics I was able to reply that politics had delivered them a continuing Educational Maintenance Allowance and significantly reduced tuition fees if they went to University. But we needed a Labour government across the UK to make that difference in all aspects of our lives.
Speaking to Labour Party conference – September 2014