On Monday night, Fay Jones, Conservative MP for Brecon & Radnorshire, voted against two key amendments to the UK Government’s Trade Bill.
The first amendment would have protected “a comprehensive publicly funded health service free at the point of delivery.”. The second would have prevented sub-standard agricultural imports undercutting British farmers and ensured that current animal health, welfare, hygiene, and traceability standards remained.
As well as guaranteeing a continued commitment to publicly funded health services, the proposed clause on the NHS would have ensured that any UK-US trade deal could not reduce the current minimum employment rights for health and social care workers, deregulate the cost of drugs and medical equipment, or allow the unregulated sale of UK patient’s personal health data.
With these votes, Fay Jones has once again turned her back on Brecon & Radnorshire’s farmers and the meat industry, having voted down similar amendments to the Government’s Agriculture Bill earlier this year.
Kirsty Williams, Welsh Liberal Democrat Member of the Senedd for Brecon & Radnorshire, said:
“Every Liberal Democrat MP voted to protect our beef, pork and hill-sheep farmers and will continue to fight their corner.
“Meanwhile, the MP for Brecon & Radnorshire continues to consistently and slavishly vote against the interests of our farming communities.”
Jane Dodds, Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader, added:
“We have all seen the personal sacrifices and contributions that our brave NHS and social care workers have made to help save lives during this terrible pandemic.
“MPs need to do more than just ‘Clap for Carers’, they need to protect and improve the working conditions, employment rights, and pay of our healthcare staff. I am incredibly disappointed that, when given an explicit opportunity to do so, our MP failed to do this.
“Warm words are meaningless unless they are backed up by real action and, so far, we’ve seen no sign she will ever do anything other than meekly follow her party’s line.”