UNISON Cymru/Wales Labour Link Political Forum 2024

UNISON Cymru/Wales Labour Link held its annual Political Forum over the weekend where UNISON priorities for the year ahead were discussed. Topics included Labour’s New Deal for Workers, the NHS, Local Government funding, the 20mph policy & education.

First Minister Mark Drakeford, in what will be his last appearance at the UNISON Forum, spoke to delegates and took questions afterwards.

First Minister Mark Drakeford

Other guest speakers included:

  • Minster for The Economy Vaughan Gething MS. Mr Gething has been nominated by UNISON Cymru/Wales Labour Link Committee to be the next leader of Welsh Labour.
Vaughan Gething MS, UNISON Cymru Wales Labour Link committee’s nominee to be the next leader of Welsh Labour. See here with the current and past UNISON convenors Jan Tomlinson and Dave Rees.
  • Minister for Education & The Welsh Language Jeremy Miles MS
  • Deputy Minister for Social Partnership & Procurement Hannah Blythyn MS
  • Secretary of the UNISON Senedd Group Hefin David MS

Cymru/Wales Labour Link Officer Steve Belcher, said,

“2024 will be a momentous year for politics both in Cymru/Wales and the wider UK. We have an election to determine who will lead Welsh Labour and then a crucial General Election to come.

“This Forum was an opportunity for UNISON Labour Link political activists to come together, exchange views, agree priorities and prepare. The seniority of our guest speakers illustrates the importance of the trade unions and our historical links to the Labour Party. There will be challenges ahead but we look forward to taking our political message into the heart of Government both in Cardiff Bay and in Westminster.”