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Monday, July 6, 2015

Skates to write Labour's 2016 manifesto

Clwyd South AM Ken Skates said he was ‘honoured’ to be chosen to write the Welsh Labour manifesto for next year’s Assembly election.

First Minister Carwyn Jones asked the Wrexham-born Assembly Member to pen the party’s
pitch for May 2016 – and Mr Skates wants the public to help.

The pair will tour the country over the next few months asking people what they want to see and asking for help to shape the Wales of tomorrow.

Mr Skates said the manifesto would ‘bear the fingerprints and contain the hopes of three
million people’ from all parts of the country.

He added: “I’m both honoured and humbled to have been asked to write next year’s Welsh
Labour manifesto. It will be the boldest and most positive that any party has presented since
devolution, because it will contain the very best ideas from across the country.

“I am determined to present a visionary manifesto next year for Clwyd South, for North
Wales and for the whole of the country.  I intend to do so by calling on the creativity, ideas,
innovation and ambitions of people in every community and by travelling the length of
breadth of Wales to listen to as many as possible.”

Mr Skates will start his nationwide tour with an event in North East Wales later this month,
with details to be announced soon.

He said: “I have trust and confidence in the values of the people of Wales being the same as
those of Welsh Labour.  I want those values to underpin our future, so they should also flow
through the veins of my party's manifesto next year.

“This is an unprecedented opportunity for us in North Wales to influence the Wales we
want. It's an opportunity I hope people will embrace.”

Mr Skates was elected as AM for Clwyd South with 42.4% of the vote in May 2011, following
in the footsteps of Karen Sinclair as the constituency's representative in the Assembly. He is
now the Welsh Government’s deputy minister for culture, sport and tourism.

In December he won the ‘Member to Watch’ award  at the Politician of the Year event in
Cardiff after steering the Welsh Government's  hugely successful youth employment scheme
Jobs Growth Wales and overseeing Europe’s most ambitious broadband scheme, Superfast
Cymru, in his previous role as deputy minister for skills and technology.

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