Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, will this afternoon tell the House of Commons that Mrs Thatcher has left a legacy which will not be celebrated in South Wales, but which will not be forgotten either.
Speaking at a specially convened session of the House of Commons Wayne David will say,
“While there were many people who admired Mrs Thatcher’s strength and resolve, and she had both, there are many others who suffered appallingly because of her ideology and the policies she pursued.”
Mr David will make particular reference to South Wales, the miners’ strike and the aftermath of the strike. Mr David will say, “Like so many of my generation in South Wales the miners’ strike left an indelible mark on me. In our country no opponents should ever be described as the enemy within. But if the hardship of the strike was bad, what happened afterwards was truly awful…in the aftermath of the strike unemployment rocketed and so did economic inactivity.”
Mr David will conclude by saying, “For my constituents, and for many people throughout South Wales, Mrs Thatcher has left a legacy which they will not celebrate, but which they will never forget.”