PM fails to re-assure Plaid over EU regional aid


As I write, the prime minister is answering questions from MPs on all matters European.

Plaid Cymru's Elfyn Llwyd used the opportunity to seek re-assurance that the EU's regional aid budget - which has sent vast sums into the poorest parts of Wales - wouldn't be cut.

If Mr Llwyd was hoping for re-assurance, he may leave the Commons a disappointed man.

David Cameron told him: "There is a need for some cutbacks in the overall cohesion and structural funds budget of the European union given the fiscal constraints that the net contributors are operating under.

"I also think we should be frank and honest as a country in saying that yes, of course there are regions of the UK that still benefit and should go on benefiting from structural funds, but on the whole structural funds should be for the poorest regions and the poorest countries and actually Britain's negotiating position is different to many other countries in that we don't go to Brussels and simply try and defend every penny that we receive.

"We try and seek an outcome that is right for the whole of the European Union and you can't argue forever for restraining a budget if you want to keep hold of structural funds for countries that are better off than most."

I suspect Plaid Cymru, and others, may return to this subject.

David Cornock, Parliamentary correspondent, Wales Article written by David Cornock David Cornock Parliamentary correspondent, Wales

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    Comment number 3.

    David Cameron doesn't appear to understand that Wales qualifies for EU structural funding precisely because it IS, along with Portugal, the poorest country in Western Europe. This is the man who said, at his party's conference, that he was "Prime Minister of England, Scotland (!), Wales (!) and Northern Ireland". Clearly, the electorate in each country have different ideas. Just check the results.

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    Comment number 15.

    typical welsh political stance-begging bowl held out!

    what a shambles we are as a nation.

    one step forward and then a mile back.

    plaid and labour-the handout party

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    Comment number 21.

    #20 'Guess who's side my family were on in 1984 and they now have a statue of Maggie in Westminister.

    More importantly, whose side were your family on in 1939, and what did they do about it ??

    As regards statues, the English are a funny lot. They have statues of Oliver Cromwell and Charles 1st.

    If your parents came over from Ireland, you are using the word 'native' in an eccentric way.

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    Comment number 19.

    #18 Yes Woodsey. I know of Oswald Mosely. Guess which side my London docker ancestors were on.
    But only one of us is using talk of defending 'the native population' and it isn't me.
    Statistics never won an argument' Only amongst rational people. Ever met a medical statistician who didn't believe that smoking caused lung cancer ??
    Are non-Welsh speakers natives ?? In your opinion ??

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    Comment number 24.


    Why are you giving me a history of Ireland? Its very condescending of you to think that I don't know all these things. Funnily enough some English nationalists don't like minority groups and supported Fascism so which side was freedom


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