Wales politics

Plans to double funding for poorest pupils unveiled

Kirsty Williams
Image caption Kirsty Williams - the only Lib Dem AM - is education secretary in an otherwise all-Labour Welsh cabinet

Plans to double funding for Wales' poorest pupils have been announced at the Liberal Democrat party conference.

Education Secretary Kirsty Williams wants to increase the Welsh Pupil Premium from £300 to £600 per eligible child to help raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.

Ms Williams is the sole Liberal Democrat in a coalition with Labour.

Meanwhile, Welsh party leader Mark Williams said parties should work together against the Tories.

Ahead of Sunday's speeches in Brighton, the party's sole Welsh MP and leader in the country, Ceredigion's Mark Williams, defended Ms Williams' decision to join the Welsh Labour cabinet in May.

The Ceredigion MP told Sunday Politics Wales the Brecon and Radnorshire AM was taking Liberal Democrat "themes and priorities" into government "very effectively" as education secretary.

He also urged opposition parties to work together against the Tories, saying there was a case for "progressive politicians" to talk about "issues of common interest".

Image caption Mark Williams became Welsh Liberal Democrat leader in May

He was left as the only Welsh Liberal Democrat MP after the party's disastrous 2015 general election, with Ms Williams its sole AM after a 2016 assembly poll he said was "arguably worse".

"At this point in time, with boundary changes which massively support and encourage the Conservative Party electorally in the future, I think there is a case for politicians to be talking," he said.

"What I would loosely describe as progressive politicians to be talking about issues of common interest."

Mr Williams said politicians had campaigned across party lines for a Remain vote in June's EU referendum, albeit unsuccessfully.

"There was a positive in the referendum, even for those of us that lost it, in that progressive politicians were working together on a really important issue," he said.

"And I think that dialogue should be extended on other areas of policies as well - otherwise we have the spectre of Conservatism in power in Westminster for a very long time."

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