Andrew RT Davies is Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Welsh Assembly. Follow Andrew on Twitter.
Welsh Conservatives are today gathering in Swansea for the Welsh party conference, a city where things are happening.
The recent electrification announcement was the biggest rail infrastructure investment in Wales in 150 years. Journey times to London’s Paddington Station will be cut by over 20 minutes and South Wales and the Valleys will have investment fit for the 21st Century. A superb achievement by colleagues in Westminster.
Swansea is also a city in sporting celebration. Just a few weeks ago, Swansea City won the League Cup and continue to play in the highest league in the world. But as the party gathers in Swansea’s Liberty Stadium – the first party ever to do so – we meet at a time of great challenge for the party and for the country. Wales remains the poorest region of the UK. Our health and education systems continue to decline at the hands of a tired, lazy Labour Government who think they have a divine right to rule.
The challenges are there, the focus of the Welsh Conservatives must surely be to offer the alternative. Change is never an easy aspiration, but we are ready for the fight and we’re taking the fight to Labour. My conference speech is about families, it’s about a real plan for the Welsh economy and about a real challenge for our party.