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    Dick
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    Welsh government politicians, special advisers, private secretaries and press officers have billed the taxpayer tens of thousands of pounds to fly around the world on more than 30 foreign junkets in the last year. Welsh Labour leader Carwyn Jones blew more than £10,000 chartering a plane for him and his private secretary to France to watch the football last summer. Why are taxpayers paying for this?
    The itinerary of the Welsh cabinet and their flunkies would put globe-trotting A-listers to shame. Expenses documents show Jones spent nearly £50,000 on another two trips to the US, taking in Atlanta, Chicago, New York and Washington DC at a total cost to the taxpayer of £47,992. Economy Secretary Ken Skates and his private secretary also went to the Euro football: they attended matches in Toulouse and Paris over five days, total cost £3,232. How did they manage to spend that much?
    He and an official also went to Chongqing and Shanghai at a cost of £17,842. Health Secretary Vaughan Gething was also accompanied by an official on a trip to Enetbbe, Uganda, charging £16,582, to mark the “10th Anniversary of Wales for Africa“. Environment Secretary Lesley Griffiths and policy official enjoyed sunny Dubai at a cost of £6,563. Who are these people are why are spending our money?
    Welsh politicians have long been on the take and get away with it because no one in the English media cares about what are essentially local stories. At a time when Welsh Labour are breaking their tuition fees promise, their politicians and staff are flying around the world on jollies. How can they justify spending this much on going to watch the football?

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    Rob
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    Appears to be cut n paste from https://order-order.com/2017/07/14/welsh-politicians-spend-thousands-chartering-planes-to-watch-football/ ?

    The Welsh Gov expenses PDF direct link is http://gov.wales/docs/dfm/publications/120717MinisterialCodeinformationen.pdf

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    #134401

    penybrynr
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    One that jumped out at me – Edwina Hart on 17-04-16 Brussels scheduled flight £2257. 3 days later another scheduled flight to Brussels £1787. It would be interesting to know the details, did she stay for 3 days or did she fly out and return twice in three days.

    I wonder how much effort goes into finding the most cost effective way to travel, surely Carwyn Jones can get to Lille (via Glasgow) for less then £10k??

    • This reply was modified 5 months ago by  penybrynr.
    #134403

    Dick
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    If Wrexham .com knew about this why isn’t it in the news section or would it upset thekir Labour buddies?

    • This reply was modified 5 months ago by  Dick.
    #134405
    Rob
    Rob
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    If Wrexham .com knew about this why isn’t it in the news section or would it upset thekir Labour buddies?

    I googled it as it seemed a very articulate and detailed post, and also asked who Skates/Griffiths were – quite an odd question really and out of keeping of usual contributions :)

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