The Conservatives have slammed Labour’s plans to offer under-25s free bus travel as undeliverable – but the Welsh Tories proposed virtually the same policy a few months ago.
Jeremy Corbyn has announced that Labour would give under-25s in England free bus travel in areas where local councils bring bus services back into public ownership.
The Conservatives immediately rubbished the policy, with transport minister Nusrat Ghani telling the press that Labour has “no real ability to deliver” it and claiming that Labour is “bribing young people again with yet another empty promise”.
But far from calling the policy undeliverable, the Welsh Conservatives announced virtually the same policy in October last year, offering free bus travel for all 16-24 year olds in Wales.
The party’s Welsh education spokesman Darren Millar AM called the policy “good for young people” and “good for public transport”.
Millar even stated in a Welsh Assembly debate in October that “the reality is that if we’re able to afford this for our older people, we can afford it for our younger people too, surely they’re worth just as much to society as older people”.
The Conservatives now have to explain why a policy of free bus travel for younger people is affordable in Wales but not in England.