We put your questions to Sajid Javid to see if he could give a straight answer

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Chancellor Sajid Javid was in Cardiff on Tuesday as part of the Conservative party’s election campaign.

He visited Tutis Energy in Pontprennau and met with Cardiff North candidate Mo Ali.

We asked you what you wanted the senior Conservative politician to answer, and we put your questions to him.

We’ll leave you to decide whether you think Mr Javid answered them.

“Is it embarrassing when they tell a barefaced lie, get hit with facts that prove they’re lying, and then they have to continue to lie?”

Asked by Hannah Lewis, via Twitter

Mr Javid replied: “It is horrible when Labour do that, they’ve been spreading really vicious lies.”

When pushed about his own party, he replied: “We haven’t. One of the reasons we’re having this election, we’re having to have this because of the paralysis of Parliament. Why has it been paralysed especially on the big issue of the day Brexit. It’s because there are so many Parliamentarians who have deliberately misled the British people”.

Asked if he contests Hannah’s point that there have been lies within the Conservative Party, Mr Javid replied: “I absolutely contest that”.



Sajid Javid with Mo Ali, Conservative candidate for Cardiff North

“Is he and his government happy with the amount of families relying on food banks just to survive? This is 2019 not 1930! You would have thought things would have improved for the poor in the UK by now.”

Asked by Mandy Morgan, via Twitter

“I’d only be happy when no-one in our country needs to use a foodbank. No politician of any party comes into public service wanting anyone to use a foodbank.”

He said his party’s aim is to “lift people out of poverty” and ensure “everyone can earn a decent income”.

Mr Javid said in Wales there have been “hundreds of thousands of jobs created”.

Asked to explain food bank use rising in the nine years of his Government, Mr Javid said: “We’ve got to keep trying to combat poverty in every way. There’s no shortcut to that, the way to do it is to keep the economy strong, that’s one of the critical choices at this election, we will keep it that way but the Labour choice with the most anti-business and anti enterprise manifesto this country has ever seen there will be a certain economic crisis”.

Asked if food bank use will go down under a Conservative Government, he said: “Poverty has fallen in absolute terms by 400,000 since we’ve been in term, I want to see it fall even further but the way to do it is sustainably.”

When asked about the people using food banks today, Mr Javid said: “I don’t want to see anybody use a food bank. The way we can help most is to keep the economy growing”.

“How is peddling a fake news agenda a positive in 2019? Using fake websites claiming to be Labour ones etc is hugely damaging and aims to con the general public”

Jamie Hibbard, via Twitter

“Well if anyone has used fake website claiming to be Labour ones, I’m not aware of it”.

Two stories were then highlighted to Mr Javid – CCHQ rebranding its Twitter page and a website published on the day of the Labour manifesto launch. “First of all, the question, fake news is wrong in every single way”.

Asked why his party were therefore taking part in it, he replied: “We’re not. I don’t agree with the proposition at all. I think it’s good to be out there campaigning but particularly correcting Labour misinformation. Labour is lying every day in this campaign.”

Asked if his party was doing the exact same, he responded: “I think there’s a fall in people’s faith of politicians generally, and we’re the ones who are trying to end it”.

“Why should we vote for more austerity and wage decline?”

Daniel Howells, via Facebook

“That’s what you’ll get with Labour. That’s eventually what you’ll get, you’ll get an economic crisis that means we won’t be able to fund and support the public services we all rely on.”

Are you saying your party won’t do those things? Mr Javid replied: “Because of the recovery our economy has made in the last nine years, we’ve had this decade of recovery, now we can look forward to a decade of renewal. I’ve already said that as chancellor, public spending will be rising”.

 

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“The Conservatives have been in power for almost a decade – do you think people’s lives have improved in that time?”

@welshboymick via Twitter

“Yes, absolutely, and if Michael, @welshboymick, wants me to point him to a few indicators I would say let’s celebrate there are more people in employment than ever before, more women in employment than ever before, more people from minotires.

“And let’s celebrate our economy at the lowest unemployment rate in 44 years, that wages are rising faster than inflation.

“None of that happens by accident. It happens when you’ve got a Government which is on the side of working people.”

“How can he represent a party that plainly hates ethnic minorities, immigrants and ordinary people?”

Jeremy Bolwell, via Facebook
 

“There’s only one party in this election that has a problem with people because of their race and religion and that’s Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour. It’s not Labour in general in the past.

“Labour has been one of our parties which along with the Conservatives has fought discrimination in the past, but something changed with Jeremy Corbyn.

“Jeremy Corbyn has a problem with anything Jewish about them, he has serious problems with them.

“Imagine what we would look like if we elected someone like Jeremy Corbyn and installed him in Number 10 when he has a problem with Jewish people. This is 2019 for goodness sake.

“When is the investigation into the endemic bigotry, xenophobia, religious intolerance, and racism, that, according to one of their own MPs, goes all through the Party, from the top down, going to happen?”

Mark Hunt, via Twitter

“We have as a party always been clear that any kind of prejudice against any kind of people based on their race, religion, gender whatever it is, is completely unacceptable. Whenever we’ve found anything like that, we’ve taken firm actionl. Like any political party, we can always do more”.

Asked when, he said: “As soon as this election is over,”. When asked whether that was on day one, he replied: “This year”.

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And a question from us.

“We haven’t had a Prime Ministerial visit to South Wales despite there being marginal seats, there’s no Secretary of State for Wales, no leader of the campaign in Wales, the manifesto generally focused on non-devolved issues, and the Welsh section included an M4 relief road which you have no power to compel the Welsh Government to do. Is this all evidence that the Conservatives don’t care about Wales?”

Mr Javid replied: “The Conservatives couldn’t care more about Wales.

“We’ve got fantastic candidates all over Wales,” he said.

“In both our manifestos, both the national one and the Welsh manifesto there is a solid commitment to Wales”.

When put to Mr Javid that there will be a Barnett consequential of money but the Welsh Government will determine how it’s spent, he said: “On the Welsh Government, you’re right that key public services like NHS and schools for example, that’s devolved but Welsh Labour Government has let down the Welsh people.”

He said there has been a funding cut to the Welsh NHS. “Yhey chose to do that so they could support that politically ideological pet projects elsewhere”, he said.

On Pisa results, Mr Javid said: “Wales is at the bottom of that league table and that’s a direct result of the Welsh Labour Government which has stolen the opportunities of Welsh children”.

Mr Javid said the Labour position of Brexit will lead to “two referendums”.

On the M4 relief road, he said “let’s wait and see what we can do”.

“If we can get a majority in Westminster, then we have already allocated the funding and made it available. They refused to do what the Welsh people wanted”.

It was pointed out to Mr Javid that the relief road was not a universally welcomed decision, but he responded “that having one would be an incredible asset”.



Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid on a visit to Tutis Energy at Deryn Court, Pontprennau

Why with a majority would you be able to force them and get a different answer?

“We will look at what we can do.”

What for example?

“We’ll look at all options, we’ll leave no option off the table”

So there isn’t a strategy in place?

“We will look at all options on the table”

There isn’t a strategy in place right now for that relief road?

“We’re not going to reveal strategies now.”



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