Election 2015 Wales

Election 2015: Jobs 'at risk under Labour' - Hague

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Media captionWilliam Hague was visiting Cardiff North

Improved living standards and jobs' growth would be at risk if voters opt for Labour, former Tory leader William Hague has said on the campaign trial.

Urging people to back his party in the highly-marginal Cardiff North constituency, he said the economy was back on track.

The Conservatives won the seat by fewer than 200 votes over Labour in 2010.

Mr Hague also defended plans he drew up for English-only votes in Westminster, denounced by Labour as a "stitch-up".

He told BBC Wales: "There are 52,000 more jobs in Wales after this period of five years of a Conservative-led government.

"After we've been through this very difficult economic period, at last this year living standards are going to be better than they were five years ago.

"So the message is don't put all that at risk if we go back to the policies that we had before."

'Nobody is excluded'

As Commons Leader, Mr Hague - who has stood down as an MP - drew up plans that would mean legislation only affecting England could only be passed with the consent of English MPs.

He said his proposals also allowed for English and Welsh votes on issues affecting both nations, so "decisive votes are going to be cast by the MPs that represent England or represent Wales".

"Nobody is being excluded from anything," he said.

Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats said it would double the amount of money the Welsh government could borrow from £0.5bn to £1bn.

Labour said the Welsh government is being short changed and UKIP said it would change the formula which sets the Welsh budget.

Plaid Cymru wants an additional £1.2bn directly from Westminster, which would bring Wales into line with Scotland.

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