Wales Election 2016

Welsh Assembly election: Greens vow to 'make history'

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Media captionAlice Hooker-Stroud says Cardiff Bay needs 'strong Green Voices'

The Wales Green Party has vowed to "make history" by winning seats in the Welsh Assembly for the first time.

A fairer economy, vibrant communities and free education for all are among the aims outlined in the party's manifesto.

The Greens promised to build 12,000 affordable homes a year, scrap tuition fees for students studying in Wales and establish a north-south rail link.

Wales leader Alice Hooker-Stroud said the Senedd needed a "shake up".

"The National Assembly for Wales is the last national political body in the UK that doesn't have elected Green voices," she said.

"Strong Green voices in the assembly will hold Welsh Government to account on the social and environmental issues that affect our communities, and create a better future for Wales."

The parties key policies include:

  • providing a minimum of 12,000 new homes each year - at least a third of them social housing
  • creating a 'free universal early education and childcare service from birth to formal schooling'
  • no 'privatisation' of NHS services - emphasising community and social care services more with 'new approaches' to promoting public health and reducing health inequalities
  • meeting all Wales' electricity demand from renewable sources by 2030
  • prioritising public transport funding - setting lower rail fares, backing the South Wales Metro and cancelling the M4 relief road

Some policy details had already emerged from the party, including its stance on tuition fees.

Deputy leader Amelia Womack told BBC Wales' Sunday Politics Wales programme Welsh students studying in Wales would not have to pay tuition fees if her party won power in the assembly election.

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