Wales politics

Alun Cairns makes first official visit as Welsh secretary

Alun Cairns

Vale of Glamorgan MP Alun Cairns has made his first official visit as the newly appointed Welsh secretary.

Mr Cairns replaced Stephen Crabb as secretary of state for Wales earlier this month.

On a visit to Swansea he spoke in support of the drive to secure a second city deal bid for Wales after Cardiff Capital Region secured £1.2bn.

He said the UK government recognised the potential the Swansea Bay city region has.

City deals are a way of different levels of government financing big infrastructure projects and regeneration over long periods of time.

Speaking ahead of the visit, Mr Cairns said: "We are looking forward to seeing the discussions unfold and build towards creating a deal which could transform the fortunes of the entire south west Wales region."

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