A CONSERVATIVE Senedd Member has called Welsh Labour "nasty" and accused it of "blocking" children from receiving a book to celebrate the Queen's platinum jubilee.

Schools in Wales will have to request copies of a special book commissioned by the UK Government to celebrate the royal landmark. 

But Natasha Asghar, the Tory MS for South East Wales, has claimed youngsters are being "spitefully blocked" from receiving the book.

She wrote, on Twitter: "How sad that @WelshGovernment is spitefully blocking giving school children in Wales a book to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee. Welsh Labour is the true nasty party."

 

This year marks the 70th since the Queen became the head of state and in February the UK Government announced it would send a "commemorative book" on her reign to schoolchildren across the UK, at a cost of almost £12 million. 

But it has been reported today, by Wales Online, that ministers in Whitehall are at a loss to understand why their counterparts in Cardiff Bay are refusing to distribute the book. 

Instead Welsh schools will have to opt in to receive a copy, and the Welsh Government has agreed to make schools aware of the arrangements so they can order the books if they wish. 

Education and culture are devolved to the Senedd but the UK Government’s Department for Education awarded a contract to London-based DK Books which includes producing 211,000 bilingual copies of the book, to be distributed to children at just under 3,000 schools and educational establishments in Wales. 

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According to today’s report Whitehall doesn’t understand Welsh Government objections to distributing the book while Cardiff is said to have judged it “too Anglocentric” and of failing to reflect the devolved nature of UK governance. 

A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “The Department for Education in England is producing the Platinum Jubilee book, which we understand the DfE plan to issue in September. The Welsh Government has no role in the production or distribution of the book. 

“Education is a devolved matter. We have been clear that the book should be available in Welsh and English and schools only receive the book on an opt-in basis.”   

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