Monday, July 26

The new Leonese PP changes its strategy and bets on a “useful Leonism” integrated in Castilla y León

The Popular Party of León that Javier Santiago Vélez will lead as of this Sunday declares himself a Leonese. In its political presentation assures that “before evaluating, as necessary, the location of the Popular Party in the national panorama, it is necessary to establish our position from Leon”.

The declaration defends “the uniqueness of León within the Community of Castilla y León, enhancing its history and traditions, applying policies that allow the necessary investments for full coexistence.”

A presentation coordinated by Gregorio Chamorro, former mayor of San Andrés del Rabanedo and in which is Mireya Pigere, Alejandro Barrera, José Luis del Riego Santos and Alejandro González Santín who demands the differentiation between what is León and Castilla, but “escaping planning that can divide citizens. ”

“We maintain a clear and resounding defense of the unity of the Spanish Nation and the equality of all citizens before the law. Our active defense of national sovereignty is linked to the recognition of the plurality and diversity of our regions and provinces, among others. the Leonese Region and the province of León, integrated into the current autonomous community of Castilla y León “, indicates the report.

“Useful Lionsism”

For the first time, the Popular Party is committed to a “useful Leonism” that they intend to “reach” outside the province and “do pedagogy with the historical debt that it owes to the people of León and the need for a change in León”, and that is nourished “by the conservative, liberal and Christian Democratic tradition of this province.”

For this new PP of León there is no problem in determining that León and Castilla are two regions, according to this presentation: “As stated in our Statute of Autonomy, the autonomous community of Castilla y León, arises from the modern union of the territories historic buildings that made up and gave names to the ancient crowns of León and Castilla “. “In other words, León and Castilla are two different regions protected by this Statute and by the Constitution,” they indicate.

It also takes advantage of it to demand a “change in trend” and “effective” compliance with the Statute of Autonomy: the location of the agencies or services of the administration “must meet criteria of decentralization and efficiency.”

“Being a Leonist is not being a breakthrough”

Perhaps the most problematic phrase for the national and regional leaders, Pablo Casado and Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, of the document is that it is stated: “Being from León is not being disruptive; but defending our region and our province and claiming solutions for the problems of the people of León wherever “. “We are the party that most identifies with León and with Spain. Being lions is our way of being Spanish,” he asserts, apart from being “responsible and demanding that the history of León be treated with dignity, and its relevance in the creation and germ of the Spanish nation “.

For Santiago, the new Popular Party of León “must” be “vindictive” for the people of León, and “defend” their interests “before all administrations” (provincial, regional, national and European), regardless of who governs and must defend ” a history, culture, traditions and heritage “that represent” the best legacy of previous generations “, and whose preservation and enhancement is” the best way “to keep its roots” alive “.

Autonomous decentralization

The document is full of requests, especially within autonomy, clearly marking that the autonomous system has “inefficiencies.” “We want to correct the course that leads us to have a Castilla y León at two speeds and a Spain at two speeds, both processes in which León is seriously harmed,” he says.

This issue requires a “specific analysis” that should give rise to “specific policies aimed at reducing the existing development gap” between provinces within Castilla y León, “especially in the Leonese Region.” The PP is also committed to “harmonizing” other aspects with other neighboring communities. In addition, they defend the survival of the Diputaciones, rejecting “emphatically the suppression proposals”, which is what Ciudadanos defends; partner party of the PP in the Junta de Castilla y León.

In another of its sections the PP sets another of its pillars in the fight against depopulation. Titled ‘Rethink León’, it criticizes the West Plan of the PSOE and the UPL. “Fifteen years later and 26,000 fewer inhabitants, the UPL supports the Socialist Party in the Diputación, after the signing of the so-called Mesa por León.” He also charges against the Spain 2050 report by Pedro Sánchez, because “the solution does not involve electoral promises or well-intentioned proposals” of any kind embodied in a document; and claims “to promote the signing of an authentic State pact”

Connection with Portugal and reopening of the La Plata railway

Another of the main lines of the programmatic proposals of the PP of León is to look to Portugal. “It is time to look again at Portugal and forget more than ever the scarce 35 km that separate our province from the neighboring country, betting on the construction of a new León-Bragança communication axis that, together with the Turneros Logistics Platform and the commitment to intermodal transport, make León once again what it always was, the natural and geographical logistics node of the Spanish Northwest “.

In addition, it also advocates reopening the Ruta de la Plata railway line, relying on the European policy of reopening conventional railway lines. “In this way, it is urgent to demand the reopening of the railway section from Astorga to Plasencia, as the backbone of the entire West of Spain”, he goes on to say.

He also criticizes mining reindustrialization. “They have sold the closure of the Thermal Power Plants to us as a Just Transition, but it has not been a transition or fair, there is no transition to either side nor is it fair, they have left us without alternatives for thousands of jobs”, and, defending “the environmental sustainability as the basis of any economic activity “, they advocate more investment in this sector” to set population “and limits to the increase of wind and solar energy projects” so that they do not break the environment. ” And also converting León as a “logistics pole of the Spanish Northwest”, together with the improvement of telecommunications and the internet connection in the towns of the province.

New leadership

The Popular Party of León has raised the senator and mayor of Almanza Javier Santiago (34 years old) as the new provincial president this Sunday at the Olímpico de León, in a congress that has also approved a ‘Leonist’ turn in training approved in his presentation politics, although within the current framework of Castillla y León.

Together with David Fernández as general secretary, and a team of 13 people as a hard core and 22 members, Santiago has set itself the objective of regaining power in the municipal elections in 2023, with the focus on the Diputación de León and the main municipalities, such as León, Ponferrada or San Andrés. The youth of the new team begins the generational change in the Popular Party of León, in line with what happened in the national PP of Pablo Casado and other territories.

The candidacy of Javier Santiago has received 93.05% of the votes cast by the delegates attending the congress of the popular Leonese. Previously he prevailed in the primaries against the mayor of Villaquilambre, Manuel García, obtaining 1,106 votes against 24 in a tense internal election that ended in the courts.

In his speech, Santiago recalled that the PP governs in 98 municipalities, the lowest figure in recent years, but considers that there is room to regain power since “There is no other structure like it in the province of León, we are unstoppable.” The new president of the PP has defended the “municipalist” character of the party, praising the relevance of the mayors in his new team.

One of the objectives set by the president of the PP has been for the party to turn to the fight against depopulation, “The rural world of León has a future and opportunities but we have to be able to give recipes against depopulation, which must start from bottom to top “, has indicated.

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