The Príncipe Felipe museum of the City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia has been the setting chosen by the Valencian socialists to hold their central meeting of the electoral campaign for the upcoming regional and municipal elections on May 28.
The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has been the great claim for thousands of militants and supporters who have come to the complex designed by the Valencian architect, Santiago Calatrava. Among the attendees, the presence of former Minister José Luis Ábalos, the Minister of Science and Innovation, Diana Morant, the Government delegate, Pilar Bernabé, the mayoress of Castellón, Amparo Marco or the candidate for mayor of Alicante, Ana, stood out. Barcelo.
Aware of the importance for the Socialists of maintaining power in the Valencian Community, the fourth most important in terms of population with five million inhabitants, Sánchez wanted to offer his support to the head of the Valencian executive, Ximo Puig, in view of his reelection as president of the Generalitat and the candidate for mayor of Valencia and current vice mayor, Sandra Gómez, who shares the municipal government of the city with mayor Joan Ribó, from Compromís, the majority force of the coalition.
The first to speak was Sandra Gómez, who highlighted the social and housing policies developed by both the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, and the head of the Consell, Ximo Puig. Gómez, has vindicated the Socialist Party as the only option for the future so that the past of corruption, waste and mismanagement of the PP does not return.
“The Socialist Party is the only progressive party that is growing, that continues to gain support in Valencia and that guarantees a future for the majority. The right knows it and that is why we are the party that the right fears. That is why internal demobilization, that we do not vote, because they know that if we are going to vote, we will win ”, he stated.
The deputy mayor has reviewed the socialist management in these eight years that has allowed investments such as HP, Siemens, Caixabank, Deutsche Telekom to arrive in the city, the creation of 90,000 jobs or recover public health and education and pensions against to the past of the Gürtel, of the visit of the PP, of the robbery in Cooperation, F1, the pufos and the barracks of the PP“.
The socialist candidate has recalled how “the PP dismantled the Valencian banks, closed public television and destroyed the neighborhoods of Valencia as happened in Cabanyal” and has highlighted “the efforts of the Socialist Party to offer a future for all the residents of Valencia”. In addition, he added: “I have dedicated my years in the City Council to healing those wounds, I have worked my ass off for its future and I can tell you here and in front of everyone that this very week we will finally approve the Cabanyal Plan that protects it, since The bulldozers will not enter to demolish houses, the only machines that my neighborhood will see will be to rehabilitate them”.
Gómez has defended the pride of being a socialist and a Valencian “because the Socialist Party is the only one that stood up in the health crisis, that stood up in the Ukrainian War, that is standing up for families as Ximo Puig is doing from the presidency of the Generalitat Valenciana. As mayoress, I assure you that Valencia will have a government of families and not a government of cuts like that of the PP ”, she has continued.
The deputy mayor closed her speech by claiming the victory of the Socialist Party in Valencia: “It is no coincidence that the Socialist Party has decided to hold its central campaign rally in Valencia. We are here because the Socialist Party is going to win Valencia Because between past and future, we will vote for the future. For this reason, between the PP and the Socialist Party, these elections, compañeros and compañeras, are won by the PSOE ”, she has concluded.
Puig promises a job opportunity to each young person who completes their studies
Next, the President of the Valencian Government, Ximo Puig, spoke, emphasizing that “the socialist party represents the majority, because a town in the interior is as important to us as any neighborhood in Vlència or any other city”. .
Puig has highlighted that “all the economic indicators are better than four years ago after having passed a pandemic and a war; our project goes through three areas: grow better, social justice and sustainability”.
“We can say that the Valencian Community has gotten rid of corruption and cuts. When Rajoy was governing, in the middle of the financial crisis, they gave them jokes, they published a guide and as a joke they said that corruption is like paella, nowhere like in Valencia. And Valencia is not corrupt, they are the corrupt, it is the PP. They are not going to return, they cannot return and the best antidote is the socialist party”, he affirmed.
The head of the Consell has assured that they have “a project for the Valencian Community” and has recalled that “this week the Minister of Social Security made public some data that says that 450,000 more people are now working in the Valencian Community compared to the year 2015 , and that is thanks to social dialogue and political and social stability, also thanks to the alliance between the governments of the State and the Valencian Community”.
Puig stressed that they have managed to “have the most important investment in the reindustrialization of Spain, it will be Volkswagen, but also Ford, and we are negotiating with multinationals that can create 43,000 jobs in the Valencian Community.”
In addition, he has made a commitment if he continues to govern: “In the next legislature, young people who finish university or vocational training will all be given a job opportunity, we will agree on it through social dialogue. Those over 50 will also have a new opportunity because no one has to be left out”.
In terms of health, he has promised “to deprivatize the Valencian public health system that the PP privatized, all the remaining departments and we are going to renovate and build new hospitals in Castellón, in Paterna with the new Arnau de Vilanova” and recalled that ” In other communities when the pandemic passed, the staff were fired, here they have all remained, 6,000 new structural positions.
With regard to education, he has emphasized that the Botanical Government has launched “free education from 2 to 3 years” and has ensured that the next course will be extended to the range of 0 to 2 years, “for what free public education will be from 0 to 18 years old”, in addition to the fact that they have managed to renovate “the entire park of schools and institutes” and above all “school failure” has been reduced by half.
Lastly, he has sent a message to the Vox candidate, Carlos Flores: “The most serious problem that this society has is called macho terrorism and we have to put an end to it and with the macho culture. We have to thank the women who have stood up for a value that belongs to everyone, equality, and no abuser can be allowed to represent us in the Valencian Government, it cannot be allowed”.
Sánchez announces 580 million for primary care
Lastly, the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has taken the floor, who has begun by remembering the victims of the pandemic and has valued “the great work carried out by the Valencian Minister of Health, Ana Barceló”.
Sánchez has criticized the cuts that the PP applied in Health during his years in government and has announced an injection of 580 million euros to modernize the 13,000 primary care centers throughout Spain and the Valencian Community.
The Secretary General of the PSOE has defended on this day that despite the fact that Health is the responsibility of the Autonomous Communities, “it is the priority of the Government of Spain”. The latest investment in Primary Care, last September, amounted to 172 million euros.
“What matters next May 28 is public health”, said Sánchez, who has assured that in the regional and municipal elections next week they will vote “between the right to health or the health business”. The president added that “voting for the PSOE is voting for public health.”
Sánchez has assured that the new item will be approved at the next Council of Ministers this Tuesday and that it will serve to improve the infrastructure and equipment of Primary Care. The investment has conditions and the autonomies must allocate those 580 million euros to modernize and improve the more than 13,000 health centers that already exist in the country.
During his speech, the president denounced the lack of investment in public health by autonomous communities, such as the Community of Madrid. “The great paradox”, said Sánchez, recalling that it is one of the communities with the highest per capita income in the country, but it is at the bottom of social, health and educational spending, behind Andalusia, Catalonia and Murcia.
“As a consequence, 40% of the Madrid population has private insurance,” said the socialist leader in his defense of a public health system that all citizens can access and so that the health of each citizen does not depend on their power purchasing. “We have to say loud and clear that we don’t want a country where people go into debt to pay for cancer treatment.”
“Now that we have to choose the vote and that some may be thinking about whether it is important to go vote or not next 28M, we have to say yes to them,” Sánchez added. The president has made a strong defense of public health in the face of the cuts ordered by the Government of Mariano Rajoy in 2012.
The Government thus addresses, at the gates of next Sunday’s vote, one of the greatest concerns of citizens, who in recent months have demonstrated in various cities in Spain to denounce the deterioration of the public health system, further aggravated with the closure of local health centers such as those promoted by the government of Isabel Díaz Ayuso in the Community of Madrid.
Sánchez took advantage of his speech this Saturday to recall other measures approved by the Government in the field of health, such as the reestablishment of the National Health System, the elimination of the pharmaceutical co-payment for vulnerable people or the investment of more than 100 million euros in the first mental health plan of our country.