Labour have announced plans to make the biggest investment in UK ports in a generation, and this will have implications for the Port of Milford Haven.

A Labour Government will “Build it in Britain,” Keir Starmer pledged on April 18, as he highlighted Labour’s plan to invest £1.8 billion in Britain’s port infrastructure, designed to help crowd billions more of private sector investment into the UK’s energy industry and support the creation of 650,000 good jobs across the country.

Shadow Energy Secretary Ed Miliband MP said Labour’s Green Prosperity Plan will slash energy bills, create good jobs, boost national energy independence, and help tackle the climate crisis.

The announcement comes after Jo Stevens, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, visited the Port of Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire last month alongside with Henry Tufnell, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Mid and South Pembrokeshire, to learn more about the port’s operations and challenges.

After the visit, Jo Stevens said:

“Upgrading our ports, like this one here in Milford Haven, can help us seize the golden opportunity we have to become a world leader renewable energy, delivering cheaper bills and the jobs of the future.

“But the Conservative government is holding Wales back, with narrow-minded, poorly run investment schemes that leave us lagging behind international competitors.

“A UK Labour government will switch on GB Energy to invest in projects that can secure our lead in floating offshore wind, unlocking the jobs and investment that the Tories have left to languish.”

Henry Tufnell added: 

“Pembrokeshire’s first Labour MP, Desmond Donnelly, was instrumental in the creation of the Port of Milford Haven, transforming Pembrokeshire’s economic fortunes. Today, as in the 1950s, we face a crossroads. We must put our county at the forefront of a new Labour Government's industrial strategy to build it in Britain.

“Labour’s Green Prosperity Plan will secure our energy supply, develop industry, and create good well paid jobs right here in our county. We don’t want the young people of Pembrokeshire to feel they must leave their home county to get on in life. We want to provide opportunity here, and we want to provide it now.”