Wales must show united front for more powers or it risks being marginalised’ - Kirsty Williams AM

September 11, 2014 5:40 PM

Kirsty conference stageKirsty Williams, leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, has warned that Wales could be left marginalised unless political parties unite in promising more powers for Wales.

Speaking at an event at the Millennium Stadium hosted by the Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA), Kirsty Williams challenged all political parties to speak as one voice on behalf of Wales and support the recommendations of the Silk Commission.

The Silk Commission consisted of representatives of all political parties in the National Assembly. The Commission's first report is being implemented almost in its entirety by the Coalition Government. The second report recommends devolving issues such as youth justice, policing, and large-scale energy projects. It also calls for a reserved powers model, which would simplify the devolution settlement. The Liberal Democrats are the only party so far to state that they would implement Silk's recommendations in full.

Kirsty Williams AM commented:

"Whatever the result next week, Wales must respond with a united front. We are at our best when we build on consensus.

"The momentum of this referendum offers us a golden opportunity to drive through the changes that Wales needs. I am confident of a 'No' vote, but that will not be a vote for the status quo. Scotland will gain more powers and, without a clear voice, Wales risks getting marginalised.

"The Silk Report must be the blueprint that I challenge all parties to include in their manifestos. So far it is only the Liberal Democrats that have pledged to fully implement Silk's recommendations; that must change.

"The Liberal Democrats have a proud record of bringing decision-making closer to the people of Wales and we will continue to fight for that to be the case."

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