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Tories already breaking devolution promises one week in

The Welsh Liberal Democrats have hit out at the Conservative Government for appearing to roll back on their promise to devolve more powers to Wales within 100 days of taking office.

BBC News is reporting that a new Wales Bill is unlikely to be included in the programme of legislation for the new Government’s first year. This is despite a promise by Chancellor George Osborne to bring forward the proposals in the St David’s Day Agreement in legislative form within 100 days of winning the election.

Kirsty Williams AM, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, said:

“This revelation, if true, just confirms what we already knew: the Liberal Democrats were the sole driving force behind devolution in the last Government. We’re not even a week into this Tory Government, yet the determined work of Jenny Randerson and other Lib Dem Ministers is already being slowly undone.

“After the apparent refusal of the Tories and Labour to accept the recommendations of the cross-party Silk Commission, all parties came together again to form the St David’s Day Agreement. While it doesn’t go far enough in the Lib Dems’ view, we know that we need to get moving on this to keep the promises made to the people of Wales on devolution.

“With two cross-party roadmaps already produced, any sort of delay is completely unnecessary. The fact that the Tories are now dithering on bringing powers to the people of Wales is shameful.”

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