Welsh Liberal Democrats say Yes for Wales

2011 Ionawr 28 10:49 AM

The Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Kirsty Williams AM and Deputy Leader, Roger Williams MP, will today formally launch the Welsh Liberal Democrats say Yes for Wales campaign at Llanelwedd, Powys, away from Cardiff Bay. Launching the campaign, Kirsty Williams said:

"In March, the people of Wales will have the opportunity to vote in a referendum to ensure for the first time that laws that affect only Wales are made only in Wales.

"The Welsh Liberal Democrats are united in our enthusiasm to campaign for a 'Yes' vote. As well as working constructively with progressives in all parties in the 'Yes' campaign, Welsh Liberal Democrats will also be encouraging and motivating our own supporters to Say Yes for Wales.

"As an opposition leader, I am often critical of the record of the Labour-Plaid Government in Wales. The Welsh people will have their say on government policies in this year's Welsh General election. But this referendum should not be a referendum on the record of the Labour-Plaid administration."

The Deputy Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, Roger Williams MP said:

"No single party 'owns' devolution but I am proud that this referendum is being delivered by the Liberal Democrats as part of the coalition agreement.

"In areas like mid Wales, communities can sometimes seem more removed from the workings of the Assembly. But let us be clear, voting 'no' or staying away will do nothing to empower our local councils and communities. Voting 'Yes' is the next step to build a mature and responsible devolution that will enable a future government to empower local government and communities to deliver for themselves. It is about making our law-making more efficient and effective - this will be good for business, good for communities, and will help to develop a 'no excuses' culture in Welsh politics.

"It is only by voting 'Yes' that the people of Wales will ensure for the first time that laws that affect only Wales are made only in Wales."

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