NEW powers would be on their way to Wales if Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has his way.
The Liberal Democrat leader told his party’s Welsh conference in Newport that he has committed his party to devolving new powers to Wales, including policing, youth justice and big energy projects.
The proposals were recommended by the Silk Commission on assembly powers last month, after a year-long review.
Today, at the opening day of the two-day spring conference, Mr Clegg said: “The Silk Commission challenged all parties to include wording in their manifestos committing to moving to a reserved power model and transferring powers from Westminster to the national assembly on transport, S4C, teachers’ pay, sewerage, energy consents, youth justice and policing.
“Where Labour failed to meet those challenges, the Liberal Democrats will rise to them, and I will be the first party leader to fully commit our party to including those proposals in our 2015 manifesto.
“The Silk Commission recommendations will be the blueprint for our 2015 manifesto.
“Unlike other parties, we are a democratic party and the final manifesto will of course be approved by our members, but I am clear that, just as the Silk Commission has recommended, I want us to fight the next election proposing that we take on the recommendations of the Silk Commission to give you the tools you need to get on with the job.”
The Liberal Democrats’ final manifesto will need approval from party members.