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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg commits to further powers for Wales at spring conference

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: April 05, 2014

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

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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.

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“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.

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  • 163ct034  |  April 11 2014, 9:29AM

    williamwaun the trouble with people like you is that you cant stand the idea of Wales standing on its own two feet! and ruling itself.you would rather be led by your nose and controlled by a foreigner government. that's why people like you have a problem with an independent Wales..unlike you most of us grown up welsh men & women believe we can stand on our own and one day we will. and then Wales will truly be a prosperous country because at the moment it isn't and never will be prosperous being part of a false union where we are not equal partners our ancestors knew this they were independent in spirit and mind they didn't opt into being part of any-union of countries that's because they were free and the only way our English overlords could make it so was to conquered Wales. (democracy not)

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  • Kaiser_Macsen  |  April 06 2014, 12:37PM

    Is Holley furious about promoting Newport as a place for conferences?

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  • Tex054  |  April 05 2014, 8:58PM

    Trouble with our Nick is that he seems to forget what he pledges, when any chance of sitting on the front bench comes along eg university fees.

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  • JohnSW4  |  April 05 2014, 7:48PM

    Nick Clegg he is the classical example of a true Liberal will say what ever whenever, jump from one fence to another!Demand they are always right even when pitifully wrong and can look you straight in the eyes and lie at a drop of a hat! He is now a considered a fool by all after watching his pathetic attempt at being politically intelligent in the debate, He and is like are not of any use to Wales you can't trust a word he says as all the students in this country will confirm!

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  • BreadJules  |  April 05 2014, 6:50PM

    He should hide under some rock and re-think his public and political image. After the two debates on LBC and BBC he should worry about the future of his party. Oh, I forgot...it's election time and politicians tend to make promises (called "lying" in common people)

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  • Neathboy234  |  April 05 2014, 6:37PM

    neathguard do you not think there may be another coalition in 2015. At the moment i wouldn't bet against it. Look at the Eastleigh by-election back last year where the Lib-dems held on to their seat, in fact the Tories actually lost ground to them with their vote down by almost 14%, and Labour's support only going up by less than 1%

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  • Neathboy234  |  April 05 2014, 6:30PM

    williamwaun we are not talking about Independence, we are talking about further devolution. Even after these measures Wales would still have further powers than any one of the 50 states that make up the USA. Do you really believe that the likes Missouri,Mississippi,Minnesota,Massachusetts,Maine and Montana are after Independence because they have more local powers than Wales, and indeed Scotland as well.

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  • neathguard  |  April 05 2014, 6:00PM

    How likely is it that Mr.Clegg will be reelected, ? Very unlikely I would think, and the Lib deems will lose a shed full of seats. So it will be a straight fight between the Blue and the Red

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  • williamwaun  |  April 05 2014, 4:36PM

    Watch what you wish for can you imagine an independent Wales god help us. You cant just have all the best bits like the assembly wants.

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  • Neathboy234  |  April 05 2014, 4:06PM

    Both the Lib Dem's and Labour have both made promises on further devolution. I think the next few years are going to be an interesting time for devolution. Energy, youth justice and policing are natural area's to be devolved. It's great to see that democracy is being increasingly devolved to the local area, with more and more appropriate laws and powers also being put into the remit of a Europe wide regulation

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