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The First Minister has responded to the statement by Number 10 I told you about earlier and urged David Cameron to 'stay true to his word.' Here's what Carwyn Jones had to say:
I told you earlier that the First Minister had repeated his claim that the Prime Minister had twice given him assurances that there would be no change to the electoral system in Wales without the agreement of the Assembly.
I've been in touch with Number 10 to get its view of what the PM did or didn't say to the FM. Here's the response from a spokesperson:
I've just had this response to Carwyn Jones' earlier attack on UK Government plans to review Assembly electoral arrangements from Wales Office minister David Jones, who was at the same joint ministerial meeting:
The First Minister says he's told the Deputy Prime Minister that plans by the Welsh Secretary to review the way AMs are elected are 'fundamentally undemocratic.' Carwyn Jones raised his opposition to Cheryl Gillan's Green Paper on electoral reform at a meeting chaired by Nick Clegg earlier.
When she launched the review earlier this week, the Welsh Secretary dismissed calls for decision-making power over electoral systems in Wales to be devolved. She said that in two years there had been no request for any such transfer. Carwyn Jones responded:
Yesterday Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan opened public consultation into how Assembly electoral boundaries might be drawn in future. The public have 12 weeks to put forward their views on the issue. Andrew RT Davies speaking, at his party's weekly press conference this morning, said this;
By de-coupling, he meant that Assembly and Westminster constituencies would not have the same boundaries. Mr Davies added that he was against Westminster and Assembly Elections being held on the same date. He said that he thought it was important to keep the two separate to avoid confusion.
The Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith says the Westminster government has no mandate to change the Assembly voting system, as nothing has been proposed in an election manifesto. He also claims that the proposals are a distraction from the real challenge of a lack of jobs and economic growth.
The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, had this to say about plans contained in the Wales Office Green paper on Assembly Election reform.
Cheryl Gillan, the Welsh Secretary, talks about the proposed changes to the way the Welsh Assembly is elected.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats have backed the decision by the Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan to press ahead with a consultation on changing how the National Assembly is elected.
Plaid Cymru has issued its response to proposals to change the way Assembly Members are elected which have been published by the Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan today.
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Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan has published a consultation document on changing the way that the Assembly is elected.