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Carwyn Jones has been criticised by opponents and by supporters within the Labour party for being distracted by constitutional obsessions. That's why in his speech he'll set out the practical reasons why he believes the Welsh Government needs strengthened powers:
In his speech, Carwyn Jones will say that Wales must remain part of the United Kingdom and his comments appear to reject a recommendation recently made by the independent Silk Commission that, in the long term, income tax should be partly devolved. That move, he'll say would 'carry great risks'
The First Minister is to say the Welsh Government should gain increasing power so that all decisions affecting Wales are presumed to be made here. In a speech tonight, Carwyn Jones is due to that say people feel Welsh politicians are closer to them than the UK Government.
But the First Minister will say that any future transfers should come with 'fair funding' and should be 'phased on a realistic and affordable timescale.' His calls come less than two years after a referendum which gave the Assembly lawmaking powers and ahead of a second Silk Commission report.
In a speech tonight, the First Minister Carwyn Jones is expected to make his clearest call yet for a wide-ranging transfer of powers from Westminster to Wales. He's due to say 'there should be a presumption in favour of devolution.'