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Plaid's caution over devolution plans

Plaid Cymru says it can only give a cautious welcome to the Silk Commission's report, claiming that it "falls short" of signalling real progress on actually securing more meaningful powers for Wales.

Having made great strides on the devolution journey in recent decades, it feels as if Wales is now sadly being dragged along at an agonisingly slow pace of progress. Plaid Cymru believes that all decisions affecting the people of Wales should be made in Wales. That is why the issues dealt with in this new report - justice, policing, energy and more - form the vital building blocks of a stronger, more prosperous nation.

While we welcome the fact that the Commission has accepted our view that policing should be devolved, it is frustrating to see little progress being made on creating a Welsh legal jurisdiction. Limiting the Assembly's powers over planning consent for energy developments to projects generating 350 mw or less is also a concern. With control over the Crown Estates also being denied, Wales is in the position of having a wealth of natural resources but limited power to utilise them to benefit our people. No energy-rich nation should have thousands of households living in fuel poverty as we do.

As far as broadcasting is concerned, we welcome the proposal to devolve the funding and responsibility for S4C, but believe that the Commission has ignored the opportunities for Wales that would arise if broadcasting was fully devolved to the Assembly. This report clearly shows that our current devolution settlement is confused, complex and unsatisfactory.

– Plaid Cymru Parliamentary Leader Elfyn Llwyd MP

'Fundamental change' needed in dealing with domestic violence allegations says MP

Plaid Cymru MP Elfyn Llwyd has introduced a bill in the House of Commons which would toughen up the law on domestic violence. He told MPs that changing the law would send a strong message to offenders and to police officers investigating allegations of domestic violence.


Elfyn Llwyd says he'd consider Cardiff Bay role in future

Plaid Cymru's Parliamentary Leader Elfyn Llwyd says he would consider accepting a post in a future Welsh Government if it were offered to him. He's been an MP since 1992 but has announced that he'll step down at the next UK Election.

In an interview for tonight's Sharp End programme he tells our Political Editor Adrian Masters that a role in Cardiff Bay is not 'part of his thinking' but that if he were offered the post of Counsel General he'd 'certainly give very serious consideration to it.'

You can watch Sharp End online here.

Plaid's Parliamentary leader to step down

Plaid Cymru's Parliamentary Leader, Elfyn Llwyd, is to stand down as MP after 21 years at the next UK General Election. He said:

I have decided not to put my name forward to seek re-nomination for the 2015 General Election.

I am hugely grateful to the people of Dwyfor Meirionnydd and Nant Conwy for their support and loyalty over the years.

It has been the highest honour to serve my constituency, party and nation, but the time has come to turn my hand to other work and pursue other interests that I have.

Playing a role in such an exciting period in the history of Wales and Plaid Cymru has been an absolute privilege. I have every confidence that the party will go from strength to strength and will continue to put the interests of the people and communities of Wales above all else.

– Elfyn Llwyd MP, Plaid Cymru

Queen's Speech 'disappointing' for Wales - Plaid

Plaid Cymru's Parliamentary Leader Elfyn Llwyd says the programme of laws set out in the Queen's speech is a missed opportunity to devolve further power to Wales.

Overall, this was a disappointing Queen’s Speech, mainly for its failure to deliver a new Government of Wales Act that would have paved the way for granting Wales much-needed job-creating powers.

The cross-party Silk Commission recommended the devolution of these powers to the Welsh Assembly, but yet again the progress of our nation is being hampered by the divisions and lethargy of the London government.

We are also disappointed not to see a significant transfer of powers in fields such as energy, jobsearch functions, justice and policing - all long-standing Plaid Cymru policies that would address the UK's democratic deficit and deliver better public services for the people of Wales.

– Elfyn Llwyd MP, Plaid Cymru Parliamentary Leader