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Lib Dems say they will give more powers to Wales

The Liberal Democrats are promising to deliver what they call 'home rule for Wales' - the creation of a more powerful Parliament in Cardiff Bay.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg told our Political Editor, Adrian Masters that Wales should have the same or similar powers to Scotland.

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Welsh Lib Dems call for Wales parliament

The leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats has said its time Wales had a 'proper parliament'.

Speaking at the party conference in Glasgow, Kirsty Williams said warned other parties to fulfil their pledges on more devolution in Wales or risk fuelling calls for independence.

Kirsty Williams has been speaking at the Liberal Democrats conference in Glasgow Credit: ITV News Wales

Ms Williams, who is vice-chairing the Lib Dems' general election campaign, told activists at the party's conference in Glasgow: "We are four nations distinct with our own ambitions, our own needs and our own outlook. All these nations need a place at the table.

"We need a federal solution in which all four nations are equal partners in charge of their own destiny, as part of one united family - and now is the time to do it."

Home rule failure will fuel independence calls warns Welsh Lib Dem leader

The Welsh Liberal Democrat leader has warned the political parties to fulfil their pledges on further devolution or risk fuelling calls for independence in Wales as well as Scotland.

Kirsty Williams told her party's conference in Glasgow that the desire for more self-rule must be taken seriously in Westminster.

It’s not good enough to only talk about Scottish devolution under the rise of Scottish nationalism.

It’s not good enough just to talk about English votes for English laws under the threat of English nationalism.

I say candidly conference: if that approach continues, then don’t be surprised if the Welsh conclude that it is only by voting nationalist that things will change.

The Liberal Democrats must never let that happen

– Kirsty Williams AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat leader

She also told delegates at Glagow that the UK needs 'a Federal solution in which all four nations are equal partners in charge of their own destiny.'

Wales must have a proper parliament.

One that reflects the will of the people.

One that has the powers to make a difference.

One that shows that devolution really can work.

Our message to the people of Wales is clear: A vote for the Liberal Democrats will be a vote for Wales to have a real say over its destiny.

– Kirsty Williams AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat leader
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All parties should back "proper parliament" for Wales says Welsh Lib Dem leader

Welsh Liberal Democrat leader Kirsty Williams will tell her party's UK conference in Glasgow that proposals to give the Welsh Assembly significant new powers should receive all party backing. The Silk Commission said important tax raising powers should be devolved to Wales, together with new areas of responsibility, including policing.

Energy, justice, tax varying powers, the list goes on - all will be delivered by the Liberal Democrats. Now is the time for the other parties to step up to the plate. I challenge them to do as Nick Clegg has done and sign up to the Silk Commission's recommendations - so that Wales can speak as one voice Wales must have a proper parliament. One that reflects the will of the people. One that has the powers to make a difference. One that shows that devolution really can work

– Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Kirsty Williams AM

She added that it was important to offer people hope after the divisions caused by the Scottish independence referendum. It was important that the right lesson was learnt from the result in Scotland.

The referendum must be a lesson that people across the UK want more of a say over their future. We must show that change is coming. Independence can't be their only option. The SNP, Plaid Cymru, UKIP - we can't let them divide us. Devolving power is in our DNA - it's what we do. The Liberal Democrats must now take back the devolution agenda.

– Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Kirsty Williams AM

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Better to abolish Severn tolls than devolve them say Lib Dems

Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Kirsty Williams has dismissed calls for the Severn tolls to be devolved to the Welsh Government, saying it would be better for Wales to abolish them altogether.

The First Minister has previously called for responsibility for the tolls and their income to be transferred and, in response to the Lib Dem pledge, the Welsh Government has said it should 'have a say'when the bridges return to public ownership.

But Kirsty Williams says no UK Government is likely to agree to such a move.

Welsh Govt: 'Wales should have a say on tolls future'

The Welsh Government says it has 'made clear' to the UK Government that Wales should have a say on the future of the Severn Bridge tolls.

The Department of Transport and the Highway Agency is currently responsible for both crossings, including the level of the tolls.

However, we have made it clear to the UK Government that we should have a say on future of the tolls after the end of the current concession agreement with Severn River Crossing PLC.

– Welsh Government spokesperson
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