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Plaid doubts Welsh Govt's call for parity with Scots

Despite Carwyn Jones' position that Wales should be offered all the extra powers being given to Scotland, Plaid Cymru's claiming that the Welsh Government isn't even actively seeking the power over fracking that Scotland already has.

The people of Wales should have the power to decide on licensing for fracking in their communities. Plaid Cymru wants Wales to have responsibility over fracking so that we can introduce a moratorium on a process that carries a host of unknown risks for the environment and public health. The Scottish Government has made this happen there, but unfortunately the Welsh Government has done absolutely nothing to stand up for Wales’ interests.

It is now clear that the Labour Government has not made any representations to the UK Government for these powers to be devolved which suggests that Labour sees no need to challenge Westminster’s policy of promoting and encouraging fracking in Wales.

– Llyr Gruffydd AM, Plaid Cymru
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TV debates risk sidelining Wales warns Plaid leader

Leanne Wood says Westminster leaders should debate in Wales

Plaid Cymru's leader is warning that TV election debate plans could mean that 'the people of Wales [are] sidelined.' Leanne Wood's comments follow the news that Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage have said they're prepared to debate each other without David Cameron.

Number Ten sources have suggested the Prime Minister would consider a 5-party debate but that would still exclude Plaid Cymru and the SNP. The Plaid leader Leanne Wood has written to the other parties saying that if they remain excluded, the Westminster party leaders should take part in a debate held in Wales. She said:

At the moment there is a danger that people in Wales will be sidelined by the television debates. If the debates take place without Plaid Cymru and the SNP, then it is clear that the discussions will be dominated by England only matters, and devolved issued will not be taken into consideration.

People in Wales have a right to scrutinise the parties that could have an impact on their lives after the election. With the prospect of a hung Parliament becoming ever more likely, it is very possible that Plaid Cymru will hold the balance of power.

The people of Wales should have the opportunity to hold Plaid Cymru to account.

For this reason it is important that the leaders come to Wales and hold a debate here in Wales. Welsh voters should be given the chance to properly scrutinise the parties that will represent them after the UK general election.

– Leanne Wood AM, Plaid Cymru leader

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Proposed pay rise "inappropriate" say Plaid

Plaid Cymru AMs have decided to oppose the suggested £10,000 salary increase proposed by the pay review board.

The Plaid Cymru group of AMs believes that the recommendation made by the Remuneration Board for salaries post-2016 is inappropriate. We fully expect this view and wider public opinion to be taken into consideration as part of the Remuneration Board’s consultation.

– Plaid Cymru Spokesperson

Other parties are expected to take a similar stance. Under rules brought in to stop AMs deciding their own pay, they can only make representations in the same way as members of the public. The final decision rests with the board unless the Assembly votes to change the way AMs' pay is determined.

PM's comments mean underfunding will go on say Plaid

Plaid Cymru says Wales will continue to lose out after the Prime Minister told MPs that there is no reform 'on the horizon' for the Barnett Formula, which limits any change in the funding that the UK Treasury gives to the Welsh Government.

The Prime Minister's confirmation that the unfair Barnett Formula is here to stay proves that Westminster just isn't working for Wales. If Wales received the same money as Scotland per head, we would have £1.2bn more per year to radically improve our schools, hospitals, roads and railways.

– Plaid Cymru MP Hywel Williams

Plaid Cymru leader calls for shared UK decision-making

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood says the Scottish referendum is not the end but only the beginning for devolution in the UK.

Speaking at the Scottish National Party Conference today, Leanne Wood called for Wales to have a say in all major UK decisions.

Our Political Editor Adrian Masters reports:

Leanne Wood delivers speech to SNP conference

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has given a speech at the Scottish National Party conference in Perth.

She called for shared decision-making by all four UK nations in the future, with major policies needing a consensus between governments.

She also praised the impact of impact of the campaign for independence in the Scottish referendum.

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Give Wales say in all UK decisions says Plaid leader

Leanne Wood will tell the SNP conference that it should be up to Wales and Scotland what they share with the rest of the UK Credit: Plaid Cymru

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood will call later today for a new devolution settlement that will leave Wales and Scotland to decide what's still controlled at a UK level. She will add that even then any decision should require the agreement of the Welsh and Scottish governments.

In a speech to the Scottish National Party conference in Perth, Leanne Wood will set out how she expects the new system to work, now that there is all party support for Wales moving to the same "reserved powers" model as Scotland, where everything is devolved unless it is explicitly reserved to Westminster.

It is the peoples of the nations of the UK who are sovereign, not Westminster. That reality must be reflected as the relationships between our countries are reconstructed in the coming months.

Reserved powers should mean shared powers and let me make clear that a Plaid Cymru government from 2016 will insist on major decisions at a UK level requiring consensus between the governments.

– Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood AM

The Plaid Cymru leader will praise the grass roots movement which campaigned for independence in the Scottish referendum and claim that "power will be delivered to the people" despite the defeat in September.

She will add that although a new state wasn't born, a new democracy has been built in Scotland, that "no party, no government can disestablish".

Plaid welcomes powers poll finding

Plaid Cymru has welcomed a poll which shows a majority of people in Wales want the Assembly to have the same powers as the Scottish parliament. According to the survey, which was carried out by YouGov for the pro-independence group Yes Cymru, 63 per cent of respondents agreed with the statement 'The powers devolved to Wales should be the same powers as Scotland.' 37 per cent disagreed.

Welcoming the poll findings, Plaid leader Leanne Wood said:

This poll is consistent with others that show that most people in Wales believe that more decisions over the issues that affect us should be made here in Wales.

The so-called vow made to people in Scotland by the three UK party leaders during their referendum campaign is falling short of expectations, demonstrating yet again that the Westminster establishment lags behind public opinion. People in Wales want progress. Parity with Scotland is a must.

– Leanne Wood AM, Plaid Cymru leader

Get Euro aid for Murco workers says Plaid MEP

Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans has called on the UK Government to apply for European funding to help the 400 workers facing redundancy with the closure of the Murco refinery in Milford Haven. Production there is expected to end after a sale to a Swiss company fell through.

Jill Evans wants Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb, who's also the local MP, to get the UK Government to apply for funding from the European Union's Globalisation Adjustment Fund. It supports workers who lose their jobs and small businesses which close down as a result of changes in world trade and the global economic crisis.

Any payment from the fund would reduce the size of Britain's EU rebate.

The Secretary of State for Wales has called this 'a hammer blow for the local economy'. That merits the strongest response and I call on him to ensure the UK government does not block an application to the globalisation adjustment fund.

– Jill Evans MEP
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