Assembly political groups say they're confident in their complaints procedures following inappropriate behaviour allegations against an AM
Information uncovered by Welsh Lib Dems shows 24 medical errors including swabs and a hypodermic needle left inside patients
The Welsh Government has said it was 'good to hear' a UK minister back proposals that include devolving 'significant' income tax powers.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats say their supporters won't be fooled into voting for Plaid Cymru in the forthcoming European elections. Plaid's leader Leanne Wood has urged disaffected Lib Dems to back her party in May's vote.
But Lib Dem Euro candidate, Alex Dauncey, says Plaid's aim of independence risks separating Wales from the EU. And he made his own appeal, urging Plaid voters to back the Lib Dems
People won’t be fooled by this. After all, Plaid’s whole existence is based on separation and isolation. If their dream of independence was realised, Wales would have to reapply for EU membership which would create huge uncertainty around our economic future and threaten our trade links. If Plaid had their way they would put thousands of jobs and billions of pounds of investment at risk.
While Lib Dem MEPs have been working hard in Europe to promote Welsh jobs and businesses, Plaid has consistently voted against job creating measures. For example, they opposed the EU-US free trade agreement which could bring thousands of jobs and an extra £10 billion to the UK economy. There is a world of difference between our two parties’ approaches to Europe and it is disingenuous to suggest otherwise.
– Alec Dauncey, Welsh Liberal Democrats
The Liberal Democrats are the party of ‘in’. Plaid's position on Europe is confused by their desire for Welsh independence. The Conservatives are openly flirting with exit and the Labour Party doesn’t have the courage of their convictions and won’t lift a finger to keep Britain in the EU. If you are a Plaid voter and recognise the benefits of a more devolved Wales, in Britain, in Europe, and want to send a clear message to the dangerous fringes of UKIP, then you should vote for the Welsh Liberal Democrats.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats has called for the implementation of the Silk Commission's recommendations for devolving more power to Wales. They say the Commission's report is a blueprint that should be followed.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats helped ensure that the Silk Commission was established as we believe Wales must have a proper functioning parliament. Like the first report, we believe the recommendations published today set out an ideal blueprint for the future of devolution in Wales.
At every stage the Welsh Liberal Democrats have been pressing to bring more accountability and responsibility to the Welsh government. We also believe that the current devolution model is simply not fit for purpose; this has been shown by the increase in Supreme Court cases. It is time for a new model to be established that clearly defines what is devolved and what is not. Clarity is needed and we welcome that the commission has called for this to be the case.
– Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Kirsty Williams AM
In only a short space of time and against much resistance, Liberal Democrats in government have been the driving force in ensuring there is now real momentum behind the devolution process. We have a proud record of bringing decision-making closer to the people of Wales and we will continue to fight for that to be the case.
Aled Roberts, who's Chief Whip of the Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly group, has explained how he handled the complaint against an AM accused of inappropriate conduct, using procedures brought in after similar cases in England. Mr Roberts was speaking on Sharp End on ITV Cymru Wales.
It emerged at the weekend that the Liberal Democrat AM for Mid and West Wales, William Powell, apologised last year for behaving inappropriately towards a young woman in 2011, although she had declined to make a formal complaint. He was interviewed by Mr Roberts and given a formal written warning.
– Welsh Liberal Democrat Chief Whip Aled Roberts AM
We dealt with it as if it was a formal complaint. There was an apology offered to myself for the conduct. More importantly, there was apology made to the complainant.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats say a complaint into the behaviour of William Powell AM has been "treated seriously" and the Welsh Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales was "given a formal written warning."
The party received party received an anonymous complaint in May 2013, relating to an incident in June 2011.
We received an anonymous complaint in May 2013 about the behaviour of William Powell AM, when the complainant spoke to the chair of her local party.
This related to an incident that had occurred in June 2011. She indicated that she did not wish to follow a formal grievance procedure and wished to remain anonymous, but wanted the party to be aware of the issue.
Nevertheless, this complaint was treated seriously and a report compiled and passed to the Chief Whip, who is in charge of disciplinary issues within the Assembly group.
– Spokesperson for the Welsh Liberal Democrats
As a result, William Powell was interviewed by the Chief Whip and given a formal written warning that such behaviour will not be tolerated and any future misdemeanour could result in more serious sanctions being imposed.
This was communicated to the complainant via the Chair of the local party. Since that time no further complaint has been received.
The Welsh Liberal Democrat William Powell AM has offered an "unreserved apology" for his behaviour, after his party received an anonymous complaint in May 2013. The complaint related to an incident in June 2011.
The woman in question decided not to follow a formal grievance procedure and wished to remain anonymous.
"I am aware of an anonymous complaint having been made," said Mr Powell.
"The complaint was put to me by the the Chief Whip and I cooperated fully with him in this matter.
"I apologised to the Chief Whip and offered an unreserved apology, through him, to anyone else for any hurt or offence caused and I would certainly wish to do so again, in writing or in person.”
The leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats says the party in Wales has tightened up its rules in the wake of the Lord Rennard row. She said the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg called her on Monday evening to update her on the situation and the latest investigation into allegations against the peer.
Kirsty Williams said that in a federal party, the English Lib Dems had the right to suspend and investigate Lord Rennard. But she said the party's democratic structures, which she considers a strength because they give members a significant level of say, had also proven to be a weakness.
– Kirsty Williams AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader
The structures and rules and regulations and constitutions in the party in England has led us to a situation which I think is regrettable and doesn't serve either party - those that have made complaints and the person who's been complained of - hasn't served them particularly well.
She said she's not responsible for the structures of the English party but has moved to introduce changes to the way the Welsh party is set up since the allegations first came to light.
There have been a number of things that the Welsh party has already moved to change and we will again have to reflect on our party's rules and regulations in the light of issues that have now arisen in this QC's report.
Since last February the Welsh party has inserted a new clause into its constitution that makes is quite clear that there is a requirement on members to treat others with respect, must not bully, harass or intimidate be they members, parliamentarians, members of staff or volunteers and members of the party and to do so would be a case of bringing the party into disrepute.
– Kirsty Williams AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader
A similar clause has been inserted into the Welsh Liberal Democrat group here in the National Assembly. A new staff handbook has been issued with regards to roles and responsibilities of people employed by the party and the Welsh NEC has adopted a new complaints procedure which adequately allows us to record and track complains should they arrive.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats are calling for a 'thorough review' of all Welsh Government. Lib Dem AM Aled Roberts says a series of critical audit reports over the last year mean that Labour's 'reputation for wasting public money is ever growing.' He said
– Aled Roberts AM, Liberal Democrat
Repeatedly we have seen reports published by the Wales Audit Office that have highlighted major problems in the delivery of key public services.
Some of these reports have revealed practices which are nothing short of scandalous.
The Welsh Labour Government's reputation for wasting public money is ever growing and this undermining the public's confidence in the system. The people of Wales want and have a right to know that their taxes are bieng spent wisely.
Welsh Lib Dems say Autumn statement will mean £233m in extra money for Wales; Welsh Govt’s funding to increase by £192m over next 2 years.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Education Spokesperson Aled Roberts says 'every year of failure' in the education system represents 'a group of youngsters who themselves have been failed.'
He was responding to international PISA figures showing how Wales has performed compared to other nations.