Wales needs more say over its affairs - First Minister

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.

People in Wales may disagree with the particular policies or actions of the Welsh Government, but they do value having a Welsh Government which is more accountable to them, through their National Assembly, than the Government in London can ever be.

We think that there should be a presumption in favour of devolution, so that Welsh domestic affairs are determined in Cardiff, unless there is a good policy or practical reason why not.

– First Minister, Carwyn Jones AM

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.

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First Minister's powers call

The First Minister calls for a wide-ranging transfer of powers from Westminster, saying that 'there should be a presumption in favour of devolution, so that Welsh domestic affairs are determined in Cardiff'