Clegg to promise wide-ranging powers for Wales

Nick Clegg is expected to commit his party to a wide-ranging devolution of powers to Wales in its manifesto for next year's UK Election. The Deputy Prime Minister is to make the promise during his speech to the Welsh Liberal Democrat conference in Newport.

He'll promise that the party's 2015 manifesto will use the recent Silk Commission as a 'blueprint.' The Commission recommended devolving powers over policing, youth justice, energy decisions and teachers' pay.

Last week, Ed Miliband came to Wales with a half-baked promise to make changes to the Welsh settlement, missing out a whole range of important recommendations made by Silk.

Where Labour failed to meet those challenges; the Liberal Democrats will rise to them and I will be the first party leader to fully commit my party to including those proposals in our 2015 manifesto.

The Silk Commission recommendations will be the blueprint for our 2015 manifesto.

Unlike other parties, we are a democratic party and the final manifesto will be approved by our members, but I am clear that just as the Silk Commission has recommended, I want us to fight the next election proposing that we take on the recommendations of the Silk Commission to give you the tools you need to get on with the job.

Because in the General Election next year, Welsh Liberal Democrats in this hall, and beyond, will be able to say to the people of Wales: yes, we are the party of devolution, arguing for it since the days of Lloyd George, yes, we have and we are delivering on our promise of strengthening devolution and yes, we are the only party that is willing and able to give the people of Wales more and better devolution.

– Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister

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Welsh Liberal Democrat conference

Welsh Liberal Democrats are holding their conference in Newport