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Welsh eyes on Scottish powers' pledge

Close attention is being paid in Wales to the recommendations of the Smith Commission to give Scotland sweeping new powers including control of income tax and the welfare system

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Wales must not be left behind by Scotland say Lib Dems

I welcome today’s Smith Commission report which I believe is another giant step towards the long held Liberal Democrat vision of a Federal United Kingdom and Home Rule.

While Scotland’s future devolution settlement is clear, the same can not be said for Wales – that needs to change as Wales must not be left behind.

First and foremost, Wales must speak with one voice if we are to be heard. All parties had representatives on the Silk Commission, therefore all parties should at the very least subscribe to the main thrust of the Commission’s proposals. So far, only the Liberal Democrats have done so in Westminster.

The Smith Commission’s report is wide-ranging and many of the proposals would also be appropriate for Wales. Momentum for devolution is moving faster now than it has for years. We must take this opportunity to ensure Wales gets the powers it needs to help build a stronger economy and fairer society.

– Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Kirsty Williams AM

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