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St David's Day devolution deal

The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister have announced a range of new powers for the National Assembly following months of cross-party talks. Ministers say it's a 'landmark moment' for Wales - but the proposals have also come in for criticism.

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Tories delivering devolution claims Cameron

David Cameron describes the announcement as a 'landmark in Welsh devolution' Credit: Laura Lean/Press Association Images

The Prime Minister says that today's expected announcement of further powers for the Assembly and Welsh Government is part of the Conservative party's 'ambitious, long-term plan for Wales.'

David Cameron said:

This is a further important landmark in Welsh Devolution, which will allow the next Parliament to legislate for a stronger, fairer settlement for the people of Wales.

Conservatives have an ambitious, long-term plan for Wales and we want the Welsh Government to use these new powers as tools to help grow the Welsh economy from the inside up.

By securing fair funding for Wales, we have removed the final barrier to the Welsh Government holding a referendum on income tax.

As Conservatives, we believe that politicians should be responsible for raising some of the money they spend, and it is now time that the Welsh Government gives the people of Wales the chance to decide on this matter.

Right across the UK it is the Conservatives who are delivering on devolution.

In Scotland, Northern Ireland, the regions and cities of England, on English votes for English laws and on devolution for Wales, we are giving people more say over the decisions that affect them.

– David Cameron MP, Prime Minister

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