New step forward for referendum welcomed

Plaid Cymru Leader and Deputy First Minister of Wales Ieuan Wyn Jones AM has announced the Welsh government’s preferred date for the planned referendum on further powers for the National Assembly. The two coalition partners have agreed that the poll should be held on Thursday, 3rd March 2011. Local politicians Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM and Jonathan Edwards MP have welcomed the news and have said the historical vote will give Carmarthenshire a real chance to shape the way Wales is run.

Ieuan Wyn Jones AM said:

“This is an important and symbolic step in the process of arranging the referendum and it clearly signals that the countdown to the vote is well underway. I’m proud that Plaid in government has realised this hugely important commitment to bring about this referendum. The current system is slow, cumbersome, and highly bureaucratic and it needs to be changed. We’re committed to taking action to bring about real change and real improvements.

“I look forward now to seeing formal developments to set up a Yes campaign which can get out there and further make the case for this important and historic improvement in our system of government to be accepted. Cross party efforts are already underway, to ensure a dynamic and determined campaign.”

Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM added:

“There is little doubt that the current system does not work. It is slow, ineffective and often ignores the needs of Wales. We have unique challenges that need a unique Welsh voice and a successful referendum will provide that.

“I am looking forward to outlining the reasons a YES vote and a successful referendum is so important.”

Jonathan Edwards MP said:

“Carmarthenshire’s vote secured the establishment of the National Assembly and won the 1997 referendum. Our county’s voice will be equally important in this campaign and I hope that people of all political parties are out campaigning together to make sure that this opportunity is taken and Wales is given more of a say about its own future.”

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