Power to the people of Llanelli
Sir Emyr Jones Parry, chair of the All Wales Convention, the body responsible for the public consultation on the National Assembly for Wales’s future law-making powers, will address the association prior to hosting more informal discussions in the bar of Llangennech RFC from 9pm later that same evening.
The Convention is a totally independent and impartial body. It was established to analyse the arguments for, and against, extra powers and in turn raise awareness, stimulate debate and encourage engagement amongst the people of Wales of the nationwide consultation, which runs until August 2009. Following this consultation period, the All Wales Convention, made up of 16 Executive Committee members alongside Sir Emyr, will present their findings by the end on 2009.
The Llanelli meeting forms part of the All Wales Convention’s wider public consultation process. As well as hosting debates at Welsh universities, including Swansea at 12 noon on February 20th, the convention will hold a series of public meetings, roadshows and evidence gathering events throughout Wales, visiting each Unitary Authority in turn.
Sir Emyr Jones Parry said, “Everybody has the opportunity and the right to have their say in this debate. I’d like to encourage people to tell me what they think. Everybody’s view is valid, whether it’s in favour of more powers for the Assembly or against. I want to hear both sides of the debate, from all corners of Wales.”
Ken Owen, chairman of the Llanelli branch of the Workers Educational Association, commented, “It’s a great pleasure to welcome Sir Emyr to Llanelli once again. This will be the second time that he will have addressed one of our meetings. We were fortunate enough to hear him speak when he was UK Permanent Representative to the UN and we had a very informative and enjoyable evening in his company. I’m confident that, as chair of the All Wales Convention, our forthcoming meeting will be just as stimulating and thought-provoking.”