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Wrexham invited to question Convention

Welsh Assembly Government

Wrexham invited to question Convention

The All Wales Convention will be hosting a public discussion group event at Glyndwr University, Wrexham from 6.30pm-8.30pm on Thursday, April 23rd.

The event aims to provide information on the work of the All Wales Convention and engage members of the public in the big debate on the future direction of the National Assembly. The key questions for discussion revolve around how the people of Wales want the National Assembly to increase its law-making powers – to keep with the current step-by-step approach, or to get the powers all in one go. The event will be hosted by popular TV personality Arfon Haines-Davies.

A new online forum is also up and running which will allow the people of north east Wales to have an interactive opportunity to share their opinions on what they think about devolution in Wales.

The All Wales Convention, chaired by Sir Emyr Jones Parry, 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 is now open.  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 of 2009.

Originally from Wrexham but now lives in Llangollen, Pol Wong has already pre-registered for the Wrexham Discussion Group at Glyndwr University on 23 April.

Pol says:

I think the All Wales Convention public consultation is very important as it is a chance for the people of Wales to talk about the future of their country. I’m open to discussion as to how new powers are introduced, but it is vital that not only the discussion but the process is begun to move Wales forwards.

The Assembly has had a good start in the last ten years and now’s the time to  develop further and discuss how to connect the Assembly with the people of Wales and for the Assembly to move closer to truly representing and leading the Welsh nation.

Sir Emyr Jones Parry, said:

There exists a unique opportunity for the people of Wales to ask if the current powers available to the National Assembly are enough or whether it is the right time for Wales to take the next step towards full law-making powers.

Everyone’s view is valid, and we want to hear about those views and why you hold them.  We as the All Wales Convention are not arguing for, or against, any particular standpoint with regard to the Assembly’s powers, or as to whether a referendum should be held.

However, there is a strict time limit on this debate – between now and August.  If people choose not to get involved in the debate once fully aware of its implications, then that is of course their privilege – I will be happy that they have been consulted and given the opportunity to get involved if they wish.

We want to inform and engage as many people as possible to enable them to make informed decisions on whether they would like more powers or not for their Assembly in the future.

Our mission, therefore, is to meet, talk and reach out to every corner of Wales and inform people in a clear fashion of their chance to join in the debate, and to explain the options to them in a way which resonates with everyday life. Coming to Glyndwr University, Wrexham is a great way of doing that.

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We would like to thank everybody who took the time to contribute to the debate through our online forum.