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Blaenau Gwent Public Event – 11 June 2009

Welsh Assembly Government

Blaenau Gwent Public Event – 11 June 2009

The All Wales Convention visited Llanhilleth Institute in Blaenau Gwent last week, to host its 20th public event.

Date of Event: 11/06/2009

Discussion group in Blaenau Gwent The event was a discussion group, involving an open debate where members were able to ask questions about the future options available for law-making powers in Wales, as well as stating their own opinions on the current law-making process.

Political journalist and presenter, Mai Davies chaired the event which was attended by 21 people.

Cllr Des Hillman, Leader of Blaenau Gwent Council, welcomed all attendees present at the event.

There were mixed feelings in the audience as to whether the National Assembly for Wales should have more powers or not.

Some people felt very strongly that the National Assembly for Wales has very much benefited the people of Wales, commenting:

It has certainly given Wales a reason to walk a little taller.  It has helped to re-enforce Welsh identity and highlight the more altruistic nature of Welsh politics.

Others disagreed and commented that the National Assembly for Wales had not delivered on its promises, saying:

I think we are worse off now than we were under the Westminster Government.  We have lost Abertillery and District Hospital, our schools are closing down and library services have been reduced.

This event was part of a series of 23 public meetings being held across Wales by the Convention, who aim to engage with the Welsh public.

The next event will be taking place in Newport on 18 June 2009, followed by the final two events in Cardiff – a Roadshow on 23 June and a Question Time event on 25 June.

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