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'No Better Time for Welsh Autonomy'

Magazine article Public Finance

'No Better Time for Welsh Autonomy'

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Plaid Cymru leader Ieuan Wyn Jones has said the economic downturn presents an opportunity to argue for greater self-government in Wales.

Jones, who is deputy first minister in the coalition Welsh Assembly Government told his party's spring conference on April 4 that 'there was no better time to argue for more self-government'.

His speech to the conference came two days after he and Labour's First Minister Rhodri Morgan gave evidence to the All Wales Convention on a referendum for further devolution in Wales.

The convention was set up by the Welsh government to gauge opinion on further devolution and encourage public debate on a referendum. It is due to report at the end of 2009.

In evidence to the convention on April 2, the CBI business lobby said that a referendum would not be appropriate as the Welsh Assembly had yet to prove itself to the business community in Wales. …

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