June 18, 2004
Summary: A campaign group, Tomorrow's Wales, is promoting
Wales switching to a PR-STV system of proportional representation for their
Launch of Lobby for More Powers
By Martin Shipton, The Western Mail
June 18, 2004
A BROAD-BASED campaign
group called Tomorrow's Wales, aimed at securing more powers for the National
Assembly, will be unveiled today.
Chaired by the Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, it will press for the
recommendations of the Richard Commission to be implemented in full.
The Commission, which reported in March, said the Assembly should get full law-
making powers, and that the number of AMs should be increased to 80, all elected
by the single-transferable vote system of proportional representation.
The Archbishop's press officer, Sin Brynach, said last night, "Since May
13, when Archbishop Barry Morgan announced that he was to chair a movement to
support and promote the recommendations of the Richard Commission, much has been
happening in the background."
He said the movement is to be known as Cymru Yfory/Tomorrow's Wales.
Progress had been made in drawing together an executive committee from
representatives of the business sector, the trades unions, academia, the legal
profession, the voluntary sector and faith communities.
The first of Tomorrow's Wales' public meetings will be held in partnership with
the University of Wales, Aberystwyth's Institute for Welsh Politics at the
National Eisteddfod in early August, and the movement's web site will be
launched during the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, Professor Richard Rawlings of the London School of Economics, one of
Britain's top devolution experts, will tonight warn an academic audience that
the Welsh Assembly Government is "rowing back" on the Richard
recommendations "in a way that is contrary to the essential spirit of the
In the Centre for Welsh Legal Affairs Annual Lecture at the University of
Wales, Aberystwyth, Prof Rawlings will argue that the Commission "has
demonstrated a robust independence, has crossed swords effectively with the
Secretary of State for Wales, [and] has confounded the expectations of the local
political and administrative machine."