Welsh Rugby Union chief Roger Lewis will chair the launch of the official Yes campaign for the March referendum in north-east Wales on Wednesday (January 5).
The public meeting at the Catrin Finch Centre, Glyndwr University, Wrexham, will hear speakers including local Labour AM Lesley Griffiths, Plaid honorary president Dafydd Wigley and council leader Aled Roberts unite to support a Yes vote on March 3. A speaker from the Conservative party has also been invited. The campaign also has the backing of trade unionists and local community campaigners.
Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths said: “This referendum is about how we can improve things for the future of our country and its people. It is vital we communicate this message to the people of Wales, so that they know exactly what they are voting for and why a Yes vote is important to them.”
Dafydd Wigley added: "Under the current Government of Wales Act, if the National Assembly want to change the law in Wales on devolved matters such as education, housing or local government, they can only do so if they get the advance permission of the House of Lords. It is an affront to democracy and an insult to Wales that an unelected chamber in London can veto the wishes of our democratically elected Assembly.
"Those who have had to work with the present system are agreed that there needs to be a Yes vote on 3rd March. With all four parties in the Assembly supporting this change, I hope that Welsh voters - whatever their political allegience - will give the Assembly the tools they need to make devolution work effectively for Wales."
A local campaign spokesman said: "This referendum is about giving power to the people. The Yes campaign is one that is going to be delivered in this part of Wales by ordinary people on the ground. This meeting is a chance to bring people together and get the local Yes campaign off to a great start.
“The people of Wales are no less capable of making their own decisions than those in Scotland or Northern Ireland, yet our system is lacking in comparison.
“People in Wales deserve to have the rights to decide how they want their country run. It is time this expensive and long-winded system is ended and instead people in Wales, not committees in Westminster, took control.
“A Yes vote would be a clear sign that as a nation we are ready to take greater responsibility in shaping Wales for future generations. March 3rd is our chance to say Yes for Wales and give ourselves and our children the best possible future.”
The meeting starts at 7pm and everyone is welcome.
Tuesday, 4 January 2011
Yes campaign focused on giving power to the people
Press release for Yes for Wales campaign: