Will Plaid get its referendum?

30 March 2008

Tom Griffin (London, The Green Ribbon): In a marked contrast to the political battle in Scotland, Labour and the nationalists are in Government together in Wales. Yet it seems the path to further devolution may not be running any smoother as a result.

Wales on Sunday challenged Plaid Cymru leader Ieuan Wyn Jones on the issue at this weekend's party conference:

It will be interesting to see how Plaid’s foot soldiers react to the fact there is not going to be a referendum on giving further powers to the Assembly, as promised in Plaid and Labour’s coalition deal, by 2011.

Officially, it’s still set to go ahead – depending on the All-Wales Convention set to start work soon – but the signs from the Wales Office and Welsh Secretary Paul Murphy are not good.

“Yeah, well... that’s not the view of the Government here,” says Mr Jones.

He said both he and Rhodri Morgan still intend to honour the agreement and have a referendum before 2011. “That’s provided, of course, that we’re satisfied that we can win it,” he adds.

Is Plaid being strung along by Labour, or has it gained some leverage over the Westminster process that SNP does not have?

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