Welsh people urged to vote for change today

Welsh people urged to vote for change today

By staff writers
3 Mar 2011

The ‘Yes for Wales’ campaign has urged voters to ‘go out and vote Yes’ in today's (3 March 2011) referendum on the future of the National Assembly.

Addressing voters at an eve of polling day event at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, Roger Lewis, Chair of the Yes for Wales campaign declared: “This is crunch time. We’ve taken our message to thousands of people across the country and the response on the ground has been very positive. People recognise that it makes sense that laws which affect the people of Wales are made in Wales. But we’re not taking anything for granted. It’s vital that people make the effort tomorrow to go out and vote Yes for a stronger voice for Wales.”

Roger Lewis was joined at the event by former First Minister and local AM Rhodri Morgan; Katie Dalton, President, National Union of Students; Caroline Oag, Cymru Yfory; and Ali Yassine, Vice Chair, Yes for Wales, before taking to the streets of Cardiff for a final day of campaigning.

Charities, faith groups, women, businesses and environmentalists are among the huge 'civic coalition of the willing' backing a reform which will give the Welsh Assembly direct decision-making power over a number of key issues, rather than having to seek permission from London.

Roger Lewis added: "“Thursday is a chance to bring Wales together and look to a positive, confident future. But don’t leave it to somebody else. Yes supporters need to turn out on polling day to make sure we win right across Wales.”

The editorial piece in a recent Guardian newspaper also agreed with the need for a ‘Yes’ vote, arguing that: With Wales now due to lose 10 of its 40 Westminster MPs under boundary revisions before 2015, it is more than ever reasonable for the assembly to take effective control over the devolution settlement. Wales should vote yes.

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