Wales delivers strong 'yes' in the Assembly powers vote

Wales delivers strong 'yes' in the Assembly powers vote

By staff writers
5 Mar 2011

The Welsh referendum on 3 March 2011 has produced a resounding 'yes' for the country's National Assembly having full law-making powers.

Twenty-one of the 22 local authority areas recorded a majority, 517,132 people (63.5 per cent), who voted Yes, against 297,380 (36.5 per cent) who voted No.

At 35.6 per cent, turnout was higher than the 34.1 per cent achieved in the referendum to set up the London Assembly.

The result means that the Welsh Assembly will be able to make its own laws without having to go through what has been seen as a bureaucratic and stalled process of seeking transfers of power from Westminster on a piecemeal basis.

The 'Yes for Wales' campaign - which has brought together faith and secular voluntary organisations, charities, environmentalists, businesses, community groups and others - has expressed delight at the outcome.

Ekklesia was one of the many bodies backing the 'yes' vote. Co-director Simon Barrow commented: “This is the next logical step in the devolution and empowerment process – which is about giving the localities and nations of these islands a real say and stake in governing their lives. For people of faith – and those of no religious belief but plenty of ‘good faith’ – accessible, accountable and effective governance is about calling power to account.”

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