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Welsh Labour MP is ‘happy’ for Commission to look at independence

11 Feb 2022 3 minutes Read
Beth Winter and David TC Davies. Pictures by David Woolfall and Chris McAndrew (CC BY 3.0).

A Labour MP has said she is “happy” for a Constitutional Commission considering Wales’ future to look at the idea of independence.

Beth Winter, the MP for the Cynon Valley spoke about the independent Commission, which was set up by the Welsh Government, during a meeting of the Welsh Grand Committee in Westminster.

The Labour politician was asked about the subject by David TC Davies, a minister in the UK Government’s Wales Office, and in response she said that she has “no problem” with the Commission looking at “every possibility”

She argued that it is the “people of Wales who should decide”, the country’s future, and argued that those on the Commission have an “open mind as to what the recommendations could be in the future.”

The Commission is headed up by co-chairs Professor Laura McAllister, and Rowan Williams, a former Archbishop of Canterbury.

Monmouth MP David TC Davies has previously claimed that the co-chairs are not “objective” in an article for the Monmouthshire Beacon.

He predicted that the report would call for the Senedd to receive a “vast range of extra powers”, and for the First Minister of Wales to be given the power to “block” non-devolved laws from Westminster.

In the same article he also defended voting against Welsh devolution.

He said that he did so “on the grounds that it was a Trojan horse” that would be used by nationalists to achieve Welsh independence.

In the the Welsh Grand Committee, David TC Davies said: “Is the hon. Lady, as a member of the Labour party, comfortable that the commission has said that it is going to look at every question, including the question of independence? Is she happy that it will consider that?”

‘Every possibility’ 

Beth Winter replied: “I am happy that the commission will look at every possibility, because it is the people of Wales who should decide the future of Wales, so I have no a problem with that.

“The commission itself comprises a wide cross-section of Welsh society, including academics and labour unions as well as politicians, and they have an open mind as to what the recommendations could be in the future.

“We need to transform the UK into a voluntary partnership of nations that are equally democratic and where people feel that they can really take back control.

“If we are politicians to represent the interests of the majority of the people, there needs to be a different vision of a country, based on fairness, putting people before profit and devolving powers, thus giving wealth, opportunities and power into the hands of local communities.

“It is high time we had this discussion about the future of the Union, because it is to do with democracy and how we form our future and take back control, to give voice to those we are here to represent and work hand in hand with others to create a fairer, greener future across the UK that recognises and respects differences and therefore satisfies the needs of the people of Britain.”

 


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Gareth
Gareth
3 months ago

If David TC Davies is so against the people of Wales deciding on the direction our country should take, and is determined not to accept the views of the electorate, why on earth is he an MP in Wales. Should he not resign, and stand as a rep for an English constituency, and leave us to get on with things.

Richard
Richard
3 months ago
Reply to  Gareth

Gareth you may racall his patch was a pro outward looking area in the
Brexit vote …so of course he supported the local will of the people ???????

Gareth
Gareth
3 months ago
Reply to  Richard

A broken clock is right twice a day.

Richard
Richard
3 months ago
Reply to  Gareth

Ha ha 😂

Leigh Richardss
Leigh Richardss
3 months ago

Never thought i’d see the day when i’d hear a Welsh Labour MP speak like this – very encouraging.

Mr Williams
Mr Williams
3 months ago

“people of Wales who should decide”
Thank you. I’m glad an MP has led on the basic issue of what democracy is.

Quornby
Quornby
3 months ago

We have a surfeit of collaberationists in Wales……. Some of their utterences are truly Quislingesque.

I.Humphrys
I.Humphrys
3 months ago

Until we achieve our goal, don’t let BBC documentaries, mealy mouthed Tories nor any iffy commissions stop us. They are merely flies buzzing around our ears. Yes Cymru!

Last edited 3 months ago by I.Humphrys
Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
3 months ago

Wales is just a rubbing stone for Tory politicians and some journalists…

Actors and musicians on the other hand tend to feel comfortable in their skin…

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