1997 – Welsh Devolution Referendum

1997 – Welsh Devolution Referendum

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Wales overwhelmingly rejected a devolved assembly in 1979 by a margin of 80%-20%. After Tony Blair won the general election of May 1997, part of his vision for a ‘New Britain’ includes devolved institutions in Scotland and Wales. Scotland is very likely to accept both a Parliament and tax raising powers for a devolved parliament but Wales tends to be more sceptical of devolution. Labour and the Liberal Democrats are pushing hard for a yes vote and Plaid Cymru has reluctantly accepted Labour’s proposals even though they don’t think the plans go far enough. Meanwhile the no campaign is mainly made up of Conservatives but was formed by dissident Labour members, Carys Pugh and Betty Bowen, in the working class Labour stronghold of the Rhondda. They are less well organised than the establishment backed yes campaign but are nevertheless confident of victory. Can the yes campaign win in Wales or will the no side deal the first blow to Tony Blair and his New Labour government?

Yes For Wales Campaign

  • Rt. Hon. Ron Davies MP (Labour)
  • Rt. Hon. Dafydd Wigley MP (Plaid Cymru)
  • Rt. Hon. Peter Hain MP (Labour)
  • Mr. Leighton Andrews (Labour)

Just Say NO Campaign

  • Professor Nick Bourne (Conservative)
  • Mrs Carys Pugh (Labour)
  • Dr Tim Williams (Labour)
  • Mr. Robert Hodge

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