Open Government in the Plaid Cymru Manifesto
We’ve been scanning through the party manifestos for policies relevant to open government. This is what we’ve found in the Plaid Cymru Manifesto. Have we missed anything?
Plaid Cymru Manifesto
Briefing on commitments of interest to open government reformers
Read the Plaid Cymru Manifesto here.
|Quote from the manifesto
|Written constitution for Wales
All powers should be given to Wales except those the Welsh people agree should be kept by Westminster, as is the case in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Plaid Cymru will push for a written constitution for Wales which will be guided by its citizens not by politicians. Developing the Welsh constitution in this way will enable us to consider the society we want to build, not just where the powers should be held.
|Devolution to Wales
|We want to see the full transfer to the Welsh Government of the powers recommended in both reports by the Commission on Devolution in Wales as quickly as possible so it will be possible to create a better, fairer and more
prosperous society for the people of Wales.
|Support for STV for all elections
|We want to see the Single Transferable Vote used, where applicable, for all elections, so that as many votes as possible count towards the election of a representative.
|Elected representatives must be answerable to the people. We support a right to recall Members of Parliament, and other elected representatives, who have broken the law or otherwise brought their role into disrepute. We want to see an elected House of Lords, elected by Single Transferable Vote, while decisions affecting Wales continue to be made there. There should be a Welsh constituency for elections, with a weighted balance to ensure that Wales is heard on all matters and a reduction in the number of members in the second chamber. We do not approve of the current patronage appointment system to the second chamber.
|Remove part two of the Lobbying Act
|We will remove part two of the Lobbying Act and will ensure that the lobbying system is genuinely transparent with appropriate access to all.
|We will give local newspapers the status of ‘community assets’ so that owners could not close them without communities having the opportunity to keep their paper.