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03 December 2009
Senior Welsh Conservatives, BBC Wales’ political correspondents and leading Welsh political experts will descend on the University this week (Friday 4th December) to consider what life could be like for Wales following a Conservative general election victory.
The all-day conference, which takes place at the University’s Glamorgan building, is organised jointly by the University’s Wales Governance Centre and Institute of Welsh Affairs.
The conference will hear from key speakers who’ll each consider what life could be like when governments of completely different political complexion are in power in Westminster and Cardiff Bay.
Director of the Wales Governance Centre, School of European studies, Dr Richard Wyn Jones said: "Whilst there are still some months to go to a general election and the opinion polls do seem to be tightening, all the signs still seem to indicate the real possibility of a Conservative victory at the next UK general election.
"If this does prove to be the case then this will be the first time we have governments of completely different political colours in Westminster and Cardiff Bay.
"This conference is an opportunity therefore to consider the implications this may have for key areas of life - including in policy areas like health and education, relations with the Welsh Assembly Government and major constitutional questions, like additional legislative powers for the National Assembly."
The conference, which will be Chaired by BBC Wales’ Political Editor, Betsan Powys, will hear from senior Conservative politicians including leader of the Welsh Conservatives, Nick Bourne AM and Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, Cheryl Gillan MP.
In addition, the conference will also hear from Sir Emyr Parry-Jones, who recently published a major report into the powers of the National Assembly as well as leading UK academics Professor James Mitchell, Department of Government, Strathclyde University, Alan Trench, University of Edinburgh and Professor Robert Hazell, Director, Constitution Unit, University College London.
Further information and a full list of speakers is available on the IWA’s website at: www.iwa.org.uk/publications/pdfs/LifeUnderTories.pdf.
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