Wales in Westminster
12 February 2015
Ahead of the forthcoming General Election, the University's Wales Governance Centre is staging the first in a series of speeches tonight from Welsh leaders in Westminster.
Shadow Secretary of State for Wales Owen Smith MP will use his speech to call for a new era of partnership, respect and equality between the Westminster and Welsh governments.
The lecture is the first in the Wales in Westminster series which will see leaders offer unique insights into the thinking of political parties about the future of Wales and the UK more generally.
Speaking ahead of the lecture, Owen Smith, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, said: "I am delighted to be giving the first lecture of the Wales in Westminster series. It is an important opportunity ahead of Welsh Labour's annual conference to set out the political challenges that face modern Wales and the wider UK, as well as the need for a new era of genuine partnership, mutual respect and shared values between our two governments."
Speaking ahead of the lecture, Director of the Wales Governance Centre, Professor Richard Wyn Jones, said: "Ahead of what promises to be the most unpredictable general election in nearly a century, we are delighted to be facilitating a series of public lectures that will offer a unique insight into the thinking of our political parties about the future of Wales and the UK more generally.
"Given that the Labour Party has dominated the Welsh electoral landscape for several generations, it is particularly appropriate that the first speaker in the series is the Member of Parliament for Pontypridd, Owen Smith. Currently Shadow Secretary of State for Wales, in a few short weeks Owen Smith could well find himself taking over in Gwydyr House. His views matter and we look forward to hearing and debating them."
The lecture takes place at 5pm on Thursday 12 February 2015 at the Birt Acres Lecture Theatre, Bute Building, Cardiff University. To register for the event, click here.
Other speakers in the Wales in Westminster series are Pippa Bartolotti from the Wales Green Party (24 February), Elfyn Llwyd MP from Plaid Cymru (26 February), Mark Williams MP from the Welsh Liberal Democrats (12 March) and Nathan Gill MEP from UKIP Wales (19 March).