Referendum seminar

17 January 2011

The Department of International Politics building.
The Department of International Politics building.

In the run-up to the 3rd March Referendum, the Institute of Welsh Politics and WCVA’s Voices for Change Cymru project are running two seminars, in Aberystwyth and Cardiff. These aim to provide information about the referendum and offer people the chance to discuss and debate the potential implications of the referendum for people’s daily lives in key policy areas.

The Aberystwyth Seminar will be held at the Department of International Politics on 19th January, from 1730 – 1900. (Light refreshments will be available from 1700). This seminar will feature a short introduction to the Referendum by Voices for Change Cymru, and then discussion of the potential implications for Rural Affairs, the Environment and the Economy. The event will be chaired by Dr Elin Royles; the main speakers will be Huw Thomas (NFU Cymru), Morgan Parry (Chair, Countryside Council for Wales) and Russell Lawson (Federation of Small Businesses).

The Cardiff seminar will be held at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay on 26th January from 1730 – 1900 (with light refreshments from 1700). The Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales, Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas will open the seminar, which will also feature a short introduction to the Referendum by Voices for Change Cymru, and focus primarily on Health and Social Care, Social Justice, and Housing. The event will be chaired by Prof Roger Scully; the main speakers will be Lisa Turnbull (Royal College of Nursing), Fran Targett (Citizens Advice Cymru), and John Puzey (Shelter Cymru).

Looking forward to these seminars, Prof Scully, the Director of the Institute of Welsh Politics, commented “Over the next two months, the Yes and No campaigns in the referendum will be making great efforts to persuade people to vote one way or the other. In these seminars we are trying to do something rather different: to spend some time considering what the implications of the referendum result might be for people’s daily lives. We hope that this will help participants in the seminars become more informed about what is at stake, and what sort of Wales we might see after the referendum – whatever the result.”

These seminars are free to attend, and open to anyone who wishes to do so. Please RSVP to the address below to register: Sefydliad Gwleidyddiaeth Cymru / Institute of Welsh Politics: sgc.iwp@aber.ac.uk.

The Institute of Welsh Politics
The Institute of Welsh Politics is an independent and non-partisan research centre within the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University. It was established to promote the academic study and analysis of all aspects of Welsh politics. Reflecting its institutional home within the oldest Department of International Relations in the world, the work of the Institute focuses not only on the political process within Wales, but also on Wales' political and political-economic relations within Britain, Europe and the wider world.

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Gwenan Creunant, Institute of Welsh Politics, 01970 622336 / gwc@aber.ac.uk