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NATIONALIST LEADERS SPELL OUT POST-REFERENDUM AIMS

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Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond will today tell party delegates in Rothsay to start preparing for the n...
Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond will today tell party delegates in Rothsay to start preparing for the new Scottish parliament, reported BBC Radio 4's Today programme. In his main conference address, Salmond is expected to describe the parliament as the best opportunity the SNP has ever had. He is convinced the SNP can win independence for Scotland by using Labour's devolved parliament as a stepping stone.

His message will be that the way to success is to make the new parliament work well. Salmond's argument is that when the Scots see what a parliament with limited powers can achieve they will soon realise what could be done with full independence. He will use his keynote speech to set out the work that lies ahead on the road to the 1999 elections. He will press for formal discussions with the other parties on the mechanics of the new parliament and he will call for proportional representation in Scottish local government elections.

Plaid Cymru leader Dafydd Wigley describes last week's referendum result as 'a watershed for Wales'. At the party conference in Aberystwyth today he will call on the people of Wales to heal the divisions opened up by the campaign.

Plaid Cymru campaigned strongly for a 'yes' vote in the referendum even though it believes the Welsh assembly proposed by the government is too weak. Wigley will tell the conference that Plaid Cymru will play its part in the healing process. He will accuse opponents of devolution of mounting a vicious campaign of misinformation to sow seeds of hostility between different groups and areas of Wales.

Although the referendum was a watershed in Welsh history, he will call on the government to grant the Welsh assembly the same powers to tax and make laws as those given to the Scottish parliament.
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