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QUEEN'S SPEECH 'ABUSE' - PLAID CYMRU

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The Queen's speech heralds an abuse of parliament, with the legislative programme deliberately used to trigger a pa...
The Queen's speech heralds an abuse of parliament, with the legislative programme deliberately used to trigger a party political dogfight on the floor of the house of commons, says Plaid Cymru president Dafydd Wigley. After the address, Mr Wigley, MP for Caernarfon, said:

'This programme has nothing to do with the legislative needs of Wales, and everything to do with the desperation of a Tory government which has long since passed its sell-by date. They have reduced parliament from being a legislature to a hustings platform for the coming election.

'Plaid Cymru will use the coming months to project in parliament the needs of Wales, for which Westminster has no time to legislate'.

Mr Wigley has now written to the speaker of the house of commons, Betty Boothroyd, calling for the rules that provide for inter-party balance in broadcasting during elections to be applied to proceedings in the house of commons between now and the general election.

This is vital now that parliament is being used by the major parties as a forum for the election run-up debate, Mr Wigley said in his letter.
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