Presiding Officer, Elin Jones AM was the guest speaker at Plaid Cymru Pontypridd’s St David’s Day celebration at the Ship Inn, Llantwit Fardre.
Ceredigion AM Elin Jones said: "It was a great pleasure to be in Pontypridd to mark St David's Day and to share the Assembly's exciting proposals for the future of democracy in Wales. Plans are in place for turning our National Assembly into a Welsh Parliament over the next few years and to reform the way we work. We are currently consulting on reforms which could strengthen our democracy institution which is good news for the people of Pontypridd - particularly for young people who, at 16, could be given the right to vote in elections to our National Assembly."
More details of the consultation are available here: http://senedd.assembly.wales/mgConsultationDisplay.aspx?ID=292
Pontypridd Constituency Chair Richard Martin added:
“It was a great pleasure to welcome Elin Jones, the Llywydd, to celebrate St David's Day in the Pontypridd constituency. As one of the founder members of the National Assembly for Wales, Elin has first-hand experience of the evolution of the Assembly from the early, uncertain days of the 'body politic' to the upcoming full implementation of a reserved powers model, which will stand us on equal footing with the other parliaments in the British Union.
“In coming to our community and sharing stories from the span of this constitutional journey, Elin has helped inspire future Welsh parliamentarians from Rhondda Cynon Taf.
“In 2018 the Assembly will begin the process of creating the first Welsh Parliament of the modern era made in Wales, for Wales and events like this are the perfect example of the openness and accessibility we want to retain as we move towards the next stage of Welsh democracy."