Baron Wigley deliberates the reform of the Second Chamber

Posted on 2 February 2012
Baron Wigley

Baron Wigley lectures to the group

On the 20th January in the Old Normal Building at Bangor University, a large group of over 30 people gathered to listen to a fascinating and revealing lecture by Baron Wigley.

Granted Peerage in 2010, the former Plaid Cymru leader sits as a cross-bencher in the House of Lords and is the first Plaid Cymru politician to go to the House of Lords with his party's blessing.

Organised by the Bangor Branch of the University of Wales Alumni Association, branch secretary Megan Hughes-Tomos shares her views on the evening:

“Welcoming over thirty people to the meeting the Chairman, Professor Gareth Roberts, said that the overall impression he had was that there was much anticipation as to what Baron Wigley was to discuss in his lecture.

We listened intently for forty minutes to a comprehensive and revealing lecture on his election to the House of Lords, Plaid Cymru’s attitude towards the House of Lords, and the House’s present situation following recent changes, and the White Paper which is currently under discussion. 

However, the lecture covered so much more than that. He explained why his own Party changed its attitude towards membership of the House of Lords and why having a presence there is important, but at a time when the future constitution of the United Kingdom is in the balance as Scotland prepares to hold a referendum, the whole subject of the future of the Second Chamber could be overtaken by another discussion. He discussed that it may be more timely and relevant to consider establishing a second chamber which would represent a federal system of devolved states should Scotland wish for a broader measure of independence.

Following the lecture, many probing questions were asked and as the evening came to an end, the consensus was that it was good to listen to Baron Wigley once again, be it as a Peer, an Assembly Member or a Member of Parliament”.

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