Understanding devolution in Wales
Understanding devolution in Wales

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Understanding devolution in Wales


This free course was written by Valerie Livingston. It was first published in March 2021.

It was adapted and expanded from a course on OpenLearn Create, The long road to Welsh devolution, written by Graham Day.

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Welsh Labour logo: courtesy of Welsh Labour

Plaid Cymru logo: courtesy of Plaid Cymru - Party of Wales

Welsh Conservatives logo: Copyright 2021 The Welsh Conservative Party

Welsh Liberal Democrats logo: courtesy of Liberal Democrats

UKIP Wales logo: courtesy of UKIP Wales

Figure 1: Crown Copyright; http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ doc/ open-government-licence/ version/ 3/

Figure 2: (c) The National Library of Wales 2015

Figure 4: courtesy of Welsh Labour

Figure 5: Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru/The National Library of Wales 2021; Creative Archive License

Figure 7: top image: Anna Stowe / Alamy Stock Photo; UK Parliament; bottom image: https://www.parliament.uk/ site-information/ copyright-parliament/ open-parliament-licence/

Figure 11: Senedd Cymru; Welsh Parliament


Video 1: The Queen opens the first Welsh Assembly, 1999, BBC Wales Today, 27 May 1999

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