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Welsh Assembly group leader Nick Bourne AM and Shadow Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan launched their new campaign slogan last night – "Vote Welsh Conservative for a change".

The Welsh Conservatives are meeting in the Glamorgan County Cricket Club this weekend for their annual conference. In advance of the conference they have pledged to make a 1% efficiency saving on the Assembly’s annual budget, and spending it on giving over 300,000 pensioner households a £100 rebate on their council tax bills.

Bourne said at the press conference that the Party’s private polling was very positive. Today he will attack the centralisation of power at the Assembly and propose ways to encourage people "to think locally about tackling climate change", such as through a £25m energy-saving light bulb scheme.

The new manifesto, due to published later this month, has caused several internal disagreements however. The main sticking points are proportional representation in local government, the official status of the Welsh language, whether to have a bank holiday on St David’s Day, and the extent to which policing powers should be devolved.

Deputy Editor

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