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Lib Dems admit MPs made error over power vote

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MPs are debating the Bill affecting home education

Liberal Democrats say an "error" led to several of their MPs supporting an attempt to block new powers for the Welsh assembly.

Six signed an amendment to a new law that would have stopped the assembly acquiring powers over home education.

The Lib Dems are in favour of more devolution, and their Welsh education spokeswoman Jenny Randerson said her colleagues had signed in error.

They will now remove their names from a Conservative MP's amendment.

MPs are debating the Bill that would give the assembly the power to make laws in the field of home education.

Tory MP Graham Stuart has tabled an amendment to to block this part of the Bill.

Mrs Randerson said: "My colleagues in Westminster subscribed to this amendment in error and will be removing their names from this Tory amendment.

"David Laws, the Lib Dem education spokesperson will, during the debate, argue in favour of devolving these powers to Wales."

Plaid Cymru MP Hywel Williams said: "The Welsh Lib Dems in London are saying one thing and their apparent juniors over the border in Wales are saying something completely different.

"The London Lib Dem leadership clearly just does not get devolution."



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