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Budget and Blaenau Gwent at the Sharp End

Adrian Masters, Political Editor

The dust is beginning to settle on yesterday’s draft budget from the assembly government, but a lot of that dust is still obscuring the details of spending cuts.

In tonight’s Sharp End, we’ll try to sweep up some of that dust for you. I’ll be interviewing the First Minister Carwyn Jones and my guests in the studio are the Conservative AM/MP Alun Cairns and Plaid Cymru’s economics guru Eurfyl ap Gwilym.

Meanwhile Lynne Courteney’s report focusses on Blaenau Gwent. Is there a more interesting Welsh constituency in political terms?

It’s been a Labour safe seat, lost by Labour, held by an Independent and won back (at Westminster) by Labour.

Now the cancer drugs campaigner Jayne Sullivan is going to try to win it as an independent although Labour in the shape of AM Alun Davies has been doing its best to win it back.

Lynne’s report also features performances from some amazingly talented youngsters at the  inauguration show for Blaenau Gwent’s Youth Mayor which was held earlier this week.

I’ve been priveleged to be invited to present the chains of office each year for the last five years. This year’s show was no exception in terms of astonishing talent and enthusiasm.

Join me on Sharp End just after 11pm on ITV1 Wales.

Even if you don’t fancy the politics, watch out for the singing and dancing!


About Adrian Masters

By day, Political Editor at ITV Wales. By night, obsessed with music and books.


One thought on “Budget and Blaenau Gwent at the Sharp End

  1. Due to the current difficult economic climate, I understand that the Welsh Assembly are no longer having meetings etc translated into welsh. I believe that this has been the policy for a number of years and indeed, I have first hand experience of such. Why then, are the Welsh Assembly insisting, through their Estyn inspections, that schools use ‘technical Welsh’ in all lesssons and in all subject areas when addressing pupils in schools? Some teachers have conversational welsh, some are welsh speakers and these people are largely employed in Welsh medium schools. This is going to be impossible to deliver, particularly in predominantly english speaking communities: teenagers are not likely to comply.If the Welsh Assembly is not sticking to it’s Welsh Speaking policy then why are they insisting that schools do so?

    Posted by angela dilley | January 12, 2011, 7:52 pm

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