Adrian Masters

By day, Political Editor at ITV Wales. By night, obsessed with music and books.
Adrian Masters has written 137 posts for ITV Wales blog

Cheryl Gillan criticises Carwyn Jones’ ‘isolationism’

The Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan has written an article for the Conservative Home website attacking what she says is the iincreasing isolationism of the First Minister. Welsh Labour has responded fiercely. I’ll quote both in full. First here’s Cheryl Gillan’s article: Cheryl Gillan MP, Secretary of State for Wales, accuses Labour in Wales of taking … Continue reading

Old Masters’ Almanack for 2012

If 2011 can rightly claim to have been one of the busiest ever years in Welsh politics, 2012 is going to give it a good run for its money. Here, in no particular order, is my list of just some of what you can expect to crop up in January alone: New Parliamentary boundaries for … Continue reading

First Ministers of Wales & Scotland write joint letter to David Cameron

Following separate letters to the Prime Minister last week setting out concerns about the effect on Wales and Scotland of David Cameron’s approach to the EU, Carwyn Jones and Alex Salmond have this afternoon sent the following letter: The Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP Prime Minister 10 Downing Street London SW1A 0AA 21 December 2011 … Continue reading

Councillors’ pay – rises for some, cuts for others.

Some top councillors here in Wales will be paid more and others will get a pay cut under new pay rules set for them by an independent panel. The Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales has used new powers to tell local authorities what they must pay councillors. Previously it had only set maximum amounts. It … Continue reading

How wealthy do you feel?

The answer to the question posed at the top of this post will probably be, if you live in Wales, considerably less well off than you did three or four years ago. Some interesting figures published by the Office for National Statistics shows that here we believe that the things we own are worth more … Continue reading

Office Politics

I won’t add to the reports of the latest spat between the Welsh Government and the Wales Office, this time over office space in London. The BBC has a full account of the row here. The Inside Out blog has some sympathy with the Welsh Government and makes some perceptive observations here while the Freedom Central … Continue reading

Carwyn Jones’ letter to the Prime Minister

Here’s the text of the letter which First Minister Carwyn Jones has sent to David Cameron in the wake of the Prime Minister’s EU veto. He’s also called for an early meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee. I am concerned at the apparently new position of the UK in the European Union following your meeting … Continue reading

Negotiating the Welsh Budget in public and in hindsight

At the time, the exchange in First Minister’s Questions between Carwyn Jones and Kirsty Williams less than a fortnight ago (November 15th) seemed to see the two leaders going through the usual FMQs motions. The only difference was that later that afternoon saw Labour’s draft budget defeated in a vote in the Assembly. In the … Continue reading

Assembly voting system: Conservatives join Labour (sort of)

If you’re reading this, you almost certainly know about the ongoing row over the possibility or otherwise of change in the way Assembly Members are elected and the controversy surrounding the position Welsh Labour’s taken on it. If you don’t you can read what I’ve said about it before here and here. Now Labour’s upping the … Continue reading

Welsh budget talks update

Just  a few points to update you with so far today. The Welsh Government met Plaid Cymru last night (Wednesday) following a similar meeting with the Liberal Democrats on Tuesday. There’s no official word on how the meeting went. A Welsh Government source would only say, We are not providing a running commentary on these … Continue reading

Talks Tuesday: Welsh Budget latest

I freely admit that I’m guilty of over-selling with the title of this blogpost, but I have to lure you in somehow. But it would be downright lying if I told you there was any kind of resolution to the deadlocked budget negotiations. At least that I know of. The truth is we don’t know … Continue reading

Assembly Voting System: Welsh Labour v. Electoral Reform Society

A furious row has erupted between Welsh Labour and the Electoral Reform Society, the latest in a series of disagreements over possible changes to the way Assembly Members are elected. The ERS says changes backed by Labour would ‘rob thousands of voters of a choice and vote’ and be ‘damaging for democracy and damaging for … Continue reading

Welsh Budget latest: Conservatives out in the cold

The Welsh Government has ruled out doing a budget deal with the Conservatives and will from now on only talk to Plaid Cymru and the Liberal Democrats. It’s no surprise that a Labour government would find it difficult to reach any such agreement with the Conservatives, but it’s still a significant step to rule it … Continue reading

Welsh Labour & Assembly voting system

Welsh Labour’s Executive Committee has backed a controversial call by the Shadow Welsh Secretary Peter Hain to elect all Assembly members by first-past-the-post IF there are if to be changes to the boundaries. ‘IF’ is the crucial word because as you will see below, Welsh Labour has now set itself firmly against ANY change and … Continue reading

Welsh Budget latest / Sharp End preview

Well it seems at least one of the things I said earlier this week about the behind-the-scenes talks on the Welsh budget was wrong: the opposition parties certainly have been working together. It’s not quite a return of the rainbow coalition which almost happened after the 2007 but what I expect to happen this afternoon … Continue reading

Conservative candidates in Labour heartlands

My attention has been drawn to something which was said to Welsh Conservatives at their policy forum last weekend and has been overlooked. It gives an insight into the party’s intentions for next year’s local elections and, I think, into a wider strategy. Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan told party members that next year, they should … Continue reading

Welsh Government Budget talks

Behind the scenes in the Assembly, party leaders have been meeting to try to reach agreement on the Welsh Government’s spending plans. The reason why these meetings have been happening is because Carwyn Jones’ Labour Government doesn’t have a majority of votes in the Senedd; in fact the number of seats is equally divided between … Continue reading

Euro-vote and Welsh Conservatives

I’ve been gauging the views of Welsh Conservative MPs ahead of tonight’s vote in the House of Commons on whether or not there should be a referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. We can expect at least one to defy his party’s leadership and vote for the motion. That’s because Monmouth’s David Davies, … Continue reading

ComRes Survey

There’s some new polling on what people here in Wales think, feel and fear about the economic future, about cuts in public spending and how the UK Government is carrying out those changes. It comes courtesy of the ITV News Index – a joint project with pollsters ComRes which is tracking attitudes towards the way … Continue reading

Wrestling News: David Davies MP.

Not content with white collar boxing, Monmouth MP David Davies has now taken to wrestling. As you can see in these pictures, he came face to face with two of the star wrestlers from TNA’s Impact Wrestling, which airs on Challenge TV. In the photo on the left he’s grappling with Mickie James, described by … Continue reading

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