Election 2011

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AMs vote to reinstate Aled Roberts

AMs have just voted (at 3.40pm) to reinstate aled Roberts. There were 30 votes for, 20 against and three abstensions. There were four AMs not present, the Presiding Officer and her deputy do not vote and of course until that moment there was one vacancy. Advertisements

Decision Time for the Lib Dem Two

Assembly Members have been given the legal advice on which they are supposed to base their decision tomorrow on whether to reinstate the two disqualified Liberal Democrat AMs, Aled Roberts and John Dixon. In brief summary, the two reports confirm that Aled Roberts checked the rules but he was misled because he looked at the … Continue reading

Lib Dem 2: The Senedd saga continues

The Assembly Standards Commissioner, Gerard Elias QC, has begun his investigation into the two disqualified Welsh Liberal Democrat AMs. His inquiry was put on hold while the police and Crown Prosecution Service conducted their own investigations. Yesterday South Wales Police said: South Wales Police has now completed an investigation into an allegation of electoral fraud … Continue reading

Alleged electoral fraud investigation

Police have confirmed that they have launched an investigation into alleged electoral fraud following a complaint made to North Wales and South Wales police forces regarding the election of Liberal Democrat AMs John Dixon and Aled Roberts. The pair were technically not eligible to stand for election because of their membership of two separate quangos … Continue reading

A Fine Mess

UKIP MEP John Bufton may have just done Carwyn Jones a big favour. He’s complained to the police about Aled Roberts and John Dixon, the two Liberal Democrats who have been disqualified as Assembly members because they were members of quangos answerable to the Assembly at the time of their election. If the police decide … Continue reading

Guest blog; Antoinette Sandbach – First week in the Assembly

Newly elected Conservative AM for north Wales, Antoinette Sandbach, gives us an insight into Welsh politics as she looks at her first week as an AM.  By Antoinette Sandbach Having stayed up all night to watch the results on 5th May, I woke up to the news that the Leader of the Welsh Conservatives Nick … Continue reading

Nick Ramsay and Andrew RT Davies set to go head-to-head for Welsh Conservative leadership

Nominations for the next leader of the Welsh Conservatives are due to close later today. The party are looking for a new chief after Nick Bourne lost his Senedd seat in the recent Assembly elections. The race looks set to see Nick Ramsay pitted against Andrew RT Davies. Nominees need the support of three other … Continue reading

Edwina as business minister: reaction

The Welsh business community has been reacting to Edwina Hart’s appointment as Minister for Business, Enterpriseand Technology. Head of the Institute of Directors Robert Lloyd Griffiths says Ms. Hart is experienced and has a reputation for getting things done. He believes it’s encouraging that her job actually includes the word ‘business’ in the title as it signals the Welsh Assembly … Continue reading

Ieuan Wyn Jones

All political careers are said to end in failure and Ieuan Wyn Jones is hardly going out on a high note. But he has surely secured his place in Welsh political history as the man who finally took Plaid Cymru into government and who played a crucial role in securing the referendum –and a ‘yes’ … Continue reading

Ieuan Wyn Jones steps down as Plaid Cymru leader

Ieuan Wyn Jones has announced his intention to step down as leader of Plaid Cymru. The former deputy first minister said he would step down as leader of the party sometime during the first half of the new assembly term. The news comes after disappointing election results which saw Plaid Cymru slip behind the Conservatives … Continue reading

Carwyn Jones unveils new cabinet

Cabinet details are as follows: Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AC/AM Prif Weinidog Cymru/First Minister of Wales Delivery Unit, Energy, Wales for Africa, Intergovernmental relations, Wales in the World, European Union, Civil Service Reform Edwina Hart  AC/AM OStJ MBE Minister for Business, Enterprise and Technology Lesley Griffiths AC/AM Minister for Health and Social Services Jane Hutt … Continue reading

Who will win the title of Presiding Officer?

Political reporter Lynn Courtney examines the top contenders for the role of Presiding Officer, post-elections. Just as we politicos were relaxing last night after a hard day with our ears to the keyhole, I had a phone call from one of my contacts. Having left the Senedd snug in the knowledge that we more or … Continue reading

Polls Apart?

It’s always worth remembering that opinion polls are a snapshot, not a forecast –in other words that they only attempt to measure people’s preferences when they’re carried out not what will happen on Election Day. Still, Dr Denis Balsom did well with his final projection last week for seats in the Assembly. He gave Labour … Continue reading

Election 2011 – Where now?

By Adrian Masters The dust is beginning to settle, the politicians are rested and refreshed and this is the week in which decisions will be taken which will have long-term consequences for Welsh politics. I expect to see some movement by the end of Monday from Carwyn Jones about how he intends to deal the … Continue reading

Assembly election results

Wales has voted – here are the details of how many votes each candidate has received. Constituencies are listed alphabetically. Assembly Election Seats: CON – 14; LAB – 30; LIB DEM – 5; PLAID – 11 ABERAVON LAB HOLD CON, TJ Morgan – 2,704; LAB, David Felix Rees – 12,104; LIB DEM, Helen Ceri Clarke … Continue reading

The Finishing Line

Here is our final YouGov poll of this assembly election campaign, carried out 2-4 May with a sample size of 1010. It’s compared with the 2007 election, the April ITV Wales news poll (fieldwork 12-14 April) and the Y Byd ar Bedwar poll (fieldwork 24-26 April). The figures are weighted for likelihood to vote. Constituency … Continue reading

The role of the civil service

Uncertainty is the only certainty on this last day of election campaigning before voting gets under way tomorrow morning. That uncertainty may be interesting for people like me and nerve-wracking for politicians, but it’s the civil service for whom it causes a real problem. They have to be ready to swing into action to deliver … Continue reading

Guest blog: Leighton Andrews of Welsh Labour

We’ve been running a series of guest blogs from the four main political parties in Wales over the last few days ahead of this week’s Assembly elections. We finish with Leighton Andrews, Welsh Labour‘s education spokesperson. By Leighton Andrews Welsh Labour is the only party committed to addressing the school funding gap by raising school … Continue reading

Guest blog: Edwina Hart of Welsh Labour

We have been  running guest blogs from the four political parties over the last few days in the run-up to the Assembly Elections. We continue with Edwina Hart, Health Spokesperson for Welsh Labour.  By Edwina Hart Today’s National Health Service is a vast improvement on the situation Labour inherited in 1997. As a result of … Continue reading

Guest blog: Jenny Randerson of the Welsh Liberal Democrats

We will be running guest blogs from the four political parties over the next few days in the run-up to the Assembly Elections. We continue with Jenny Randerson of the Welsh Liberal Democrats who writes about the party’s education plan. By Jenny Randerson Welsh schools were once the envy of the UK. Now, sadly, international … Continue reading

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