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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

Olympic goodwill

The organisers of the London 2012 Olympic Games are hoping that today’s announcement of the torch relay route will finally persuade all parts of the United Kingdom that the games don’t just belong to their host city. It seems to be doing the trick. The torch will visit all 22 council areas in Wales and … Continue reading

Guest blog: “Social values need to be part of our planning system”

We’ve been running guest blogs from the four main political parties in Wales on the subject of environment and development in the country. Our final blog is from Julie Morgan, Labour AM for Cardiff North. By Julie Morgan British Labour Leader, Ed Miliband, has talked a great deal recently about re-establishing the connection between wealth creation … Continue reading

Guest blog: Scrutinizing TAN 8

We’re running guest blogs from the four main political parties in Wales on the subject of environment and development in the country. Russell George, Conservative AM for Montgomeryshire By Russell George I have found the last few weeks as a member of the National Assembly’s Environment and Sustainability Committee absolutely fascinating. For those not aware, the … Continue reading

Guest blog: The ‘trust deficit’ that threatens a sustainable future for Wales

We’re running guest blogs from the four main political parties in Wales on the subject of environment and development in the country. William Powell, Liberal Democrat AM for Mid & West Wales, calls for a renewable energy strategy that balances Wales’ energy needs with input from local communities. By William Powell AM Few would disagree with our … 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

Guest blog: I’m one of the “Hardest Hit”

By Phillip Richards Phillip Richards lives in Capel Llanilltern near Cardiff. He’s 56 and had a stroke in April 2010 as a result of a heart condition. Phillip now struggles to walk long distances and needs a walking stick. After his stroke he had to give up work, he’s joining other disabled people and their … 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

Smacking children: For or against?

Yesterday Assembly members voted in favour of a motion calling for the smacking of children to be banned. It would make the Welsh Government the first in the UK to change the law regarding smacking. But the minister responsible for children in Wales, Gwenda Thomas, said no legislation will come into force until at least … Continue reading

Guest blog: ‘Wales must make greatest possible use of the wealth from our resources’

We’re running guest blogs from the four main political parties in Wales, on the subject of environment and development in the country. Simon Thomas, Plaid Cymru AM for Mid and West Wales, calls for a national ‘wealth fund’ to be set up. By Simon Thomas AM A crucial question for the future of Wales is … 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

Silk Commission: could reduce the Assembly’s powers.

The Welsh Secretary has told tonight’s Sharp End that the Commission looking at devolution in Wales could recommend that some powers be removed from the Assembly as well as that more could be transferred. As I reported on Tuesday, Cheryl Gillan launched the commission under the leadership of former Assembly official Paul Silk to look … Continue reading

Total jobless in Wales rises by 16000

Unemployment figures in Wales have been described as “extremely disappointing” by business minister Edwina Hart as the total number of jobless here rises to 131,000. Figures released by the Office of National Statistics for the June to August quarter have the highest unemployment rate for the UK in 15 years, with the total number of … Continue reading

The Silk Commission

So, it’s officially RIP to Calman Cymru and long live the Silk Commission. Paul Silk, who was Clerk of the National Assembly soon after it was set up, has today been unveiled as the chair of the UK Government’s Commission on Devolution in Wales. Here’s the Wales Office release announcing his appointment and the make-up … Continue reading

Education minister Leighton Andrews University of Wales council chair to ‘consider his position’

Education minister Leighton Andrews has called on the Chair of Council of University of Wales to ‘consider his position’ after a catalogue of damning reports and criticism of the institution. In a statement released to the press this afternoon Mr. Andrews said “the once great name” of the University had been sullied by poor governance. … Continue reading

University education funding loop-holes?

The Welsh Government has rejected claims that it could find itself footing the bill for thousands of European students as a result of its decision to limit the fees students living in Wales have to pay. A report in the Sunday Times claimed that; ‘thousands of European students could have their fees at English universities paid by the … Continue reading

Cheryl Gillan practices accents at audio-books for children recording

Sometimes its very easy to see politicians as one dimensional characters. For example, Cheryl Gillan, Secretary of State for Wales, has a hugely responsible job. She deals with serious matters on a daily basis. So it was a revelation to see her today recording a children’s story for youngsters totally enjoying herself and immersed in … Continue reading

Cameron, Council Tax and Cardiff Bay

David Cameron made his thoughts clear when I interviewed him earlier: the Welsh Government ‘should’ freeze council tax. But that was his second answer. He first said, ‘I hope they will.’ And that hesitation gets to the heart of this row which is that, whatever the Prime Minister says, devolution means that it’s up to … Continue reading

Guest blog: Charges for single-use bags have arrived

By Sarah Philpott Change has come to Wales in the form of the single-use carrier bag charge and here at Keep Wales Tidy we think that can only be a good thing for our country and our communities. From 1 October, all retailers in Wales will have to charge a five pence levy on single-use … Continue reading

Conservative Conference: Andrew RT Davies six-minute introduction

When he stands up at the Conservative conference in Manchester on Sunday, Andrew RT Davies will have to give the speech of his political career. He has just six minutes in which to introduce himself to the UK party as the new leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly and to tell those who … Continue reading

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